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Osteoarthritis

osteoarthritis

This is a condition that most often affects the joints, and is the most common form of arthritis seen in the UK. It generally causes damage to the cartilage, causing friction between the bones, as well as causing unusual bone growths and deposits and inflammation of the joints around the bones. It usually develops in people over the age of 50, and is one of the common side effects of the menopause.

Common symptoms include tenderness around the joint, stiffness and a cracking sound when moving, as well as warmth developing around the inflamed joints. These symptoms can vary according to whether the area of impact is the knees, hands or hips (the most commonly affected joints). Although the conditions cannot be cured, there are various methods to alleviate the symptoms and keep the condition under control. Applying warm or cold compresses to the affected joints can help improve the symptoms, whilst over the counter pain relief such as aspirin and paracetamol are also effective. In the most serious cases there are surgical options to replace the damaged joints (most commonly used on the hips and knees), whilst physiotherapy can be used to ensure that stiffness doesn’t take hold and lead to further deterioration of the condition.

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pain in top of leg worsens when walking and stiffens sometimes gives in causing imbalance.





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why does my knee swell with fluid .I had knee replacement 3 years ago and since feb this year my knee keeps gathering fluid .dr says joint ok just rest but it is happening so many times now and so painful





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I have a hard lump in the top of my hand ive had it for about 7 years , I got it after being in a fight . it doesnt really hurt untill the winter comes and when i bend my hand down it looks like it wants to pop out .





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I am 26 and have had pain in my knee for over a year also with fluid on the knee I don't exercise or work I'm at home with my 2 and a half y Child ..but am a size 14 ..now the pains are starting in my shoulder neck lower back hip wrists and fingers but only my middle fingers all on the left side mostly I get headaches dizziness and nausea I also can't sleep or appetite has gone a Help ,,,,





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I had CT scan on the top of my spine because of the pain i was getting , they said i have spong Osteoarthritis because it is curved at the top of my neck. But the pain i get in my shoulder blade is like shape stabbing pain and someone is pulling the nerve which makes it very tight and painful .is this pain caused by my spine curved or is it trapped nerve...?





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Hi I had terrible shoulder pain for several years, which I think was mostly from carrying heavy things and I also had a few falls which really made them worse. I had injections and an Arthroscopy operation to remove some bony growth inside my shoulder socket. The arthritis got worse and last year I had to have a Shoulder replacement. Although these operations were painful, my shoulder is much better now, though there's still some restricted movement and it aches a bit. However, I'm glad it was done as I am now able to drive and use an Automatic transmission. Car. It has really improved my quality of life. I cannot carry much in weight now or ride my bicycle anymore but the pain is virtually gone in that shoulder. What's worrying me now, is that I am on a waiting list to have the other shoulder replaced and worry about the future. Apparently they only last about 10yrs and will that mean that as they wear out will both my arms become incapacitated? That is a poor prognosis and I was advised by a couple of people that its a bad idea to have them both done, but my specialist insists its necessary. Has anyone else had bilateral Shoulder replacement operations?





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I have been working out for the last 2 years Now into my third year I have noticed pain in My inner bones off my elbows. Very sore to Touch & tender





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I would like to know if Nu-Col marketed by Healthy for Life is realistic in its claims that this product can do. "How quickly collagen Supplementation can improve your health "





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I broke my elbow when I was 12. I lost all of my cartilage, a lot of bone, and my bursa sacs as well as movement and range of motion. I had a rough surgery where they removed fluid and bone, sawed my bone down, drilled holes in it, and tried to get back my cartilage. In the end, I ended up gaining Osteoarthritis, osteochondritis dissecans, and cubital tunnel. Osteoarthritis is painful. It causes my arm to stick, have trouble moving, feel worn out, and pop a lot. OCD is a disease where my cartilage and outer layer of bone is killed off constantly. My cubital tunnel was caused by my deformed arm, pinching my funny bone nerve, in turn making my hands and arms go numb and hurt even more. I've had surgeries, physical therapy, and have taken a variety of medications. Hardly any normal pain pills work towards the arthritis or bone pain. They usually only help with the numbness/skin pain. Physical therapy makes the joint feel good for about 30 minutes and then it's back to hurting. I'm now unable to easily put on coats, touch my face or shoulder, and flex my wrist. It hurts to write and type and I have to wear knitter's constricting gloves to play my computer.





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Hi yea I have severe pain in my Right Index Thumb for three weeks now it is Inflamed,very sore to move it about. Have been to my Local Minor Injury Department at my local Hospital. They told me it was inflamed they also strapped it up for me.Was told to keep Strapping on for a week which I did do. I also went to see my own Doctor about it, was prescribed anti inflammatory gel to put on it but doesn't seem to have helped.There is also History of Arthritis in the Family. The Severe Pain in my thumb is now in my Right Hand.The pain keeps me awake at night. Could someone please help me thanks





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