I've not got a diagnosis for my pain, however it is concurrent with symptoms for osteoarthritis. As I've been suffering with pain in my knees, hips, lower back and knuckles for 12 years now I'm not holding out on a diagnosis anytime soon, more so because I know how much the medical comminity seem to despise diagnosing osteoarthritis in anyone below 50, I'm 30 so another 20 years to go before acknowledgement of OA will be given!
In all honesty I don't care what they choose to call it, I just want the symptoms managed appropriately. After moving home I had to change GP's so went to see new GP for an MOT and he has decided that we should try different painkillers to see if I can find one I'm ok with. I'm intollerant to morphine (i.e. it doesn't produce anaphyllactic shock but the side effects are horrendous). I also can't use tramodol, meptid, or codeine phosphate. I can tollerate 8/500 co-codamol but these no longer touch the pain due to prolonged use. I can't tollerate 30/500 co-codamol. On the NSAID side of life Ibuprofen is causing stomach problems (as it would do with prolonged use), diclofenac doesn't do much for the pain, nor does mefanemic acid. I know that it is a case of trial and error to see what works and what doesn't but wondered if anyone had any ideas on anything that may be suitable?
I am losing weight, as I am 2 stone overweight, and am hoping this will take some pressure off my joints. Pain makes it difficult to exercise which makes it difficult to lose weight which ultimately causes more pain, nothing like a vicious circle to concentrate one's mind!
I use glucosamine, chondroitin, cod liver oil and ensure my diet contains oily fish. TENS doesn't work, heat does work to a degree and so I try to utilise this as much as possible, hydrotherapy is beneficial (but not to the bank balance!) and I also use swimming as a method of controlling pain (though I do suffer afterwards).
So if anyone has any bright ideas be the natural remedies or prescribed then please let me know!