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Need Help...LOTS of questions, NEED some answers

Posted In: Arthritis 3 Replies
  • Posted By: aaustin15714
  • March 26, 2008
  • 09:29 AM

Where to begin... over 4 years ago I had a fracture in my left hip which started the 5th month of my pregnancy. It was not discovered until after I delivered in April/2004. I went to a Orthopedic..he said continue on with my everyday life..if I am doing an activity and it bothers my hip to back off etc..... so after 7-8 months of still in pain (fractured, looked to have healed) he didn't know what was wrong with me so sent me off to the pain clinic.

I have now been there for over 3 years. few tests run here and there, not showing anything etc.. My last pain clinic appointment (Feb 2008) while he was doing my injections, he said "OH, I can see arthritis more on the left side than on the right" I immediately said "What does that mean?" He said "This is where your pain is coming from".

So, a week later I had my yearly pelvic exam and had a full blood work done...my arthritis blood test came back normal. The following week I had my first appointment with a new orthopedic for a osteoma tumor on my right femur. I sat a talked to her about everything...she also did a arthritis blood test and again came back normal.

So..how can my pain clinic doctor "See" arthritis and none of my blood test are coming back positive????

I am in constant pain 24 hours per day..my lower back, my hips (more the left hip) I have bursitis in both of my hips and outside of my thighs. If I sit too long ( I feel like my spine in all crunched together), stand 10 minutes (I want to crawl out of my skin) my back and hips start to hurt so bad, walking..blah, blah, blah...I wake up every 3 hours and have to walk around becuase I hurt so bad. Mornings are my worse.

So, again my new ortho doctor throws her hands in the air (completely baffled) and says lets try physical therapy. Most days I barely make it though my day without adding stress and strain to my muscles, joints and bones.

So today was my first day of PT...she said my right hip and right shoulder are higher than my left side. She thinks from favoring my left hip for so long.

Any thoughts and comments..what I need to be asking/demanding from one of my 4 doctors????????
regular doctor
orthopedic doctor
pain clinic doctor
physical therapy

I am just so OVER done with all of this. I am so tired of being in this much pain everyday/24 hours a day.

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  • Where to begin... over 4 years ago I had a fracture in my left hip which started the 5th month of my pregnancy. It was not discovered until after I delivered in April/2004. I went to a Orthopedic..he said continue on with my everyday life..if I am doing an activity and it bothers my hip to back off etc..... so after 7-8 months of still in pain (fractured, looked to have healed) he didn't know what was wrong with me so sent me off to the pain clinic. I have now been there for over 3 years. few tests run here and there, not showing anything etc.. My last pain clinic appointment (Feb 2008) while he was doing my injections, he said "OH, I can see arthritis more on the left side than on the right" I immediately said "What does that mean?" He said "This is where your pain is coming from". So, a week later I had my yearly pelvic exam and had a full blood work done...my arthritis blood test came back normal. The following week I had my first appointment with a new orthopedic for a osteoma tumor on my right femur. I sat a talked to her about everything...she also did a arthritis blood test and again came back normal. So..how can my pain clinic doctor "See" arthritis and none of my blood test are coming back positive???? I am in constant pain 24 hours per day..my lower back, my hips (more the left hip) I have bursitis in both of my hips and outside of my thighs. If I sit too long ( I feel like my spine in all crunched together), stand 10 minutes (I want to crawl out of my skin) my back and hips start to hurt so bad, walking..blah, blah, blah...I wake up every 3 hours and have to walk around becuase I hurt so bad. Mornings are my worse. So, again my new ortho doctor throws her hands in the air (completely baffled) and says lets try physical therapy. Most days I barely make it though my day without adding stress and strain to my muscles, joints and bones. So today was my first day of PT...she said my right hip and right shoulder are higher than my left side. She thinks from favoring my left hip for so long. Any thoughts and comments..what I need to be asking/demanding from one of my 4 doctors????????regular doctororthopedic doctorpain clinic doctorphysical therapy I am just so OVER done with all of this. I am so tired of being in this much pain everyday/24 hours a day. Hi, sorry ur feeling so bad, theres only a couple of things i can help u with. First of all im pretty sure that the blood test only shows Rheumatoid Arthritis., so that would explain the blood result......u still have Arthritis ! Secondly.......now my Pain Consultant told me to take these and i found a definate improvement with them.....Glucosamine Sulphate, i take the highest strength 1000mg taken twice a day. I also take the same in Cod Liver Oil capsuals, thats if u can take them. If u cant dont worry take the Glucosmine Sph. Really give it a try it definately helped my joint /bone pain. Hope u get the correct answers/treatment. Get well soon :)
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some of my questions.Can I get the Glucosamine Sulphate over the counter? I will make sure I go and get this and the Liver oil tomorrow and start taking them right away.
    aaustin15714 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some of my questions.Can I get the Glucosamine Sulphate over the counter? I will make sure I go and get this and the Liver oil tomorrow and start taking them right away.In the UK we can buy it over the counter, so i should think u can. Its a natural tablet, also in health shops if u have them over there. I hope u can take the cod liver oil capsuals if not just leave them out, try one a day & see now u go with it. Also i get the strongest strength Glucosamine Sulphate 1000mg take twice a day ! A friend who always had severe back pain started taking them & she is delighted she's improved so much ! Hope u have the same result ! Get well soon ! :)
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