Karen Hi and Welcome,
We are glade to have you and hope that you will continue to come here.This is a wounderful place and you will see soon we have alot of informative people here and there is all way's someone that will be able to answer your questions.
I would like to say that I have crohns,ra,oa,as, sejerens as well.The OA has gotten in my left knee bad and I have to use a can to help me get around because I cannot put very much pressure on that knee.
I have seen an orthopedic Doctor and they wanted to do a total knee replacment but i wanted to wait untill fall-winter before having this done.I have no other option because of the damage.I haqve also going to have ankle surgery to repair the cuff in my ankle and this will be done both at the same time.
I have it in both hips but the left hip is in worse shap than the right one and i will have to have some work done on it to at a later date though.
You stated that you are 39 I will be 39 next month and I have learned that arthritis has no prefrence (sp) on way or the other.I told my doc that I was to young to have this and he said alot of people think that it is just something old people get.
I failed to say that i as well have inflamation in the lining of my nerves and in the lining of my musels as well.It is very painful and I was placed on Lyrica and it seemed to help but I was having some seriouse side-effects it was causing my kiddneys to not function right.But with all meds every one reacts differentley