My name is Pattye Snyder. I was born 6/7/43 in Wichita, Kansas.
I have been divorced a little over 30 years and raised 3 children
as a single parent(and luckily have six grandkids at this point). I
have a B.A. in elementary education and speech pathology from
Wichita State University (grad. 1964) and a M.A. in Learning
Disabilities from Bradley Univ in Peoria, IL (1982). I have taught
in a variety of classes--everything from Ecology for the highly
gifted child to undergraduate classes in special ed. areas, and was
able to take early retirement 8 years ago at the age of 55. I've
always loved the outdoors and am a self-taught nature photographer.
In fact, I finally started my free-lance co., PATTYEGRAF CONCEPTS
after retirement. Because of this, I have been fortunate enough to
travel to 5 continents and 25 countries so far. I am becoming more
and more adventurous in spite of the challenges presented by
osteoarthritis. Because of my love for the outdoors I eventually
also started a small...
Alternative Names Hypertrophic osteoarthritis; Osteoarthrosis; Degenerative joint disease; DJD; OA; Arthritis - osteoarthritis Symptoms Pain and stiffness in the joints are the most common symptoms. The pain is often worse after exercise and when placing weight or pressure on the joint. Your joints become stiff and harder to move over time. You may notice a rubbing, grating, or crackling sound when you move the joint. The phrase "morning stiffness" refers to the pain and stiffness people feel when they first wake up in the morning. Stiffness usually lasts for 30 minutes or less. It is improved by mild activity that "warms up" the joint. During the day, the pain may get worse with activity and feel better when you are resting. After a while, the pain may be present when you're resting. It may even wake you up at night. Some people might not have symptoms, even though x-rays show the changes of OA. Signs and tests A physical exam can show: Joint movement may cause a cracking (grating) sound, call...
At the risk of sounding somewhat like a "Polyanna," I keep trying to find the blessings in having osteoarthritis. I was diagnosed 12 years ago, and have had nine orthopedic surgeries since that time . Since I live in Illinois much of the year, I found the massive heat and humidity this summer to be excruciating! My doctors have experimented with a variety of pills, lotions, potions, and creams with me, but I have had very little pain relief from any of them (the meds, not the doctors).
I really am grateful that many of the doctors in America have become quite skilled in joint replacements - things that are not even considered in many countries. At times, I do resent the pain I've gone through as well as having to re-learn to walk several times. I try to keep a stiff upper lip and a sense of humor about much of it, but I will admit that I recently informed one of my surgeons that the fun in learning to walk was beginning to wane.
So when I get over my pout, I hav...
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