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    Welcome to The Osteoarthritis Community. Please Introduce Yourself!
    Lainey_WebMD_Staff posted:
    Hello and welcome to The Osteoarthritis community! My name is Lainey and I am the community moderator. Please introduce yourself and share what brings you to the community.

    Along with member support and contributions, WebMD provides some useful tools that can help you get the most of this community.

    If you're a member of the WebMD community, you have a profile page that you can use to tell the rest of us a little bit about you. Here is a link to help you set up your profile: Rock Your WebMD Profile Page!

    Search: Located above the "Popular Discussions"
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    Please feel free to join any discussion or post questions. This community is very helpful and supportive and we welcome you to share with us!

    Looking forward to meeting you all,

    Lainey :)
    kvaughn55 responded:
    I have just been diagnosed with RA. I am 56 years old. I am lucky, I think, in that I have minimum symptoms right now. My doctor and her staff are amazing. I am blessed to have found them on the first try. She did say that she wishes she had been able to see me earlier in my diagnosis. I do have some bone loss, so far only xrays of my hands. I also now have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis. I will be taking Remicade and Reclast. I cannot take Methotrexate because of liver issues. My doctor does not want to talk too much about progression for me right now as she wants to see how I respond to the medication. I will start the meds soon, a few more blood tests. I am a science teacher and try to be active but have a lot of stress in the last year, divorce, rotator cuff surgery, (it was my therapist who caught the symptoms of the RA.)and two new courses to teach for a total of 3 preps.
    I am very frightened at what may come. I know it is always different for everyone and the new meds, if I am OK with them are supposed to be wonderful.
    I have been quite sad and depressed on and off. I have been reading this blog but just not chimed in yet.
    Thanks for being here.
    Verree; responded:
    The arthritis in my hands is the most difficult to cope particular, my small/pinkie fingers. I have several swollen knuckles that still function almost normally, but my L pinkie will no longer bend down to touch the palm. I had physical therapy on it, and still do the exercises, altho not every day now, since there is only slight improvement, which ends immediately upon finishing the exercises. I have persisted for longer periods of exercising, tried heat, tried cold.............essentially nothing works. The L little finger is also partially numb, with tingling on all sides of it, and the adjacent side of the next finger, and going slightly down into the palm. Nerve studies by my physiatrist did not reveal anything significant, although he says this isn't normal. I keep feeling that the arthritis in the knuckle is the culprit in some way, but maybe not. I use my hands a great deal in various activities, and wish something could be done to improve the swelling in that finger.........AND, most importantly, to keep it from occurring in my other fingers. I have other swollen joints and "bends" in the tips of several fingers, but so far those all decent function. I've figured there is nothing to be done, that this is just another old-age thing (I'm 75). Am just checking with you, in case there are other things to try these days. I'm on Pradaxa for A-fib and HCTZ. Would appreciate a reply. Thanks.........JudyT
    Lainey_WebMD_Staff replied to kvaughn55's response:
    Welcome to the community Karen,

    Please feel free to join our discussions. It seems that you've gone through a lot this year. I hope you find some pain relief soon.

    Take care,

    It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys. Emil Zatopek
    Lainey_WebMD_Staff replied to Verree;'s response:
    Hi Judy and welcome to the community! Please feel free to post questions and join our discussions.

    Have you seen a specialist for arthritis yet?
    It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys. Emil Zatopek
    Verree; replied to Lainey_WebMD_Staff's response:
    No, I haven't seen a specialist. I've been thinking two things.....that I'm probably not bad enough yet, and that nothing can be done except pain management.....that the joint swelling and limit of use can't be fixed. Am I wrong???
    Lainey_WebMD_Staff replied to Verree;'s response:
    Hi Verree,

    One of the best ways to fight osteoarthritis is early detection. Your doctor can help with deciding the best actions to take for you. Sometimes a change in diet and exercise can slow the progression of osteoarthritis.

    Here is a link with more information about osteoarthritis .

    We are here to support and help. :)

    It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys. Emil Zatopek
    ricwag1142 responded:
    Hi folks. Rick Wagner here with an introduction.

    Prior to 3 months ago I was in good health and walked about two miles or more daily. Suddenly that changed. I have Osteoarthritis in my right hip and lower spine. I thought that this was oddly sudden but, looking back, I can see some warning signs that I didn't recognize.

    At this time I'm in considerable pain. I walk with a cane and bent over at a right angle. Everything is difficult but my outlook is good so far.

    I am indigent at this time and my county insurance only pays for a Primary Care Physician. So far we have been playing around with low doses of Vicodin or Percocet - neither of which has made a dent in the problem. My doctor indicated that we would really step things up this coming Thursday if still necesary. It is and I look forward to it. I hope that we go with MS Contin.

    Incidentally, I did go to the profile (my account) page and nothing seemed to work. It certainly didn't look like the example and I saw no newsletters listed. I'll look at it again later.
    Lainey_WebMD_Staff replied to ricwag1142's response:
    Hi ricwag1142,

    Welcome to the community! I am sorry that you are in pain and hope your doctor can help.

    I can help you with your profile page and the Newsletters that you would be interested in are Arthritis, Healthy Bones, and Chronic Pain/Back Pain. Here is the link

    "My Community Profile" is located on the left side of the main Osteoarthritis page. You can share your story and upload a picture. Let me know if you need any help at all.

    This is a great community filled with support.

    It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys. Emil Zatopek

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