Wanted to welcome you to the chronic pain forum, but am so sorry you have such pain at such a young age. I hope this next orthopod. has some good ideas for you.
My cousin is a pharmacist, and also has serious arthritis in her knees. She gets some types of injections that help - something that's in a series of 3. But she said they can only do these for so long. She's in her 50's though. BUT she also uses a cream called ALCIS which she swears by. You don't need a prescript
ion; she buys it over the web, I think. But it is very expensive. She periodically gives me a tube and I use it very sparingly on my back. She buys it in bulk so it's a little cheaper, but says she couldnt' function without it.
Hope this helps a bit.
Glad you decided to start posting!
Jenn- I just read your history and am so sorry for all your losses, but you know in your head you cannot save everyone. Yet you need some help making peace with this in your heart. I encourage you strongly to find a good therapist to help with grief and depression. That's a lot of serious loss in a short period of time for anyone to handle. Hugs to you.
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