OA/Neuropathy......what a combo!

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/11/2006 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
First.....I'd like to say hello to all of you here @ HealingWell!  I'm glad to have found you!
I've thought lately that I'm long overdue for this.  
As I'm sure most/all of you can relate, dealing with Arthritis and all that comes along with it not only tests our pain thresholds physically, but even more so 'mentally'.  It definitely has me and I'd thought for yrs that I have a fairly high pain threshold.  Well, not so true anymore.  The wear and tear gets to be too much and I am brought to tears at times. 
Anyway...my OA hurts.  It's been strategically placed so as to hurt in one respect but not another (my knees for instance).  I have cushion to simply walk, but to get up and down, even from a sitting position, gives me great pain and huge effort.  It's my 'kneecaps'. 
Have tried a hundred different meds, etc.  (well ok, not a hundred, but it seems like it)
Also have severe neuropathy in the joints of all my toes and the balls of my feet (finally found Gabapentin which is eliminating the burning).  I'm on my feet all day at work (ironically, I'm in a retired status unofficially and sat in a corporate binny for 20+ yrs).
One person says ..........'keep active'!  The doc says..........'find a sitdown job'!   
It's a mixed bag and each day is an effort. 
Several other surgeries on 'bones', but won't get into all that......yet!
Can you relate?????????????
thanks for just letting me get this bit out in the open!!!!!
hugz from Abq.,NM

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 12/12/2006 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the Arthitis Forum,

We are so glade to have you all though sorry that you are having to deal with all this and I can share these problems with you because I suffer like you do and it's no walk in the park.

I to deal with OA and I'm looking a total left knee replacment and a left hip replacment as well.I noticed that you did not mention any meds other that the Gabapentin.So are you on any other kind of meds for your OA and neuropathy pain?

I have alot that is wrong with me and I will list them and my meds so you can get an idear as to what I'm talking about.So here it goes.

I have Crohns,RA,OA,AS,Sejerens syndrom and I have what they call Issmatic small vessle disasea as well.I also suffer from depression as well.So here is the list of meds I'm on and this will give you an idear to some meds that you may want to ask about if you have not all ready been on them.

I take Humira for my crohns and RA.I take Plaqunil for my OA,I take Entocort for crohns.I take Phenergan for nausea.I take Folic acid because of some of my meds depleat it.I take 6MP for my Crohns I take Sulfazine for crohns and Ra.I take Lovastatin for my high colesterol and I take Paxil for my depression and I take with this is my Gabapentin for depression.I take Dicyclomine for the Crohns.I take Aterex for the Sojerens to help me make salva(sp)and i take Lasixs for Edema(fluid retention)as well with bumex because I swell really bad.I failed to mention that the Sulfazine helps my OA as well.I'am on Oxycodone for pain I use this pain med for break through pain.I'm as well on Fentanyl pain patches I change them every three day's (72 hours).I also take a multi vitamine as well.I all most for got that I take Elavil for the pain and burning in my feet and help alot.

So you may want to talk to your doctor about Elavil,my father take's this as well so just a surgestion.Please do continue to post here.


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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 450
   Posted 12/12/2006 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I am listing symptoms/test results cuz my Dr is still trying to figure out exactly what's going on with me. If any of this rings a bell with you, email me at daisyhen at msn dot com.
DDD- MRI confirmed
Arthritis-xray confirmed
disc slippage in neck-MRI confirmed
Ulcers-endoscopic confirm
dishydrotic eczema
Had both knees scoped in '93' (awesome improvement)
Are we having fun yet?

New Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 12/13/2006 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey curley.........appreciate your taking the time to write a note. 
You are definitely dealing with several issues and my heart goes out to you!!!
Medication-wise, I haven't kept track of the OA meds as I've tried several and I probably should have.  The doc just gave me Etodolac, but I don't like it so am going to stick to Indocin.
Oxycodone also.
I'll ck on the med for the neuropathy that you suggested as I have to take the Gabapentin three times a day (600 mg) to keep the pain/burning in my feet under control. 
And...thanks to the family genes, I have high blood pressure to keep under control with Diovan HCT.
Anyway.........this forum is great and truly helps me keep all in perspective already!
big hugz........!

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 1179
   Posted 12/15/2006 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
hi and welcome glad you have joined our forum. i have RA and take different meds so i have little ot offer but i do have a corporate binny when i am in the office. great for privacy :) take care and welcome yalinda

New Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 12/20/2006 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   

I see that most on here have RA and don't see much discussion in the way of OA.  Could I be in the wrong forum?


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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 1179
   Posted 12/22/2006 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
nope we have OA's PA's RA's u name it we got it, ur in the right place :) yalinda

deb in indiana
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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 387
   Posted 12/22/2006 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
i have o/a and p/a this forum has helped me greatly also i was where you were two years ago after 6 years pain dr.said my insurance wasn't no good and he couldn't help me any more we had blue cross and it changed to uhc which i went from 5.00 co pays to 60.00 and when you take 18 different meds day that gets high.So when i fell at work and drs.said i needed a k/r at 48 but wanted to wait till iam older i told hubby i was quiting the jobs and drs.told me to file ssd .so i found a rumy and new pain dr. and doing better but ssd is slow its been2 years in nov.and iam still waiting hearing but records got lost twice so now iam at peace with my self i just couldn't do it any more 2 jobs for 28 years .so hang in there and do whats best for you the only problem i have is hubby i paid bills while he did what ever with his money and he is having the hard time now but he never has understood DEB
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