Subject: Re: osteoarthritis
Hi Lynne, I was just wondering what tests you have had done. Have you had blood test done for RA?
There are pain medications you could be offered. Your GP could prescribe them for you. There is also heat patches and creams you can rub in the painful areas.
There is Physiotherapy you could ask your GP for a referral.
It is important not to over do things i.e. too much pressure on your joints and resting is important.
I know how hard it can be to cope with pain and there is no reason you should be doing this without help. Pop along and see your GP and have a chat I find it helps to write down everything you want to ask as I have found I always used to manage to forget something.
It is not unusual for the hospital not to see you again if it is OA you have. OA is wear and tear and other Arthritis like RA and PA are autoimmune disease and are treated very differently.
Lynne I hope this helps in some small way and I wish you good luck with it all.
Take care X