Hello Judy, If you haven't research "gout," please do so as this could be your problem. I'm not a medical professional but tend to believe that it probably has more to do with your hiking incident & is not gout however, it's keep to become as educated as possible on the subject.
I have OA in various joints including my feet. My podiatrist once told me that unlike OA in other joints, those in the feet will over time, repair themselves. He stated that it is a painful process, but I found this to be encouraging just the same.
If your pain comes & goes, I would suggest staying away from weight bearing exercises during painful flares. Continue with the cycling & look into swimming as it's very therapeutic for all joints.
Listen to your body & then resume the weight bearing exercises when you get the green light from your toe.
Good luck & please keep us updated on your condition.
Hello again, alliej0225, Your "lol" was a relief in that attitude is so important to those of us who suffer with chronic pain.
I can't speak for the neck, but I do know that bone-on-bone status in other joints can eventually lead to destruction of the bone.
If you ever don't receive an answer to a question from a doctor, don't settle for that! Ask again & in a louder voice in case he/she didn't hear you.
Unfortunately, sometimes we just have to endure a certain level of pain & discomfort with OA. Some may argue that there must be meds to help the pain but many of the meds have unpleasant side effects.
Have you tried warm water exercises? This is a very effective therapy for me & many who use the pool I visit on a daily basis.
Have you been to a pain management clinic yet? Physiatrists are doctors who specialize in pain management & have helped many who live in chronic pain. Please look into this.
If after all conservative options have been exhausted then it may be time to consider surgery. Find a reputable neurosurgeon and/or orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the spine to discuss this possibility.
Hello alliej0225, I was told by doctors that one shouldn't be concerned about the popping noise unless pain accompanies it. Because you have the pain along with the popping I believe you should seek medical help. If necessary, go for a second opinion.
Hello bronme62400, I am sorry to hear of your problems. Often, Fibro co-exists with Osteoarthritis (OA). I suffer from both & the Fibro can really exacerbate the pain of OA.
I have never heard of the neck sinking into the spine as you describe. What is your chiro doing for this? Have you discussed treatment options with other doctors (orthopedic and/or neurosurgeons)?
I have found warm water therapy to be very beneficial for the stiffness & pain caused by our conditions. Is this a feasible option for you? Have you tried physical therapy of any kind?
With regard to your inquiry about disability, if your symptoms make it impossible for you to work, then this would be an option. The process can be a long one but if you have the support of your doctors it can be made easier. You don't mention your age, but this, too, is a factor in being successful with a claim.
I hope this is helpful. Please keep us informed on your situation.
I'll soon be 57 & have OA in several joints but the lower back is where it hurts most. I also have Fibromyalgia & the combination is brutal. As a result, I was forced to take early retirement. My new full time job is managing my condition. Although the OA is degenerative, there are ways to keep it under control. These include: - keep the weight down (extra pounds on a bad joint is a greater burden leading to more pain & faster degeneration). - keep active - "motion is lotion"; I have found warm water therapy to be very helpful with flexibility & consequently, improved mobility; walking is another good form of exercise & somewhat easy for many of us. - stretch throughout the day. - eat well & avoid the junk foods (this rule applies to maintaining better health for those with or without OA). - work at keeping a positive attitude; grieving is normal but try to limit time spent on unproductive thoughts. - keep it in perspective: living in chronic pain can be very difficult but we can all think of those worse off than ourselves. - pace yourself.
huckeldave, have you found any medications to help with pain relief? If not, please look into help from a pain clinic and/or a physiatrist (one who specializes in managing pain). Your primary care physician should be able to refer you to such.
Hello macgyverhiker, Firstly, let me commend you for leading such an active life. I am not a medical professional however, I would say that your knee is being over-worked. I would advise resting it for a while uuntil the swelling goes down. Do you have access to a warm water pool? This can be very therapeutic to arthritic and/or injured joints while allowing one to exercise without the impact.
Hi kathcasc, When it comes to arthritic pain, it's often hard to figure its origin as often the pain becomes referred & can be felt away from the degenerative joint.
I find warm water exercise to be very therapeutic in dealing with ailing joints. Many at the gym I belong to suffer from arthritis & also find the water to be the best medicine. A few, including myself, have been able to hold off on surgery as the water has helped us that much!
I understand that the knees can greatly benefit from bicycling, be it stationary or regular bike.
Before engaging in any exercise, please check with your doctor.