Patient Comments: Osteoarthritis - Symptoms

The symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease?

A Doctor's View on Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Read the Comment by William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

Osteoarthritis symptoms may include pain, stiffness, swelling, redness, warmth, creaking, and loss of function. When osteoarthritis first develops, there may be no symptoms. Cartilage loss, nodularity of the joints, and bony enlargements result as osteoarthritis progresses. Severe osteoarthritis symptoms may lead to a loss of function and disability. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Bill, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 27

I had been going to a chiropractor for 2 years, for neck and lower back pain. The last four months, I was going every 2 weeks which was not helping. Finally I had an MRI. I have osteoarthritis in my cervical and lumbar spine, and the pain is getting worse! I now have some sciatica! I am scheduled for an out-patient procedure on 4/7 (I believe it is called a medial bundle branch block, sort of like an epidural) for my cervical spine! The saga continues.

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Comment from: jlssm1941, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

When I first discovered that something was wrong with me, I was not surprised because I had had some type of pain in my legs since I was three years old. When I was 30 years old, I started getting stiff in the mornings and after sitting for a while, it was difficult for me to walk at first. While changing sheets on my king size bed, I climbed on the bed to place the sheet on the opposite side and suddenly realized that my knees were gone because I could not place any weight on them. All of a sudden I seemed like an invalid. My husband had to help me get off the bed because my knees were locked in place. Such terrific pain I had never experienced before in my life. This was 33 years ago; I now take a pain pill in the morning and one in the evening for some relief. I had microscopic surgery on the left knee three years ago which helped quite a bit; but I am now starting to have severe pain in it again. I have a torn meniscus in the right leg and need surgery. I really would like to have a knee replacement in both legs. I have sent for information on the ZIMMER for women only replacement. There is always hope for a better tomorrow; I hope this is it for me.

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Published: July 30

I went for my yearly physical, and complained of aching hands and that my hips hurt. Blood tests came back with a positive ANA test. The rheumatologist ran blood tests and took X rays of my hands. This came back with a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. The hip pain was bursitis. She gave me cortisone shots in my hips and prescribed Arthrotec (NSAID) for the pain. I use hot wax dips, and lots of Aspercreme night time lotion (it smells good!). These things seem to help, since I teach special needs children and use a lot of sign language.

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Published: July 25

I was just recently diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in both knees. I am 31 years old. I started getting symptoms about 6 years ago while training for a marathon. I ran every day and did squats and lunges every other day too. That did me in. At first, doctors diagnosed me with patella tendonitis which coincided with the symptoms I had at the time. I stopped everything and gained weight. Since then, the pain returns when the weather is about to change. I used the Glucos/Chron blend and can tell it helps a bit. Frustrating because I can't really do any real workout, but I need to lose weight at the same time.

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Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 08

My symptoms of osteoarthritis are bulging discs in spine and a lot of swelling in the knee.

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Comment from: LoriZak1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I was diagnosed on June 1, 2013 with osteoarthritis of the spine and my doctor said that I had a back of a 53 year old woman (I am 43 years old). My grandma had osteoarthritis and she was in pain all the time; she also had deformed fingers and toes on her left side the same side as me. I have chronic pain all the time, particularly in the afternoon starting at 3pm and on. I have been on a high dosage of tramadol and it does work. I really do think I have had this disease since my teens. I work full time, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week and with everything being so expensive it's hard to even take a day off, but I find that if I work early in the morning from 6:30AM to 2:30PM I am fine and not dragging my left leg as much. The weather has changed here and my osteoarthritis has gotten worse, so I can only imagine what it will be like in winter, but water therapy works very well!

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