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Date: 27.12.2011
From: steve

Subject: sort of new sufferer

hi i am steve i have had an arthoscopy and they said that the cartlidge was damaged and i am much the same as every person in their 40s and i am glad i have found here as i dont know what to do

you see i have like a sciatica pain all down my left side and my need constanly hurts and when i wake up it is stiff but if i do do exercise and move alot then it is not so bad i am not sure what type of arthritis it is in my knee, oh yes been to the doctor about the other pain and she said i might have arthritis in my back i dont know how to find out what type i have

also i dont want to give up work, although i do do lifting all day long only bags up to 11kg but it is repeatative, i am refusing to let this beat me but i do need help and guidance to get me the best treatment i can
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Date: 27.12.2011
From: Anne Kenyon

Subject: Re: sort of new sufferer

Hi Steve and welcome, I am new here too so am not as 'experienced' as the others in what you may or may not have, but it sounds very similar to what I have, Osteoarthritis, I also work, I enjoy my job and dont want to have to give it up, but its getting too painful now. My Dr has also sent me for all sorts of test, and the diagnosis is YES you do have arthritis, but only minor, not enough for anyone to really give a damn about, in the meantime I am in constant pain?? anyway these peope here are a wealth of knowledge and good advice, Im sure once everyone is back on board after the Christmas break your questions will be answered.
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Date: 27.12.2011
From: steve

Subject: Re: sort of new sufferer

ok thank you, i am just confused and last night was in so much pain i was so depressed
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Date: 27.12.2011
From: marlene

Subject: Re: sort of new sufferer

Hi Steve, you do sound like you have arthritis in your back. You need to take care when lifting. I don't want to put you on a downer, be careful not to slip your disc. The best way to find out what is going on in your back is a MRI scan or CT scan. Ask your GP to refer you to a Rhumy team. You do have the classic signs of OA. Sciatica is caused by trapped nerves in the spinal column. So be careful not to make your situation worse. It is hard when our jobs don't help us. There is also belts to help support your back. You must take advice from a good rhumy team.Tell your GP it is important as it is affecting your job. Good pain meds are also very important. Good Luck hope this helps.
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Date: 27.12.2011
From: steve

Subject: Re: sort of new sufferer

i forgot to mention that i am going for an MRI scan in jan also i do do other work which still involves lifting but not as much when i do fireworks and my leg does not play up too much in this
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