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Date: 27.06.2013
From: Sandy Evans

Subject: Riddled with it!!

Hi everyone,
Glad I've found this forum,I believe we can all help each other by sharing experiences etc.
I'm riddled with osteoarthritis [also gout in L foot]from my neck[spondylosis][scholisosis] down to my feet!! I HATE it!!!! One of the worst bits is that my back/hips/knees are so bad I can't stand for long but what adds insult to injury is that it is now in my coccyx,so sitting is no easy matter either!! I have bought a ring to sit on and a lovely Thai silk shoulder bag to carry it in! and must take it everywhere,I need a SOFT chair with arms and find most restaurants etc only have the hard upright chairs,no arms etc! so we have to do a recky on a place before being able to go anywhere to eat etc. I have LOADS more that I could bore you all with lol,but will gladly chat with anyone who fancies a natter.I'm very upbeat,as is my hubbie who also has many similar symptoms,so I'm not going to depress anyone!! Bye for now
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Date: 27.06.2013
From: Samantha

Subject: Re: Riddled with it!!

Hi Sandy

Sorry to hear you're riddled with it! I've been just diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. I'm not riddled yet just in neck, shoulder, wrist, both hands and feet. Mustn't grumble though!
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Date: 27.06.2013
From: marlene

Subject: Re: Riddled with it!!

Hi Sandy and welcome to the forum.
I also have OA and have it all over like yourself. I have had a couple of surgeries so I know exactly how bad it can be.
The seats every where are uncomfortable for me. The worst place being at my Gp's practice hard plastic.
I have constant pain but try hard not to let it stop me doing anything. I am not ready for the old rocking yet LOL.
Well take care and hope you join in all the chats we have on the forum they are all a great bunch. I have found so much support on here when I have bad days. I have also learned a lot.

Take Care!!!!
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Date: 28.06.2013
From: Sandy Evans

Subject: Re: Riddled with it!!

Hi Samantha,
Nice to meet you so to speak,sorry to hear of your recent diagnosis,but yes,as you say 'we mustn't grumble',i'm in the habit now of saying 'fine' when people ask how I am,don't want to be one of those people that people are scared to ask how I am and just reply with loads of doom and gloom!!
Take Care x
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Date: 12.07.2013
From: shaun anderson

Subject: Re: Riddled with it!!

Hello Sandy,
I have been diagnosed with OA in several places and at times are confused and don't know where to turn next.I am 50 years of age and this is the first time I have contacted a forum.It is nice to hear from people that you have something in common with and can understand you.
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Date: 12.07.2013
From: shaun anderson

Subject: Re: Riddled with it!!

Hello Sam,
I have a similar condition to yourself.This is my first time I have contacted a forum and it is good to chat to understanding people for support and advice.
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Date: 22.07.2013
From: michelle

Subject: Re: Riddled with it!!

hi Sandy like you I am riddled with OA having had a wrist replacement due to severe damage I also had a plate put in my big toe as the bone was again badly damaged but the plate snapped so it was removed and the wound close up I am left with a smaller them normal big toe but free of the pain, I also have RA Lupus sygrons all diagnoised last week, am now on MTX for that, stomach erosions type 2 diabetes spondelothesis in my spine a damaged coccyx, eye problems,Angina and asthma I am on about 20 tablets a day all in all being 52 with all these problems makes getting old very very painful, I too use a coccyx pillow with a hole in it plus a special pillow to sleep due to OA in my neck and shoulders, luckly I don't work mum has dementia an have 5 grown up kids the youngest is 18 tomorrow, 5 1/2 Grandkids and a place full of animals I call my guinea pigs my furry Prozac because they chill me out when I feel tense and flare ups don't feel so bad while I'm with them lol hope you are doing ok in this heat I hate it, I live on the Isle of Wight with my hubby of 34 years and the hospitals here are amazingly good I feel lucky from my GP to consultants and surgeons they are all wonderful
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