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So I've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. I'm 35.

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AllOverIt Sat 04-May-13 14:16:50

Just that really.

Had hip issues all my life, but progressively worse in the last 5 years. Finally got bullied into seeing the GP, who referred me to a consultant. Having looked at my MRI and CT scans, I have osteoarthritis in both hips. Early stages, but quite a bit of cartilage damage there already.

I'm quite active and the consultant has advised me to give up running and high impact activity. Apart from swimming and Pilates, what else is good.

Is there any other advice people can give? I'm looking into memory foam mattresses as sleeping is quite uncomfortable.

It's not too much of a shock as both my parents have arthritis, they're gradually being rebuilt year on year grin

I just feel so young still sad

chocoluvva Sat 04-May-13 15:59:00

Avoid too much sugar in your diet. Try to eat really healthily - take a krill-supplement and have two portions of oily fish a week. Also have a supplement of glucosamine sulphate and make sure you get plenty of vitamin c as it is helpful for building/repairing cartilage.

It might be worth getting fitted for trainers at a specialist shop even though you're not running now - just to make sure you aren't putting undue stress on any joints.

AllOverIt Sat 04-May-13 20:50:48

Thanks Choco. I have specialist trainers that have been fitted. They need a go through the washing machine though. No more muddy running for me!

I've also got some glucosamine in the cupboard, I bought with all good intentions of taking. Will start taking them again. smile

AllOverIt Mon 06-May-13 06:18:48

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grimbletart Mon 06-May-13 14:44:41

Hi AllOver: I don't have hip arthritis (I think) but have it in my knees, wrists, elbows and hands. I'm a lot older than you though. I have an exercise bike that I use on low tension every day - recommended by my doctor and it does seem to keep the joints mobile - especially as I have had ops on both knees to remove torn cartilage. Doc said the movement under low tension is good for joint problems and doesn't give you the impact factor that is so bad for arthritis.

AllOverIt Mon 06-May-13 19:14:49

Thanks Grimble DH and I were just talking about buying decent bikes and cycling instead of my usual running. Sorry to hear your arthritis too. It's such a pain in the arse (literally for mewink)

I need to make an appointment with the GP to discuss pain relief.

Contemplating my two week camping trip on an airbed to France in July sad

fivecupsoftea Mon 06-May-13 19:38:36

Have you tried yoga? There are some really intensive active classes that are amazing. I also love body pump - its a weight lifting exercise class.

Footle Mon 06-May-13 19:58:26

Qi gong and / or t'ai chi are low impact and really help to keep you mobile. At first they may seem simple and slow, but the more you get into them the more you get back.

AllOverIt Mon 06-May-13 20:58:40

I have tried yoga, I love the idea but I'm so I flexible it was embarrassing! I know it'll get easier, definitely up for trying.

wonkylegs Mon 06-May-13 23:03:23

I've got RA so slightly different, but similar & in my hips (as well as everywhere else). Cycling is good, I haven't really got on with Yoga as I got stuck (the joys of full body pain and stiffness) but swimming as long as it's warm is good, as was aqua aerobics when I did it. I would like to do more but I'm still recovering from tendonitis in my hip coupled with RA damage so am somewhat limited these days.

AllOverIt Tue 07-May-13 06:52:39

I've asked for a new bike for my birthday, so that's my new activity with the dog. I'm going to have to take up swimming aren't I? Breaststroke is out and I hate getting my hair wet sad sob!

AllOverIt Tue 07-May-13 06:54:27

I would die if I got stuck Wonky sad I'm going to try pilates instead. I've got a DVD that is quite gentle

frownyface Tue 07-May-13 07:00:30

im 28 and have osteo arthritus in my knee. I swim regularly but I do find excercise bikes aggravate the arthritus.
Pilates sounds good, I also enjoy aqua aerobics smile
I think my hips might be starting to suffer with arthritus also, its not much fun is it.

AllOverIt Tue 07-May-13 18:50:49

No frowns, it's horrible. I think cycling is quite low impact on hips, but hell on your knees sad

AllOverIt Thu 09-May-13 07:17:26

Anyone invested in a different mattress?

AllOverIt Thu 09-May-13 12:31:21

Letter from the consultant arrived today and he says after analysing scans on left side, he thinks keyhole surgery is an option. Scary stuff. Have a new appointment with him to discuss it.

wonkylegs Thu 09-May-13 14:53:09

Re:Mattress I have a fab mattress which is part pocket sprung, part memory foam. DH bought it for me when I was pregnant with DS and my RA especially in my hips was awful. It was a godsend.
We also have a similar effect in the spare room with a firm pocket sprung mattress with a really good memory foam topper. It's almost as good as the other one and means I can sleep in the spare room if my joints are uncomfortable and making me fidget without disturbing DH.

KittensandKids Thu 09-May-13 14:57:44

Yeah it makes you feel kinda old doesn't it?

I ignored the advice about running etc and wouldn't advise it. I was 14 when I found out though so, I ignored all the advice and am now 39 and my knees are sore if I sit with them bended for too long and it's gone into my hip now too.

Just seen your update about an op! Make sure you find out the recovery time etc and outweigh how you are just now as most ops have to be re-done after a certain amount of years, 10-15 I think I was told.

AllOverIt Thu 09-May-13 20:34:58

That sounds like what we're after wonky. Do you mind me asking which mattress you have? Are they really hot? DH is a human radiator so I'm worried it'll make him overheat!

My left hip is so painful, I'll obviously chat to the consultant, but I'm keen to explore the idea of surgery as the pain killers aren't just cutting it any more.

I've googled the consultant, and it seems he's top dog in this particular field.

Scary!

AllOverIt Thu 09-May-13 20:45:22

Right, completely stupid question. How do you do the sheet with a mattress topper? We have fitted sheets at the moment, but they're quite tight on, they wouldn't fit a topper in too....

Smudging Thu 09-May-13 20:57:26

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wonkylegs Thu 09-May-13 22:26:22

My DH is a human radiator too but he seems fine on this. The memory foam does make it a tiny bit warmer but we've got a fab lightweight duvet (goose feather from HofF sale) which just stays on for 9mths of the year even though I'm the complete opposite of him (terrible circulation) and the combination works well. I have no idea what make the mattress is, I will have a look but as I'm already in bed and the names under a crashed out sleeping DH do you mind if I wait til morning to check wink

wonkylegs Thu 09-May-13 22:28:53

Re:the topper - ours is from John Lewis.
You can buy extra deep fitted sheets which just go over the topper & the mattress or you can stretch the normal ones a bit but I find this sometimes pings off.

AllOverIt Fri 10-May-13 17:58:22

Ooo thanks for that! Off to Google extra deep sheets!

AllOverIt Tue 14-May-13 05:48:36

Been looking at mattresses and cut decide to just go for the topper or just bite the bullet and go for a full mattress

crashdoll Tue 14-May-13 07:45:13

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and after diagnosis, spent a lot of time lying down in various bed shops trying mattresses. I went for the topper in the end as I found it equally as comfortable, if not better because it was softer. I have extra deep sheets, the normal ones ping of all the time and drive me bonkers!

midoriway Tue 14-May-13 21:51:50

Ask consultant about the possibility of stem cell treatment to regrow cartilage on hips. I went to a specialist about getting it down on my knee, but it was too far gone for stem cell treatment to be any good (I have the knees of an 80 year old in the body of a 37 year old.). If you need a specialist's name PM me.

Devora Tue 14-May-13 21:56:36

Ah, sympathies. I'm in my 40s and have arthritis in my hip, knees, spine and hands. I agree with all the advice re. pilates, swimming, new mattress. Are you seeing a physio? I'm finding that quite helpful. Also, I've given up sitting on my squashy sofa and got a highbacked chair. I was worried I wouldn't be able to relax in it but it is pretty comfortable.

I haven't tackled diet yet, but it seems the next way to go.

Suttyshotty Tue 14-May-13 22:19:05

The human skeleton is only designed to last about 60 years and OA is really common, most people just don't know they have it. Water and yoga are my top twips grin

AllOverIt Wed 15-May-13 14:32:46

Wow! Some great advice here. I'm on the case for a topper then, and some extra deep sheets. Waiting for my consultant appointment to come through as they're going to 'tidy up' the left hip. Urgh.

Will ask about stem cell stuff when I see him. My right hip is quite far gone, I think. Just waiting for that to deteriorate enough for full hip replacement on that one. There might hope with my left one though....

AllOverIt Wed 15-May-13 21:20:24

Another question, what depth are your toppers? The ones I'm looking at don't seem very deep.....

Hulababy Wed 15-May-13 21:33:28

Sorry to hear about your dx.
I have psoriatic arthritis It affects my knee and hands/giners mainly, and sometimes my neck. Was dx about 2-3 years ago. I have just turned 40y now. I am on daily meds inc steroids, and have painkillers for as and when required. I have flare ups but it is better controlled these days and fortunuately so far I have very limited damage.

Hope you get things sorted.

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