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In the 14 years since I was "officially diagnosed" with osteoarthritis, I guess I've been quite lucky. Yes, I have nine artificial joints from the waist down, and I'm certainly NOT going to say the surgeries were my idea of fun - neither were all of the follow-up hours of physical-therapy - but yes, I've been lucky. I have only had minimal bouts of horrible pain pre-op and the fun of struggling to get a new joint working correctly, but the reality is, I was fairly ok.
A few short months ago, I suddenly seemed to be falling once in awhile for no obvious reason. This was rather strange for someone who had climbed part of Mt. Kilimanjaro for the SECOND time in January , as well as climbing in the mountains of Madagascar. I was there in February 2011 to photograph endangered animals - and I did so without EVER falling.
The pain in my left hip (yes, it's artificial) suddenly became excruciating with accompanying pain down my entire left leg. The pain in my entire ba...
Did you know that hip bursitis can mimic back pain? Even though doctors know this, 20 percent of the LBP cases caused by hip bursitis aren't properly diagnosed. There are many possible reasons for this. Hip bursitis is a painful irritation on the side of the upper part of the hip. A jelly-like sac called the bursa sits between the hipbone and a tendon. It's designed to offer a cushion for the tendon as it slides over the bone. Hip bursitis is part of a larger group of problems called greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS). GTPS is most common in middle age--just about when many vague aches and pains begin. At first, the symptoms of GTPS may be too hard to pinpoint. This prevents a correct diagnosis. The painful symptoms may move down the thigh to the knee with numbness and tingling present. These symptoms are just like another problem called lumbar radiculopathy. Radiculopathy occurs when pressure from a spinal disc, tumor, or bone spur causes shooting pain and numbness down the leg...
Most of our readers (and fellow osteoarthritis sufferers) realize that this disease is not only painful but also very frustrating. When I was first diagnosed with OA approximately 12 years ago, I knew very little about it. At times, I'm not entirely sure that I'm that much more knowledgable now! When I had the first surgery to replace a joint in my foot that had deteriorated due to OA, I assumed that this was the end of it, the OA was gone, and I could continue my life as usual. Little did I realize that this was just the tiny beginning of my battle with OA! May 6, I again will be having orthopedic surgery and will have a total knee replacement .
This is my ninth surgery from the waist down due to OA. I've had several joint replacements, fusions, and even nine small joints removed from one of my feet. Amazingly, thanks to the skills of great orthopedic surgeons, I seldom even limp unless I'm having one of those horribly extra painful days!
The extra challenge now is that the dete...
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