This is the shit that's making me actually feel old. Until now, I've felt perpetually 30-ish. But I can feel arthritis setting into my left hand and I'm just...seriously? This is seriously happening? I shouldn't be surprised, I guess--both grandmothers were miserable with it, as are both parents. But fuck.
I asked my mother a couple of weeks ago when arthritis started for her and she said in her 40s. "Everything started to fall apart in the 40s."
Post by MixedBerryJam on Apr 1, 2016 18:59:02 GMT -5
I have pretty bad arthritis in my hands (and I'm a knitter, so boo on that) that flares up a lot. My doctor just put me on an NSAID daily and it's really made a world of difference. I take piroxicam, but I'm sure there are others out there, too. I was really surprised at how effective it is.
Post by NomadicMama on Apr 1, 2016 21:20:46 GMT -5
I developed Shingles in July 2014. The Shingles went away in August…only to be replaced by arthritis. It got so bad that opening my car door nearly reduced me to tears. At one point, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Several doctors later, I have been diagnosed with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. I've completely changed how I eat, and along with multiple medications, I don't feel like I'm going on 88 years old.
Which joints hurt? One doctor told me that, generally, osteoarthritis impacts to joints in your hands that are by your finger tips and rheumatoid/autoimmune related arthritis hits the joints closer to your knuckles.