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    It's easy being green. recumelectric's Avatar
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    this arthritis ****

    After two months of bike limitation and physical therapy, I'm told by another doctor that I probably do have arthritis after all, and "there's not much we can do about it." ...For a couple of months, I had hope, and now it's been taken away.

    I pushed on the idea of cartilage-like injections to my knees, and the doctor agreed to do some MRI's and some treatment (if the MRI merits it).

    I've ridden bike all these years to keep things limber and fluid. I'm not going down like my mother, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother. I will not spend the majority of my life in a crippled state. I will not come home crying after the doctor's diagnosis. I am going to win on this thing. Dammit!
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    Osteo or Rheumatoid?

    R-A, even in advanced stages, can be managed through medications like Remicade (Infliximab) if it gets to that level of severity. My former boss has severe R-A, but Remicade every couple months keeps her from losing any ability. She wasn't able to grip a doorknob or walk up a single stair before the treatments. Now, you'd hardly know she has R-A at all.

    If you're like me and have O-A, then the options are different. Depending on the level of cartilage degredation, OTC meds like NSAIDS in conjunction with glucosamine and chondroitin, or MSM may prove beneficial. In further advanced stages, you may need to opt for hyaluronic injections, or in the case of bone spurs (which start forming when the cartilage is worn away and you get bone/bone interaction) the option might be surgery to remove the spurs.
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    About 10 years ago I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis (PA). Much like Rhuematoid, but not as debilitating. One of ten people afflicted with Psoriasis contract this type of arthritis. Lucky me, I got the arthritis part worse than the occasional small patch of red scaly skin.

    For 4 or 5 years I went through the progression of RA drugs. I was receiving monthly IV's of Remicade when my liver counts began to turn negative. Ironically at the same exact time my health insurance carrier was changing and I was supposed to change to a new Rhuematologist. Being fed up with feeling nauseous from the meds all of the time, I just walked away. The meds to relieve the pain were killing me and my quality of life was suffering.

    Now I take OTC Naproxyn Sodium and occasional pain/stiffness is tolerable. I haven't seen any significant change in my joints. I know I'm taking a risk on further damage, but considering the problems I was having while with meds I'm okay with it.

    Riding my recumbent has been great physical therapy. I was off for about a year and a half (job and family obligations) and am now getting back on. Using the joints and keeping my muscles strong has been better than all the meds.

    Stay strong and keep riding. If a traditional bike is no longer comfortable try a recumbent. If you are a diehard roady it is a bit of a concession, but it keeps you on the road! There is no cure, but find out what works for you and keep on fighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsyb View Post
    About 10 years ago I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis (PA). Much like Rhuematoid, but not as debilitating. One of ten people afflicted with Psoriasis contract this type of arthritis. Lucky me, I got the arthritis part worse than the occasional small patch of red scaly skin.

    For 4 or 5 years I went through the progression of RA drugs. I was receiving monthly IV's of Remicade when my liver counts began to turn negative. Ironically at the same exact time my health insurance carrier was changing and I was supposed to change to a new Rhuematologist. Being fed up with feeling nauseous from the meds all of the time, I just walked away. The meds to relieve the pain were killing me and my quality of life was suffering.

    Now I take OTC Naproxyn Sodium and occasional pain/stiffness is tolerable. I haven't seen any significant change in my joints. I know I'm taking a risk on further damage, but considering the problems I was having while with meds I'm okay with it.

    Riding my recumbent has been great physical therapy. I was off for about a year and a half (job and family obligations) and am now getting back on. Using the joints and keeping my muscles strong has been better than all the meds.

    Stay strong and keep riding. If a traditional bike is no longer comfortable try a recumbent. If you are a diehard roady it is a bit of a concession, but it keeps you on the road! There is no cure, but find out what works for you and keep on fighting.
    Hey lucky you! Lucky me too. I have PA as well and it freakin sucks. I feel your pain. I hate the P more then the A thought. I don't take drugs much anymore for it as keeping on moving is really the only thing that works for the A. I have found though when it flares up that the Naproxyn is the best stuff. As for the P it's constant apps of hydrocortizone and coal tar and sun light. The beach is the best environment. I used to play guitar a lot. That is the thing I miss the most. After about 30 minutes of playing my wrist swells up with pain.

    Good luck recumelectric, hopefully you are just suffering a bout with it and it will ease up.

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