When I was around 18 I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in my left knee, but now I'm almost 25 and I am having a lot more bone pain but the most extreme is my knees but now I have the same pain, popping, cracking in my hips, ankles, wrists, lower ribcages with a bump on the right, shoulder blades, neck, spine, and my tailbone hurts pretty bad as well, oh and the bone in the side of my foot.. i haven't been back to a specialists since the diagnosis and I have no insurance. Does Osteoarthritis affect almost all your bones?
Yes osteoarthritis can affect any joint in your body. You seem to be having a great deal of pain, in a lot of areas of your body. It may be due to something else. You really need to see a doctor to get a diagnosis. The popping and cracking sounds more than arthritis.
It is difficult for us here to make a diagnosis. Don't you think it would be wise to ask for a refferal back to the specialist?
I would love to see a specialist the problem is I am waiting to be approved for medicaid so I can see my primary care and my neurologist, I could try over the phone to get my doctor to referr me but I'm unsure if he can find a specialist that will see me without medicaid or money to pay up front. When he referred me to a new neurologist they wouldn't see me without an insurance they take or $200 up front for the very first appointment I don't have any money right now because of all my health issues interferring with work:( The dhs is taking forever to get back with me i applied for insurance in feb. they gave me plan first which only covers gyno type stuff so i told her I need straight medicaid to see my doctors i need to see and she told me in April more people will be eligible so now I am waiting on if I am or not.
As I live in the UK things are different over here. I am not familiar with how things are in the USA, so I am not much help - sorry.
Until I have insurance, Any help I can get is appreciated and I thank you(: I just figured since I already have osteoarthritis and the pain and cracking, popping sounds are similar so I figured it was just arthritis. I don't really know what else it could be..
You are so young to be having the pain of osteoarthritis, and I am so sorry you are having more problems. Although we have NHS over here in UK it takes a long time after a referral to get treatment. I phoned today about seeing a physiotherapist privately, as can take a long time on NHS, but the cost was prohibitive. I did have a sports massage instead, as cheaper, but although it was very nice, I don't think it has helped with my pain.
When I saw a specialist at the hospital what they offer is strong pain killers or injections. I believe physiotherapy or oesteopathy is best for manipulating painful arthritis joints. I am going to see my doctor next week and ask how long a referral will take. Last time it took 3 months to see a physiotherapist at my local hospital, but they did help a lot. But when we are in acute pain, like you and I, we don't want to wait.
I do a lot of different exercises to try and help myself, and stay mobile. We have to live with it as best we can, but not easy. I take different supplements to try and help. I am an old lady so wear and tear of arthritis is expected, but for someone your age it must be very difficult. I do hope you get more help soon.