June, so good to see you here again! Glad to hear that your liver disease is stable!
PG, I think her doc was trying to make a funny--although some with RA have been known to take their own lives because the pain is so bad. To differentiate: RA is the really crippling type of arthritis; OA is the more common kind that causes joint pain. Osteoporosis is thinning of the bone and DDD is just what the name implies.
June, a rheumatologist treats all sorts of arthritis and other bone pain, so I suggest you find another one. I also have OA and DDD, along with cervical spondylosis. Of course, with the hip replacements and revisions, I also have arthritic pain in my hips and a lot of stiffness, particularly in cold weather. Although it may hurt, it's best to keep moving--gentle, stretching moves. Cold weather really makes my joints stiff and aching. When my neck gets really bad, I use a moist heating pad and prescription strength ibuprofen 800 mg. At one time, I was on 3 Lortab and 3 800 mg ibuprofen a day. I was never told to cut down because of my liver, but have done so myself. I now only take the ibuprofen when the pain is really bad, and am down to 2 Lortab a day and sometimes 1 (just had a 3rd hip revision in Aug.)
Are you taking medication for your osteoporosis? Or is that contraindicated due to your liver disease?
Hope you have a good Christmas!