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pamela1edwardspamela1edwards Posts: 4Member Listener
edited February 11 in Neurological conditions
I have osteoarthritis in both hands hip a bulging disc and nerve damage and osteoarthritis in my spine and osteoarthritis in both knees I am on tramadol and gabapentin. 


  • Gwendoline1Gwendoline1 Posts: 189Member Pioneering
    Hiya pamela1edwards,
    How are you, sounds like I’m reading a part of my diagnosis.
    Oesteoarthritis is not nice. Don’t you find the pain unbearable at times. 
    Ive recently started putting hot water bottles underneath my knees, well the back of them when i go to bed. I’ve found it helps a little or maybe it’s a distraction.
    Hope you are surviving the pain well😀. Keep warm and take care.😀😀😀
  • MisscleoMisscleo Posts: 534Member Pioneering
    Me too. And yes unbareable is the word.
    I have a massage pad 6ft long you lie on it and its a warming feeling as it massarges you. I got it from QVC.
    In on morphine twice a day  day. 
    90% of my joints need replacing..iv had arthritis for 63 years and dont know how iv kept going.
    Yoga helps if done slowly
  • Gwendoline1Gwendoline1 Posts: 189Member Pioneering
    It’s so painful. There are days I find it hard to bare.
    The hardest thing I find is its so debilitating. I’ve always been so independent had a career, worked full time, we have two children all grown up now.
    I have a brilliant husband ,we’ve been married 36 years this year.
    My husband will do anything to help me, he’s my carer these days.
     I find it so hard, I’ve always been so independent.
    He doesn’t understand how I feel, equally I wouldn’t expect him to.
    i feel so ungrateful, the pain gets to much at times.
    Thats me having a moan and groan. 😀😀😀

  • pamela1edwardspamela1edwards Posts: 4Member Listener
    That's so true Gwendoline1 I used to do care for the elderly but find I need the care now the pain is so severe I can't move even get cracking in my toes now my husband is so good to me helps me so much don't worry about moaning we all need to at times it helps when someone knows exactly wot your going through .
  • Gwendoline1Gwendoline1 Posts: 189Member Pioneering
    Hiya pamela1edwards,
    You’re right, you only understand when you go through something yourself.
    I hate being like this. Im slowly trying to accept it.
    My husband keeps me unbeat.
    What a grizzler I am today. Hahaha.
    Must be the weather.
    Thank to you both for your support, it’s much appreciated. 😀😀😀

  • pamela1edwardspamela1edwards Posts: 4Member Listener
    You are welcome huni anytime x 
  • Gwendoline1Gwendoline1 Posts: 189Member Pioneering
    After reading my post, I could see I’d written my poor husband ‘keeps me unbeat’, bless him, correct my spelling ‘ keeps me upbeat’. 
    Thanks again pamela1edwards.😀😀😀
  • pamela1edwardspamela1edwards Posts: 4Member Listener
    That's ok I knew wot you ment hun x
  • DanOApanDanOApan Posts: 52Member Connected
    I found out last year that I have it in right knee
    But TBH I've had lower back pain many years on and off since a work accident .
    Now I have it in my neck after being rear ended .knees and ankle after a work accident. Only thing that helps me is of the herbal variety some work better than others... do some research on cannabis or a long hot bath helps ease aches & pains.
    Gabapentin is an opiate based drug and side effect for me were far worse than anything I've experienced as well as deluxotine(cmalta) these made me totally ill 
    Btw I'm only 40 and have just been found fit for work from dwp ⊙⊙. What a life eh.

  • Gwendoline1Gwendoline1 Posts: 189Member Pioneering
    Hiya DanOApan,
    I know Gabapentin is one of the medications I take, it’s not very pleasant. 
    I also find a hot bath is helpful.
    Arthritis is so debilitating and to be found fit for work is mind blowing. I hope everything works out for you. Good luck 😀😀😀
  • chrissy100chrissy100 Posts: 1Member Listener
    Hi everyone.
    I'm a sufferer too. I'm also on Gabapentin ,along with the strongest Fentanyl patches they can give me.  I have had total replacement of both shoulders . One being done as a reverse polarity.  I have it in my wrists, hands, lower spine and knees. I have had it since I was in my late 30's.
    I hope you are all ok today? X
  • DanOApanDanOApan Posts: 52Member Connected
    Hi chrissy same shoite different day!!
    Don't know about anyone else but if I'm more active than usual I have a terrible ache in my knees at night keeping me from sleeping which is making things so much worse as from what I understand mood plays a large part in pain?

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