Ii think what you are experiencing is more that it has caught up with you. A lot of people have arthritis but don't have any pain ..... UNTIL something happens. In my case I was 42. I had hurt my back vacuuming. It took quite a while to come right, with anti-inflammatory meds and a couple other pain relief meds. Then exactly one year later I hurt my back again - mopping this time. It was really painful and the pain relief did diddly squat. After a couple months I went to the Dr and he did x-rays. It turned out I had arthritis of the spine and scoliosis. I didn't know I had either, and had been working for a lot of years doing hard graft, including lifting people by myself. When I asked the Dr if the arthritis could have been caused by the injuries I had incurred vacuuming and mopping, he said that it would have been there a long time, but that is what caused it to be noticed.
As we get older we are more likely to develop arthritis - just a lot of people don't know that they have it.
below are some suggestions that may make a positive difference:
Get a new bed - one that isn't rock hard, but not one that has a lot of give in it, either. Your spine should be straight when laying on your side. At the very least, a new mattress! Having something like a woolrest under your sheet is good. It breathes properly and is really gentle on your joints. A lot of places use the wool (not knitting wool) to help prevent/reduce pressure area sores. It also helps you to get a good sleep.
Ask your Dr for a referral to a Registered Physiotherapist. They can fully asses you with your range of movement, etc. and based on x-rays and physical examination, can prescribe the appropriate exercises for you. In my case I was sent to a Physiotherapist who is also a qualified practicing Pilates Instructor. She was marvelous. She takes small classes so you virtually get one-on-one. They are on hand to reposition you in the various exercises. Even an inch adjustment can make a huge difference. I went from having to stop every 20 minutes to 1/2 hr in a car and getting out to walk around and at times being in tears, to being able to go for 1 1/2 hrs without having to get out. It reduced the pain considerably. Pilates focuses on the core muscles, altho' all other muscles are exercised and strengthened. It is often the poor core muscle strength that causes/exacerbates the pain.
I still get back and hip pain, but it isn't as bad as before or as frequent. I used to consume a LOT of various pain relief meds, including some opiates on occasion. What I have now in 2-3 months is what I was consuming in a week or two, but haven't needed the opiates for well over a year.
Jane - I can only suggest to work through it, with whatever help you can get, wherever.
I've suffered from arthritis for many years. But those particular few years were definitely worse than before or after. But then, those few years are likely to be worse in many ways, for many of us, than before or after. Maybe find a good osteopath or other health practitioner and have some appointments there.
Keep drinking your water. Keep eating your fruit and vegetables. Watch out for the sodium.
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arthritis is a nasty and fickle disease and it can hit like that. I have had it since I was around 20. I have had my days where I was ok, not much pain and then it hits full force where I don't think I'll move at all that day. The more you move the more it can help, but you have to listen to your body. I would talk to your doctor about this to see if there might be something that could help you.
Hi. I never post on message boards but am close to my wit's end. Did any of you develop arthritis when you entered menopause? I have been healthy and active all of my life, never more than 20 lbs overweight, and now, at age 51, all of a sudden my joints are aching (mainly hips and shoulders) and I am having trouble sleeping due to pain. There isn't enough under-eye concealer to cover my Addams Family-like dark circles! If I keep moving, all is well, but the minute I stop to sit or lay down, it's as if all my joints suddenly seize up. This has all started in the last 6 months. I am going in for a check up sometime over Christmas break, but I just can't believe that my body all of a sudden aged about 30 years! Is this the way arthritis normally hits?
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