if you do indeed have basal joint arthritis, then putting off this surgery is just putting off the inevitable. It's a condition that is only going to get worse, and you can only go so far with conservative management. Eventually it won't work for you anymore and by that point the pain will be so severe and use of your hands so affected you will be begging to get the... (7 replies)
... have had it in my spine since around the age of 18. My Father was also diagnosed in his mid 30s, My Grandmother had RA at 24 and other members of my family have arthritis in different forms. My son was 10 when I was told that he had signs of wear and tear in the middle of his spine but is o.k 11 years on. ... (6 replies)
... Thanks for the advice. I tried to seek some help from the cerebral palsy boards but no response. My cp is not obvious - just some stiffness when i feel I'm being watched like in church, and some minor balance issues.
which is why i had fallen on my knees a lot as a child. I don't know why i feel those dull pains in my fingers and toes - they are normal and flexable.
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... HI Mochi,
I suffer RA and with with bad period pains and im in my early 30s,the pain extends down both my legs and sometimes can be worse that the period pains.
I have athritic knees and hips so perhaps period pains and RA are linked.
When my period pains have gone my legs are always bad for a couple of days so perhaps the period pains interfere with the RA.
Thats one to... (3 replies)
... RA can start out very young and arthritis in general is not age specific. Some folks think that only Seniors get arthritis of any type, this is not the case. Many here with RA have had it since they were very young and personally I've had OA since age 10. ... (2 replies)