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Osteoarthritis Connect Group

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This online group serves the members of our arthritis community who are living with Osteoarthritis from across the country. We invite those who are looking for support, education, robust programming, expert speakers, and connection to join us and meet others who understand.  

Live Yes! Connect Groups offer connections, education, and empowerment. Adults living with arthritis from across the country come together online for professional- and volunteer-led sessions on topics, as well as fun group activities.

We offer a place of understanding and encouragement for both people living with arthritis and their loved ones. Group participants become self-advocates, develop self-management skills, and learn how to not just survive life with arthritis 

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, April 30th, 2024
    6:00 PM ET
    1h
  • Virtual Event
  •   36 people attending
Osteoarthritis Connect Group - Managing Multiple Arthritis Conditions with Dr. Ravi Sutaria

Join us on Tuesday April 30, 2024th at 6 pm Eastern Time / 5 pm Mountain Time / 4 pm Central Time / 3 pm Pacific Time for a 1 hour session. We are delighted to have Doctor Ravi Sutaria, Rheumatologist, joining us for a discussion about Managing Multiple Arthritis Conditions

Format: 5 min intro, 20 minute presentation, 30 min Q&A

Dr. Ravi Sutaria has completed his fellowship in Investigative Rheumatology at the Yale University School of Medicine / Yale New Haven Hospital. Prior to joining Yale, he was a clinical instructor of medicine at Jacobi Medical Center at North Central Bronx Hospital during his time as a hospitalist. He completed his internal medicine residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Dr. Sutaria has stayed active in academics, publishing in various peer reviewed journals on interesting topics and cases in Rheumatology. He has conducted the online Rheumatology lecture series for the Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistance Program. He is also author of multiple chapters in the 2018 published textbook Musculoskeletal Sports and Spine Disorders.

He is certified in interventional / diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, having trained under the departments of Radiology, Orthopedics, and Rheumatology at Yale. He has completed various Ultrasound training courses, including USSONAR, the Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists.

Friends, Family, and Care Partners are always welcome to join meetings.

We respect privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meetings.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate via video or phone. Being on video is not required, nor having a Zoom account. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with the Zoom link. If you do not receive the registration confirmation, please check your spam folder. Please plan to log in a few minutes early.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 This is a Virtual Event. 
  • Tuesday, May 28th, 2024
    6:00 PM ET
    1h
  • Virtual Event
  •   17 people attending
Osteoarthritis Connect Group - Open Sharing and Support

Living with osteoarthritis can come with its unique set of challenges and triumphs. This session provides a safe space to connect with others who understand. Share your experiences, whether you're struggling with pain, celebrating a recent success, or simply seeking advice. Everyone will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and contribute to the supportive group atmosphere. We encourage open sharing and offering or receiving help as we navigate our osteoarthritis journeys together.

Friends, Family, and Care Partners are always welcome to join meetings.

We respect privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meetings.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate via video or phone. Being on video is not required, nor having a Zoom account. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with the Zoom link. If you do not receive the registration confirmation, please check your spam folder. Please plan to log in a few minutes early.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 This is a Virtual Event. 
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  • Tuesday, April 30th, 2024
    6:00 PM ET
    1h
  • Virtual Event
  •   36 people attending
Osteoarthritis Connect Group - Managing Multiple Arthritis Conditions with Dr. Ravi Sutaria

Join us on Tuesday April 30, 2024th at 6 pm Eastern Time / 5 pm Mountain Time / 4 pm Central Time / 3 pm Pacific Time for a 1 hour session. We are delighted to have Doctor Ravi Sutaria, Rheumatologist, joining us for a discussion about Managing Multiple Arthritis Conditions

Format: 5 min intro, 20 minute presentation, 30 min Q&A

Dr. Ravi Sutaria has completed his fellowship in Investigative Rheumatology at the Yale University School of Medicine / Yale New Haven Hospital. Prior to joining Yale, he was a clinical instructor of medicine at Jacobi Medical Center at North Central Bronx Hospital during his time as a hospitalist. He completed his internal medicine residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Dr. Sutaria has stayed active in academics, publishing in various peer reviewed journals on interesting topics and cases in Rheumatology. He has conducted the online Rheumatology lecture series for the Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistance Program. He is also author of multiple chapters in the 2018 published textbook Musculoskeletal Sports and Spine Disorders.

He is certified in interventional / diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, having trained under the departments of Radiology, Orthopedics, and Rheumatology at Yale. He has completed various Ultrasound training courses, including USSONAR, the Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists.

Friends, Family, and Care Partners are always welcome to join meetings.

We respect privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meetings.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate via video or phone. Being on video is not required, nor having a Zoom account. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with the Zoom link. If you do not receive the registration confirmation, please check your spam folder. Please plan to log in a few minutes early.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 This is a Virtual Event. 
  • Tuesday, May 28th, 2024
    6:00 PM ET
    1h
  • Virtual Event
  •   17 people attending
Osteoarthritis Connect Group - Open Sharing and Support

Living with osteoarthritis can come with its unique set of challenges and triumphs. This session provides a safe space to connect with others who understand. Share your experiences, whether you're struggling with pain, celebrating a recent success, or simply seeking advice. Everyone will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and contribute to the supportive group atmosphere. We encourage open sharing and offering or receiving help as we navigate our osteoarthritis journeys together.

Friends, Family, and Care Partners are always welcome to join meetings.

We respect privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meetings.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate via video or phone. Being on video is not required, nor having a Zoom account. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with the Zoom link. If you do not receive the registration confirmation, please check your spam folder. Please plan to log in a few minutes early.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 This is a Virtual Event. 
  • Wednesday, June 5th, 2024
    8:00 PM ET
    1h 30m
  • Virtual Event
  •   7 people attending
Osteoarthritis Connect Group - Traveling with Osteoarthritis: Tips & Tricks for a Smooth Journey!

Join us for an informative session with Debra Kerper, an accessible travel expert!

Living with osteoarthritis shouldn't stop you from exploring the world. This session will equip you with valuable tips and resources for planning and navigating trips with ease. Learn about:
•    Accessible accommodations and transportation options
•    Packing essentials for pain management and comfort
•    Planning activities that fit your physical limitations
•    Advocating for your needs while traveling
•    Q&A with our guest expert

Share your own travel experiences and gain support from fellow members in a friendly and encouraging environment!

Don't miss this opportunity to unlock the world of travel, even with osteoarthritis!

After our presentation, there will be time to connect with others. Friends, Family, and Care Partners are always welcome to join meetings.

We respect privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meetings.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate via video or phone. Being on video is not required, nor having a Zoom account. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with the Zoom link. If you do not receive the registration confirmation, please check your spam folder. Please plan to log in a few minutes early.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 This is a Virtual Event. 
  • Tuesday, September 24th, 2024
    3:00 PM PT
    1h
  • Virtual Event
  •   5 people attending
Osteoarthritis Connect Group - Pain Management with Dr. Rakhi Sutaria

Join us on Tuesday Sept 24, 2024 at 6 pm Eastern Time / 5 pm Mountain Time / 4 pm Central Time / 3 pm Pacific Time for a 1 hour session. We are delighted to have Doctor Rakhi Sutaria, Physical Medicine & rehabilitation doctors, joining us for a discussion about pain management for rheumatic conditions

Format: 5 min intro, 20 minute presentation, 30 min Q&A

Speaker bio:

Dr. Rakhi Sutaria, a board-certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is dedicated to elevating patient care through non-operative treatments of musculoskeletal disorders. Her impressive background includes a residency and Sports Medicine fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center, with a deep focus on interventional and diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound. Dr. Sutaria's approach to care is holistic, integrating exercise, medication, and innovative injections to maximize patient success. Fluent in English, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, and Gujarati, she is a valued practitioner who is thrilled to serve her hometown community, ensuring the highest standard of coordinated and compassionate care.

Friends, Family, and Care Partners are always welcome to join meetings.

We respect privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meetings.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate via video or phone. Being on video is not required, nor having a Zoom account. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with the Zoom link. If you do not receive the registration confirmation, please check your spam folder. Please plan to log in a few minutes early.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 This is a Virtual Event. 
  • Tuesday, October 22nd, 2024
    3:00 PM PST
    1h
  • Virtual Event
  •   1 person attending
Talking to your employers about arthritis

Did you know that one in every 4 employees is living with arthritis? Come and hear Arthritis Foundation's program manger, Stephanie Hudgins, about how to talk to your employers about your coniditions. She will also share the Arthritis @ work program, where Arthritis Foundation has partnered with over 100 employers to raise awarness for arthritis. 

 This is a Virtual Event. 
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Annette P
Annette P
April 10, 2024 - 6:54 PM

Who do others see for pain treatment for OA?  My ortho can only do so much. And I do NOT like pain clinics. 

Joe O
Joe O
March 28, 2024 - 6:52 PM

Hi, can anyone here provide feedback on the effectiveness of using natural balneotherapy, or Sulfurous baths to alleviate osteoarthritis pain? If yes, are there any in the NY area?

Deb A
Deb A
April 2, 2024 - 5:21 PM

Hi Joe,

Balneotherapy is an effective treatment method in various diseases and commonly used treatment among people with musculoskeletal disorders.

Warm water soaks are more than just relaxing; they're a balm for aching muscles and stiff joints, thanks to increased blood flow.

The buoyancy offers a break from gravity's constant pull, easing joint pain and soreness, while also reducing swelling and boosting circulation. Spring waters, often hailed for their purity, are actually mineral-rich, containing elements like magnesium and potassium, which are believed to have healing properties.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           That's why many of us add salts like those from the Dead Sea to our baths, seeking to mimic nature's own healing spring, I personaly use them and find it is relaxing. good at easing joint stiffness and is good for the skin. 

Studies, such as those from the University of Birmingham, suggest that these minerals, especially magnesium, can be replenished through such baths,                                                                                                                 which is vital since many diets are deficient in this nutrient. While the full therapeutic potential of balneotherapy is still being explored, we do know that a                                                                                                                   20-minute soak with salts and essential oils can significantly soothe your muscles and quiet your mind, offering a form of healing that's beneficial for everyone.                                                                                                     

Sulfur water baths may improve erythrocyte deformability and aggregation parameters in patients with osteoarthritis along with reducing of neutrophile levels

Always check with your doctor before strying anything new, as often these hot springs can elevate blood pressure and some people with cardiac issues should use caution

Here are a few links I hope they help

https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/treatment/complementary-therapies/natural-therapies/water-therapies

https://seasalt.com/salt-101/about-bath-salt/balneotherapy

https://www.timeout.com/usa/things-to-do/best-natural-hot-springs-us

Mercedes A
Mercedes A
March 26, 2024 - 12:47 PM

Hello, for years I had experienced a locking in my left hip area when walking and bike riding.  A few years ago I was told it was a torn labrum and received a PRP shot and felt right back to normal for 2 years.  Now the locking has returned more frequently and I was recently diagnosed with mild osteoarthritis in both hips, but the left is much worse  It has been recommended and scheduled for me to get a hip arthroscopy surgery to fix bone spurs, clean up the ostephytes and attempt to apply BMAC to damaged cartilage.  Is this the right course of action?  I would really like to hear about the experience of others.  Thank you!

Deb A
Deb A
April 2, 2024 - 5:31 PM

Hi Mercedes,

Sorry to hear you are experiencing pain again.

Since I have OA in various areas but not hips I really would suggest you speak to your ortho and or get a second opinion.

I can say the collection process is minimally invasive and involves extracting marrow from the patient's hip bone using a needle and syringe. The marrow is then placed in a centrifuge and spun at high speeds to separate the cells from the fluid. The cells are concentrated into a solution that is ready for injection. I can say Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) helps the bodys healing that can help stimulate the growth of new tissue.

  • Osteoarthritis: The in BMAC injections can help regenerate cartilage, improving joint mobility and reducing osteoarthritis pain.
  • Tendon and Ligament Injuries: Since can also help regenerate tissue, BMAC injections can help with tendon and ligament injuries. 

Here a a couple links

https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/treatment/joint-surgery/preplanning/the-future-of-joint-repair

https://www.americanhipinstitute.com/blog/bmac-bone-marrow-aspirate-concentrate-a-guide-35100.html

Stephanie T
Stephanie T
March 15, 2024 - 9:10 PM

Hello,  I would be interested to hear about total ankle replacement surgery.  It has been recommended for me.

Deb A
Deb A
April 2, 2024 - 5:38 PM

HI Stephanie

Ankle replacement can take away the pain from the arthritis and preserve the motion at the joint.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This helps patients perform tasks such as walking on uneven ground and going up and down stairs. It also protects the other joints of the foot to help prevent them from getting arthritis

In many cases your doctor will remove loose cartilage and bone spurs from your ankle. Arthrodesis: Joint fusion surgery reduces pain by eliminating motion in the ankle. Arthroplasty: In a total ankle replacement, damaged cartilage and bone are removed and replaced with metal or plastic parts

 

Here are some links

https://www.arthritis.org/science/events-publications/ankle-replacement-options

https://www.arthritis.org/news/news-and-events/arthritis-foundation-joins-forces-aofas

https://www.dukehealth.org/treatments/orthopaedics/ankle-replacement-surgery

 

Keri Lyn C
Keri Lyn C
March 14, 2024 - 2:36 PM

Looking for anyone who has had CMC osteoarthritis surgery; specifically trapeziectormy with ligament reconstruction (LRTI). I would like to speak with anyone who's had this done, to ask about your experience, recovery, and if you would recommend it. In between cortisone shots at the moment and am seriously consindering having this done. Thanks in advance.

Deb A
Deb A
April 2, 2024 - 5:49 PM

Hi Keri

I have not had surgery in that area so I can only say wha I have researched  for you

A trapeziectomy is a surgical procedure in which the trapezium, one of the bones of the wrist, is removed to treat symptoms of thumb arthritis.                                                                                                                                      Most people experience an improvement in their arthritis symptoms after a trapeziectomy, including decreased pain and improved use of their thumb for gripping, pinching, and grasping.

Here are links

https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/treatment/joint-surgery/preplanning/five-surgeries-for-thumb-arthritis

https://www.verywellhealth.com/trapeziectomy-5089757

https://www.arthrex.com/resources/LT1-0410-EN/ligament-reconstruction-tendon-interposition-for-thumb-cmc-arthritis

https://www.touchsurgery.com/simulations/burtons-arthroplasty-trapeziectomy-with-ligament-reconstruction-and-tendon-interposition-4

Stephanie T
Stephanie T
March 3, 2024 - 6:08 PM

Hello,

I am new to the group.  I am interested in connecting with others who are struggling with osteoarthritis.  I was in a very bad car accident about thirty five years ago in my mid 20s.  As a consequence, I underwent a subtalor triple fusion.  I have been advised that I need a total ankle replacement.  I have been working on getting more fit by doing strength training and walking.  I love to walk and I can walk up to three miles, but I am hobbled up afterward.  The orthopedist said that this is to be expected and that physical therapy will not help, so I guess I'll go back to doing chair exercise.  Has anyone undergone a total ankle replacement?  I would be interested in hearing about the experience.  It sounds terrible, but if it meant that I could have more mobility and pain (after the pain of the surgery and recovery), it might be worth it?  Thank you in advance.

Stephanie T
Stephanie T
March 3, 2024 - 6:17 PM

Obviously, I meant that if it would mean more mobility and less pain, it might be worth it.  I would also note that I have almost constant pain even without walking long distances, and I experience pain and stiffness that make it difficult for me to perform day to day tasks (housecleaning, grocery shopping, etc.)  I am able to do these things, but not without significant pain and stiffness during and after the exertion.    Thank you again.

Karen C
Karen C
February 28, 2024 - 5:57 PM

Are there any women in this group from CT who were runners and now can't run or do high impact exercise due to hip osteoarthritis?

Karen S
Karen S
January 26, 2024 - 10:13 PM

Has anyone tried SoftWave therapy for knee arthritis and if so, what were your results?

Deb A
Deb A
April 2, 2024 - 6:03 PM

Hi Karen,

I have. I had it when I lived in NE Ohio

mine was caled Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (SWT) therapy

It was for my knees and safely delivers shockwaves to the affected area of the knee, promoting healing at the cellular level.                                                                                                                                                                 The therapy stimulates and recruits stem cells deep into the affected knee tissue, triggering a cascade of cellular events that promote tissue regeneration and healing.

I had pain reduction for about 18 months, then I had PRP injuections  in a series of 3 injections over 5 months.

Both gave me a lot of releif. I still get stiff like the Tin Can Man but my joint pain is 60 percent better today at age 61 than it was when I was 40.

Always do your homework to verify their credentials. And if you have any other medical conditions always check with your Primary Care Dr,before trying anything

Here are some general links

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/canada/services/shockwave-therapy

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5361028/

Marlene K
Marlene K
December 24, 2023 - 1:34 PM

I am getting an arthritis node on the left side of my noe end i am wondering if any one has that? Is it arthritis? I want to stop it from getting bigger.        

Deb A
Deb A
April 2, 2024 - 6:04 PM

Hi Marlene, have you seen your PCP? Maybe he can look at it and refer you to a specialist.

 

Haydee S
Haydee S
January 3, 2024 - 6:51 PM

HI Marlene apologies for the delay in responding to your post, please consult with your physican so they can determine what is going on and offer a course of treatment. 

Nicole W
Nicole W
December 7, 2023 - 4:16 PM

Hello everyone!

I posted a few weeks ago about continuing pain after a cortisone shot. Turns out it wasn't my arthritius but a partially torn meniscus that finshed tearing. I've since had surgery and am now in PT to get mobility back. However, I do have arthritis which is why I assumed the pain was due to arthritis and not anything else. I really should have pushed for more answers when I realized the pain was not the same and was even in a different part of my knee. I've got to learn to speak up for myself.

Deb A
Deb A
April 2, 2024 - 6:16 PM

Sorry you were in pain, but yes we have to speak up for ourselves, we know our better than anyone when it comes to pain and new pains, I used to be afraid of my PCP , now we work a s a team

You deserve the best care possible, and we can only get that when we speak up

One way to make navigating the system easier is by practicing what’s known as health-care advocacy, which involves taking an active role in medical planning to improve decision-making. Here’s how.

Write out a list of concerns.

Plan your questions before an appointment to avoid forgetting something, sometimes you only have 5-10 minutes to talk to your doctor.

Be a good historian.

 

Knowing your medical history — including past diagnoses or procedures, plus any current symptoms —                                                                                                                                                                                                  helps your provider care for you. Always bring an up-to-date list of your medications, over-the-counter drugs and supplements to doctor’s appointments and the hospital.

 

Make a communication plan.

Take notes at your appointment (or have a family member or friend do it for you), but also ask your provider whether they will provide notes and action points.

Be sure to ask how you can reach your doctor in an emergency and how you can get timely answers to questions that aren’t urgent.

If you’re in a hospital, ask how your provider will keep you and your family informed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And make sure you’ve picked a health-care proxy, someone who understands your wishes and can make decisions if you cannot.

Links

https://www.arthritis.org/news/5-ways-advocate

Nicole W
Nicole W
December 7, 2023 - 4:16 PM

Hello everyone!

I posted a few weeks ago about continuing pain after a cortisone shot. Turns out it wasn't my arthritius but a partially torn meniscus that finshed tearing. I've since had surgery and am now in PT to get mobility back. However, I do have arthritis which is why I assumed the pain was due to arthritis and not anything else. I really should have pushed for more answers when I realized the pain was not the same and was even in a different part of my knee. I've got to learn to speak up for myself.

Kymberly B
Kymberly B
November 8, 2023 - 3:21 AM

Hello,

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of my left knee in 2022. I have received 2 rounds of cortisone injections which have helped during my flareups. i am on daily regimen of tylenol arthritis pills and ibuprofen (never taken together to take the pain down especially on bad days) to manage the pain and inflammation. I also drink low suger tart cherry juice every day to fight inflammation..

First, the pain is chronic physically tiring and can be very frustrating. on a everyday basis.Second, I do gentle yoga, yin yoga, chair yoga, and basic yoga as my main form of exercise (they help me to stretch which has decreased the pain).

Another frustrating part of this diagnosis is that I feel limited to what forms of exersise that I can do that will not aggravate my osteoarthritis. There are good days and bad days with my knee. Because I am being treated successfully for other chronic conditions like high blood pressure, anxiety, asthma, allergies, and prediabetes  where exercise would benefit me, it is extra frustrating.

Nicole W
Nicole W
November 2, 2023 - 8:56 PM

Hi! I've just joined this group. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis two years ago when I started experiencing pain in my right knee. My doctor first thought it was a torn meniscus but after x-rays and an MRI decided it was arthritis. Received a shot in my knee for pain which lasted two years. Went back last week for another shot as the pain was back but it was worse. I'm not having the best results with this second shot. For two day after receiving it my knee was swollen and I couldn't walk. After that it was fine for about 4 days before getting bad again. I am back to being unable to put weight on my knee which makes walking difficult. I have missed three days of work because of the pain and may end up missing one more as I am considering calling out for tomorrow. Has anyone experienced this before? 

Fran H
Fran H
October 16, 2023 - 1:03 PM

Just joining in. Talking to my primary care team about pain is a challenge for me. When you are in chronic pain, how do you rank your pain? My usual response is 'no worse than usual'. Looking through these posts, I think I am missing out on some pain management strategies. Two years ago, my PCP recommended not taking NSAIDS because of reduced kidney function. Since then, I have relied in exercise for pain management.

Iris P
Iris P
September 24, 2023 - 12:07 AM

How to start an in person group?

Heidi S
Heidi S
September 24, 2023 - 12:56 AM

Thank you for your interest in starting an in-person group!   

Please visit our volunteer portal and complete the facilitator application if you are new to volunteering with the Arthritis Foundation.   

Heidi S
Heidi S
September 6, 2023 - 11:14 PM

Looking forward to seeing you later today Wednesday September 6th 2023 at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT / 6 pm MT / 5 pm PT 

Osteoarthritis Connect Group - Joint Health Matters: Tips to Protect, Strengthen and Reduce Pain in Hands, Hips, Knees, and Feet

Zoom link: https://arthritisfoundation.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIscu6prjovHdUv6XnRRk4Wtg2arn9fHcmt#/registration

LUCY M
LUCY M
August 17, 2023 - 7:12 PM

HI EVERYONE!

SINCE FRIDAY, I HAD VERY SEVERE FLARE UP IN MY RIGHT KNEE. SORRY, I WRITE IN CAPITAL LETTER. I HAVE VISION PROBLEMS.

I WENT TO E.R. ONLY GAVE ME FOR PAIN.  YESTERDAY, I WENT TO THE FAMILY DOCTOR AND APPLIED Kenalog 40 mg/mL INJECTION.

TODAY, I STILL HAVE INFLAMMATION.  HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF SOMEONE HAD THIS PROBLEM.   IN THE PAST, I HAD SOME FLARE UP IN MY KNEE BUT BY 3RD DAY IS BETTER. KNOW, ALMOST A WEEK AND STILL HAVE THIS PROBLEM.

Richard T
Richard T
July 24, 2023 - 8:05 PM

Hi, my name is Richard. I'm a 75-year old male. I retired from a 40-year career in IT in 2015. I've been an avid runner & cyclist since my late 20s. Over the last 10 years, I began suffering more frequently from back, neck, & hip pain. It's unfortunately getting less and less manageable. I take a 200mg Celebrex in the morning and a couple of 650mg Tylenol at bedtime. In addition to the pain meds, I've been taking a turmeric supplement for a couple of years. I've kind of given up on running, but now even cycling and walking are causing me pain. For walking, my hips and lower-back start protesting after about 20 minutes. I try to get 2-3 miles of walking in most days, but lately it's been challenging. Cycling doesn't cause too much pain while I'm doing it, but both walking & cycling cause lots of pain afterwards, especially the next day. The orthopedic doctor tells me that I have "advanced degenerative changes" of my neck vertebrae, with "reversal of the cervical lordosis". As far as my lower back is concerned, I have "moderate to severe disc degeneration at L4-L5 and L5-S1" with "advanced lower lumbar facet arthropathy".

Besides the medications, the orthopedic doctor at my most recent visit of a week ago recommended physical therapy (which I've tried with no improvement) and possibly injections. He also mentioned lumbar medial branch blocks in the future for my facet joint pain.

This is a great forum. I'm looking forward to hearing about what has worked for other folks dealing with arthritis.

Fran H
Fran H
October 16, 2023 - 12:44 PM

I'm just joining the forum, so I just saw your post.

I am also in my 70s and have arthritis in lots of places, despite having exercised my entire life. Loss of walking capacity is probably the scariest thing, since remaining independent relies a lot on being able to walk. Although I try to walk every day, I also ride a recumbent tadpole trike and swim. 

One of my goals in retirement was to do sprint triathlon. Knee replacement pretty much sidelined training for and entering races. Very recently I have decided to work on each of these disciplines anyway, in whatever fashion I can. I think a forum for those of us who want to retain some measure of our 'athlete' identity would be fun and helpful.

Susan W
Susan W
October 6, 2023 - 3:43 PM

I also have cervical and lumbar herniated discs.  I've had two cervical disc replacements.  First one didn't work, second one did.  Doctor advised me not to have surgery on my lumbar discs because it often makes things worse.   I did facet injections for a few years then that quit working.  I recommend physical therapy and TENS.  You can get TENS through a physical therapist or even online.    It really helps. 

Christine A
Christine A
July 12, 2023 - 11:42 PM

Good evening! My name is Christine and I too have OA with bone on bone for both knees, cervical and lumbar spine with sciatica and sacrum pain. Riding in a car or sitting is so painful. Fortunately, I work at home, however, as a social worker answering calls at a desk all day it is not the best for my physical health. Lately, I have been thinking of disability as I am concerned that sitting most of the day is compounding my pain and adding to my ddd. I too must lose weigh for any knee replacement and have been pushed for bariatric surgery to accomplish this. Knowing that support helps with so many issues. I have been trying to find a group that could help me emotionally as I find myself more isolated each day, unable to bear riding in the car any distance, walking with a cane and walker depending on pain level and feeling my world shrinking. I can no longer garden, do carpentry, stand to cook, so much more.

I love swimming and that is the only time I am painfree outside of laying down. My greatest fear is I will not be able to get to the pool or not be able to get in or out. I have been active all my life. This is so not me! I hope to hear from others, how they are coping, derive strength from their experiences and adjust or heal from this new experience!

Melinda M
Melinda M
July 10, 2023 - 8:14 AM

Hello,

My name is MELINDA and i'm new to this group.

I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my left knee, left shoulder with very little range of motion. Also, my right hip and lower right back all bone on bone. My left knee and shoulder are receiving Synvisc injections that ease the pain very little but better than nothing. My right hip and back are not quite as painful. Walking is extremely painful and at times I've reverted to a walker. I have minimal OA in my other joints are are starting to click and grind. I'm considering knee surgery on my left knee and possibly surgery on my left shoulder. I have a slew of other medical issues and also suffer from anxiety and depression which are heightened by the pain.

My primary suggested joining a support group so here I am. I'm looking forward to hearing from the group and also to hopefully help and support others. Thanks for accepting me.

Jessica M
Jessica M
June 29, 2023 - 1:34 AM

Hello everyone! I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis today…at 37. I never knew this was something that happened this young. Mine is very far progressed, I have no tissues left in my feet or ankles, and 50% left of my knees. My rheumatologist told me my option was pain management for the “massive” (his words) bone spurs on my heels. He recommended pain medication, and bariatric surgery to rapidly reduce my weight so that it relieves pressure on my spurs. 

He told me if I don’t do this, my spurs with triple in size in a year…with triple the pain. I am NOT a fan of stomach bypass, and I’m very scared of doing it. I need to lose about 100 pounds)

Has anyone done this? Do you recommend it? I wasn’t given any other options, and he warned me in 12 months I won’t have any cartilage left in my knees. Any advice or experience would be appreciated!

Thank you in advance!

jess

Theresa P
Theresa P
June 23, 2023 - 1:55 PM

I am newly diagnosed with OA in my lower back.  I also have arthritis in my toes and fingers.  I want to not only participate in events online, but I want to find out if there are support groups in the Fort Myers area.  Any information would be appreciated.  Thanks!

Lynne D
Lynne D
June 5, 2023 - 8:38 PM

I have recentlyn been diagnosed with spinal osteoarthritis and stenosis.  I am 75 and have never experienced such chronic pain.  The last 5 monthd I have barely

been mobile but now I am going to a physical therapist and on a diet to lose about 40 pounds.  This is all so bewildering and discouraging and I look forward to

your support.  What are the events I see links for?

Heidi S
Heidi S
June 1, 2023 - 11:19 PM

here is the link for this evening's event; Thursday June 1st, 2023

Start Time: 7:30 pm ET / 6:30 pm CT / 5:30 pm MT / 4:30 pm PT

Osteoarthritis Connect Group -- What You Need To Know About Nutrition And Healthy Eating

https://arthritisfoundation.zoom.us/j/86122764149?pwd=TmVDdVRzalRXZkVadGdGS2VsSjI0QT09

 

Lynn C
Lynn C
May 14, 2023 - 5:21 PM

I am new to this group.   Have been athletically active for most of my life.   Used to hike in forest preserves and rode mountain bike until entering my early 70's.    I've been treated with Synvic shots for my left knee hoping to avoid knee replacement and so far it's worked for the last 5 years.    My right hip is becoming a problem for just walking.   Everyone tells me exercise will help.   Not so far.   I have  Rheumtologist for my knee and hoping there is more to be done for the hip joint.    Tylenol softens the pain, but it begins with every step.   Exrays show mile to moderate Osteorthritis, but some how it seems a little more than that.    Haven't seen Orthopedic surgeon yet....

Kathy H
Kathy H
May 22, 2023 - 3:44 PM

Hi Lynn,

I'm new to the group as well. I have zero cartilage in either knee and some days the pain and stiffness severly limit my activities. I take Tramadol when the pain is very bad (and a bad day I may take 2 or 3 over 24 hours). It doesn't do much, but I don't want anything stronger. Tylenol helps some, and my heating pad might as well be my significant other seeing as it's always resting across my knees. Shots haven't helped. I'm too heavy for knee replacement, so losing weight is a primary focus. Has the rheumatologist helped you with pain management?

Kathy

CAROL R
CAROL R
May 12, 2023 - 7:04 PM

Hi,

I have severe osteoarthritis in at least 6 joints (both knees, both shoulders, both hands) and repeated problems with my feet.  The feet haven't been diagnosed as arthritis but I suspect that every joint in my body is on the way to deterioation.  I have had my left knee joint and my right thumb joint replaced.  Right thumb is doing great but now the arthritis has moved to the finger joints. The left knee got better after replacement (1 year ago) but is now hurting again.  I have an orthopedist and a general practioner doctor - each thinks the other is dealing with my arthritis and pain.  No one will refer me to a rheumatologist because I don't have ra and there are only 3 rheumatologist in the whole county.  So I am out here in constant pain and gee I thought maybe a support group might help.  

Kathy H
Kathy H
May 22, 2023 - 3:36 PM

Hi Carol,

I'm hoping this support group will help me as well. I have zero cartilage in both knees and my thumbs ache on very bad weather days. I struggle with how limiting the pain is. I was using curbside before Covid made it popular. Maybe we can help each other.

Kathy

Sonia V
Sonia V
May 2, 2023 - 1:35 PM

Hi,

 

I am newly diagnosed with arthritis on the facets of my lumbar vertebra. I knew, eventually this would occur, after dealing with spinal herniations for many years.   It's a pleasure to reach out to you. I hope to talk with you soon.

Susan M
Susan M
May 3, 2023 - 10:54 PM

Welcome to the group, we are glad you have joined us.

Vicki B
Vicki B
April 20, 2023 - 9:48 PM

Hello! 

I am new to support groups. I am hoping for information and to connect with people that understand the frustration and pain of arthritis. I have a long complex medical history and the journey isn't over yet. After 10 years, I finally have an official diagnosis of Osteoarthritis. I'm hoping that the new medication will decrease my chronic inflammation. 

Does anyone have any suggestions or tips on reducing chronic inflammation? 

Judith L
Judith L
April 11, 2023 - 2:10 PM

I also wanted to know if there was an actual Arthritis Support Group in my area (Bloomfield-Hartford, CT).  I am really at my wit's end with not being able to use my hands/fingers like I want to.  Making dinners, chopping, cutting, etc. has become very hard.  Any thoughts would be helpful.  Thank you.

Judith L
Judith L
April 11, 2023 - 2:04 PM

I am new to this group.  I have degenerative disc disease in my spine and lower lumbar, but mostly now, I am suffering greatly with erosive osteoarthritis in my fingers and knuckles.  I go to the Rheumatologist, have seen a hand specialist, gone to Occupational Therapy and nothing relieves this incredible pain.  My husband passed away 1-1/2 years ago and I am still in a grieving mode.  I wonder if that has exacerbated this incredible inflammation and pain.  I don't sleep well.    Thanks.  

jbl1947

Kathy H
Kathy H
May 22, 2023 - 3:52 PM

Hi Judith,

I'm sorry for your loss. Grief can do so many things to us, so I'm sure your arthritis is in high gear. Seems like kicking someone when they're already down--unfair. I'm new to this group, and I'm hoping I can make connections with at least a few folks for camaraderie and support. Someone who will understand the pain and  limitations caused by arthritis. Sometimes my pain and fear can take over, and I can't see the forest for the trees. I have osteoarthritis in both knees and thumbs. 

I don't know if you will see this message, but I would love to hear from you. I hope you are feeling a little relief since April.

Kathy

katharine l
katharine l
April 16, 2023 - 2:07 PM

Hello all, I am new to the group. I am 66 and have been suffering from erosive/inflammatory osteoarthritis of my fingers and lumbar spine for 13 years (since menapause). I've had six surgeries to fuse or repair joints in my fingers; fusions worked to stop pain, but repairs of my basal thumb joints did not. I've also had two spinal laminectomies for stenosis, and fusions of L2/L3 and L3/L4. My fingers are very limited.and my thumb joints hurt nonstop inspite of taking many supplements and diclofenac. Please share medications and supplements that you have found effective. Thanks so much.

Hate that we are all suffering, but glad that we can connect and commiserate.

Teresa H
Teresa H
April 5, 2023 - 11:45 PM

Hi everyone!!

My name is Teresa! I am new to this group!

I have osteoarthritis of my cervical and lumbar spine, and of my left knee.

I am excited to talk with other people who are also dealing with osteoarthritis.

Teresa

Kathy H
Kathy H
May 22, 2023 - 4:13 PM

Hi Rebecca,

I'm new to this group. Reading yor response to Teresa felt like reading my own story. Sometimes the pain in my knees makes me cry and I don't know what to do. It's a domino effect because then my stress builds on the pain and so on and so forth. I'm hoping by joining this group that I will find a support group. my orthopedic doctor prescribes Tramadol as needed, but I don't take it daily. On a bad day, I may take 2 over a 24-hour period, but it doesn't do much. It might help you. It's non-addictive.

I've dealt with OA for at least 8 years. I have zero cartilage in either knee and this past few years my thumbs have also gotten somewhat stiff and painful. Thankfully I live in a warmer climate and don't have many cold days, but rainy weather makes my joints ache and we do get quite a bit of rain. I don't care what the experts say about weather not really affecting joints because my bones tell me when weather changes are coming. 

Sadly, I am that grandma who can't walk very well. It's a truth I must deal with. But I still try to do as much as possible. Yes, I have flare-ups, but I'd like to learn more about how to head them off. 

Kathy

Rebecca  R
Rebecca R
April 13, 2023 - 12:43 AM

Hi Teresa! Nice to meet you. I just joined this group today and, like you, am looking forward to talking with others dealing with OA. I have OA in both knees, severe (Stage 4) in the right and moderate (Stage 3) in the left. I was a distance runner since junior high, and had to quit in 2014. 

I'm reaching out because I have days, weeks even, where the pain is very manageable. Then I have days like today, where I can barely walk, I'm close to tears, and contemplating going to the ER! I've noticed that when the pain is this severe I feel extra stressed and even a little depressed because I feel like I cannot deal with the pain. I am not a grandparent yet, but I am worried about being the grandma who can't walk. It's just one thing on top of another. 

How are you managing your symptoms? Do you experience good days, then have flare-ups? The concept of a flare-up was so new to me. How long have you been diagnosed with OA? 

Rebecca

Debra S
Debra S
April 1, 2023 - 3:41 AM

I am new to the group. I have had Osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia for 15 years and it has gotten have to continue working. I use vacation days just to shorten my week of work now and I am in so much pain and turned I am unable to do anything outside of work. I want to take some time off and hope to be able to receive short term disability but it is scary and from I heard is difficult to do. Just wondering if others have had the same issue.

katharine l
katharine l
April 16, 2023 - 1:49 PM

Teresa, how much turmeric and glucosamine do you take?

Teresa H
Teresa H
April 6, 2023 - 12:14 AM

I understand to some extent of what you're going through.  In 2021, I was also unable to do much of anything else other than work and left work at the end of my shifts crying in pain all of the way home. It was a very depressing year for me. I am not familiar with fibromyalgia and am uncertain what treatments you have done or what areas of your body your osteoarthritis affects. For me, I found medrol packs and epidural injections gave me the most relief during that year until one of my doctors told me I needed to be taking Turmeric and glucosamine. Several weeks after I began taking those 2 medications I began noticing I had more days between my pain flare ups.  I am not suggesting you take any of these medications but reach out to your doctor daily if you have to.  I would suggest keeping a journal of your symptoms looking for any common causes, take these with you and a list of any questions you have, including short term disability. I wound up seeing at least 10 different specialists. In 2022 almost every day I wasn't at work I had an appointment with a doctor, testing, and/or physical therapy.  I suggest keeping in contact with this group, any other support groups you're in, and seeing a therapist. I found that it was very difficult to deal with this type of pain on your own and for me it was more than my spouse could handle. I draw pictures and write journals. Look for happiness and joy wherever you can find it. I have a wellness journal called you're doing so well that helps me to create little goals each week and stay on track.  Keep me updated. 

Annette M
Annette M
March 25, 2023 - 4:20 PM

Hello Everyone!

I have had osteoarthritis for over 50 years.  I believe I may also have fibromyalgia and have an appointment with the doctor this week

I am happy to learn all I can about pain management and look forward to enlightening discussions.

I am very happy to be a part of this group

Teresa H
Teresa H
April 6, 2023 - 12:32 AM

Hi Annette, it's nice to meet you.  My name is Teresa.  I have been dealing with osteoarthritis for at least 10 years.

Everyone's pain is different and probably everyone will have their own treatment plan that works for them.

My granddaughter has cerebral palsy and there was a treatment team (neurologist and orthopedic doctor) that came to her physical therapy location once a week to see patients there. I don't know about all of you but there is no one on my treatment team that knows me better than my physical therapist. For some reason when I began going to see pain management I expected it to be like my granddaughter's team. It was not like that. But if there was one thing I could do differently it would be to change the way osteoarthritis of the spine is treated and the treatment team would have their own clini, preferably at the physical therapy location, where the neurologists, orthopedic doctors, pain management, and chiropractors all assess the patient and collaborate on the course of action.

Sorry I digressed. Keep me posted on how you are doing!

Heidi S
Heidi S
March 23, 2023 - 7:43 PM

Looking forward to seeing you this evening 

Osteoarthritis Connect Group - Encore Meet and Greet

Thursday March 23rd 2023

7:30 - 830 PM Eastern time

Zoom link: https://arthritisfoundation.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkde-qqzMtGNyDP6p4BxxAJtp171pndien

Teresa H
Teresa H
April 6, 2023 - 12:33 AM

When is the next one?

elizabeth m
elizabeth m
March 6, 2023 - 9:59 PM

Hello Everyone, Im Lizzy. I live in New York City.

I have just been diagnosed with early onset osteoarthritis of the Knees and Right Hip for Now. I am overweight and I am 49 years old. Iam saddened and excited to be here. 

Thank You for having me.

Rebecca  R
Rebecca R
April 13, 2023 - 12:48 AM

Hi Lizzy! 

I'm Rebecca and I live in San Antonio, Texas. I am also 49! I feel "too young" to be dealing with OA of my knees, but I guess OA doesn't care about age. I am also weighing in more than I should, and last week I started going to a gym to use their pool and sauna to get stress free exercise and pain relief. I had been feeling very good for about a month, then a flare-up started yesterday, and now my world is turned upside down again. I am happy to meet you and look forward to sharing with you.

Rebecca

Teresa H
Teresa H
April 6, 2023 - 12:35 AM

Hi Elizabeth,

Nice to meet you.

I am also 49.

Good luck on your journey. Keep me posted!

Teresa

Kathryn S
Kathryn S
March 6, 2023 - 12:55 AM

Hi, Everyone.  My name is Kathy.  I have Osteoarthritis in many joints.  I'm from San antonio, Texas.  I paint and draw.  Its good therapy for me.  Looking forward to meeting you all here.☺

elizabeth m
elizabeth m
March 6, 2023 - 10:00 PM

Hi Kathy, i love to paint as well. hopefully we can share our art with each other.

Sasha A
Sasha A
February 19, 2023 - 4:29 AM

Hi everyone! I just joined, my name is Sasha and have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my shoulder (its bone to bone and got shoulder surgery last year). My doctor doesnt want me to get shoulder replacement surgery until I'm older). I'm having a very hard time adjusting (especially since I've always been active and want to continue. Does anyone have any advice on how to approach exercise without giving it up completely? Sometimes the pain from training becomes so unmanageable. 

elizabeth m
elizabeth m
March 6, 2023 - 10:02 PM

Thats good to know, i do my exercises in bed like my doctor suggested and i find that the pain subsides during sleep.

elizabeth m
elizabeth m
March 6, 2023 - 10:02 PM

I think thats a question that most of us have, we want to know that we can still be active, even with having this thing. Nice meeting you Sasha

Kathryn S
Kathryn S
March 6, 2023 - 12:57 AM

I find that walking and swimming really helps with my joint pain.  Just start slowly.

Tracy R
Tracy R
February 8, 2023 - 2:23 PM

Hello OA group! My name is Tracy and I have OA.  Two partial knee replacements later, it has worked its way up to my SC joint (the joint at the front base of you neck near collarbone).  Im having a hard time finding an OA specialist that will try to address the SC joint (it's uncommon and a sensitive area).  Thought I'd post to see if anyone has any recommendations for the Chicagoland area?  At this point, I'm also willing to travel.  Thanks for any reco's you may have!

elizabeth m
elizabeth m
March 6, 2023 - 10:03 PM

I am looking forward to the information you get!! i think we are gonna be alright

 

Marcia E
Marcia E
January 28, 2023 - 9:33 PM

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of my left knee when I couldn't walk on it. I have had a cortisone shot which has helped! The doctors have told me to exercise and eat antiflammatory fruit and vegetables! They recommended Omega 3, too. I am nervous about going back to work so I don 't do further damage.

Does anyone have any additional advice or support which has helped them? I truly appreciate anyone's input! Thank you!

 

Tracy R
Tracy R
February 8, 2023 - 2:22 PM

Hi Marcia - I've had two partial knee replacements thanks for OA, but had tried pretty much everything before making the decision the get those done.  Sounds like you're doing what's needed, but strengthening your knee is important.  If you can go to a physical therapist, they can work with you n the right exercises.  Otherwise, there's plenty of recommendations online for that as well.  And just remember, when it gets inflamed, ice is your friend!!

Heidi S
Heidi S
January 31, 2023 - 2:20 AM

HI Marcia... thanks for posting on our group's bulletin board.  I will send you a message.   I hope you can join us for our upcoming event and woulld suggest that your visit our osteoarthritis hub which is jam packed with larticles and resources. at https://www.arthritis.org/osteoarthritis-patient-education.

this article may be of interest: https://www.arthritis.org/diseases/more-about/slowing-osteoarthritis-progression

Susan M
Susan M
January 26, 2023 - 5:40 PM

HI everyone,
 

I hope this note finds you well.  If you are new to the group Welcome!

Wanted to share that there is a webinar tonight if you are available to attend.

Thank you for taking a moment to learn what's happening,

  • Webinar: Arthritis Resolutions: Simple Changes, Big Results– Thursday, January 26th, 7PM Eastern - In this webinar, a rheumatologist, life coach, and habit expert will offer solutions to help you to reset your health with arthritis. Register here
  • Volunteers and Connect Group members are invited to the Pathways Conference 2023 -March 9-11, 2023 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront - We’ll celebrate amazing volunteers like you — and the ongoing impact we’re all making together for arthritis patients, caregivers and the whole arthritis community. Learn more here and  Register for the Conference today!   

Reach out if have questions and I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming event!


Haydee

Haydee Sedlmeier (she/her)

Live Yes! Connect Group Facilitator West Los Angeles, CA
M: (310) 210-6326 [email protected]

Arthritis Foundation Help Line 800-283-7800

Susan Mitchell

Live Yes! Connect Groupd OA Facilitator

 

Deb A
Deb A
January 19, 2023 - 12:55 PM

Good morning - you can also support your local connect groups by looking up your state and nearest city at Find a local Group near you

or if link doesnt work go to  https://connectgroups.arthritis.org/ and search by state etc..

 

 

Rebekah D
Rebekah D
January 17, 2023 - 11:17 PM

I see that our first event is at 5:30 am pacific time, so needless to say I won't be there. I hope there will be some later in the day! It'll be great to meet you all.

Rebekah D
Rebekah D
January 17, 2023 - 11:18 PM

Oops maybe it's PM? In which case I will try to attend!

Lori T
Lori T
December 26, 2022 - 12:43 PM

Hi, I have osteoarthritis. I'm looking for an online support group that meets weekly. Can anyone help?

thanks

Deb A
Deb A
December 26, 2022 - 12:51 PM

HI Lori T and welcome. This is a new group and details are in the works.

I am not sure what state you are in but we also have local connect groups that are virtual and some are in person.

Live Yes Connect Groups

You would search by state and area or you can always jump into one of mine

I am in Ohio - Mahoning Valley and I also have one for Orlando East  Florida

Feel free to message me and I can try to help ya find a few.

Have a great day

Deb Andio

Kathryn S
Kathryn S
December 22, 2022 - 8:53 PM

Hello, everyone.  Just joined the group.  I have osteoarthritis.

Deb A
Deb A
December 23, 2022 - 10:13 AM

Welcome Kathryn,  and thank you for joining our Live Yes! Connect Group. 

Barbara S
Barbara S
December 19, 2022 - 1:29 AM

I just joined this support group. Do you meet online or in person?  

I have chronic pain due to OA.  I cannot sleep at night.  I cannot take aspirin or NSAIDS.  Tylenol does not help much.  I do not want to get addicted to opioids or Tylenol PM.  Any suggestions?

Barbara

Deb A
Deb A
December 20, 2022 - 1:29 AM

Hi Barbara 

welcome 

we meet virtually.

here is some information on OA , I had pain relief from PRP injections but talk to your doctor, as it depends on stage of OA progression. 

May I ask what state you are in? Because there are also local connect groups and you can always join mine as well  

https://connectgroups.arthritis.org/groups/mahoning-valley

https://www.arthritis.org/diseases/osteoarthritis

we will discuss a variety of things here. 

Deb 
 

 

Deb A
Deb A
December 17, 2022 - 4:43 PM

Hello and Welcome Everyone !

Chris H
Chris H
December 15, 2022 - 10:14 PM

Hi - I am a 75 yo female who has had OA/fibromyalgia for a number of years.  However, over the last year I have not been able to put up with the pain and immobility.  Last week my doctor finally said I was ready for replacement of both knees.  He also said that 1 out of 5 replacements don't help.  I am really concerned about doing the operations but feel I must take the chance.  What do you folks think?

Deb A
Deb A
December 23, 2022 - 10:14 AM

Welcome Chris, and thank you for joining our Live Yes! Connect Group. On behalf of our community, we want to welcome you to the group. We look forward to meeting you.