Subject: Re: Advice? New to OA just had GP appointment and worried
Your pains are in the same places that my arthritis started - lower back, shoulder blades, hip pain, limping, shoulder rotator cuff inflamed. My initial diagnosis when I was 19 / 20 was poly non-specific arthritis with signs of rheumatoid and osteo. I'm 47 now.
The word osteoarthritis is linked so heavily with wear and tear but this is a completed misnomer - there are many other causes to osteoarthritis that are generally overlooked by standard medical practice. My arthritis was / is mostly caused by diet.
There are many studies from the last few years ago that put osteoarthritis on the same footing as other "autoimmune" arthritis -
If your interested in self-help / non drug approach then there a few great links below that look at osteoarthritis in a different way -
Underlined by this blog linked to best selling book "wheatbelly" - "By the 6th day, my pain from osteoarthritis diagnosed in my early 40s eased. Ahhh"
The issue with standard treatments can sometimes be a vicious cycle of stronger drugs - studies show that NSAID usage will stop initial inflammation but cause colon and gut permeability. (I have pretty much stopped even taking nurofen - as my back hurt for two days after from morning after a few times)
Hope you don't mind me posting this - Worth a try? There are thousands benefiting from these types of alternative approaches - and it's not just AS, RA that can benefit!