Patient discussion about osteoarthritis

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Q. What are the complications of osteoarthritis?

I have been suffering from osteoarthritis for over a year now. What are the complications of this disease?
A1Osteoarthritis, as other chronic arthritic diseases, has a very debilitating influence, due to the great pain people often suffer from. It sometimes becomes impossible to walk or stand up, and thus it lead to less movement, weight gain, development of blood clots and venous stasis. The emotional stress can be very debilitating as well.
A2The complications of osteoarthritis are mainly related to dealing with chronic pain. This can be difficult and result in depression. Communicating with other patients and caregivers can be helpful, as can maintaining a positive attitude. People who take control of their treatment, communicate with their health care provider, and actively manage their arthritis experience can reduce pain and improve function. Immobility as the disease progresses can be a very debilitating complication, and result in higher risk to development of blood clots.
A3the biggest risk is falling down and breaking bones..my grandma broke her hip. it is actually a life threatening accident. if you fall there's a bigger chance you'll break bones that don't break easily - like hip and thigh bones. those have a massive amount of blood vessels that will rip open and you can absolutely bleed to death.

Q. What Are the Possible Treatments for Osteoarthritis?

My sister is suffering from osteoarthritis. What are the possible treatments for this disease?
A1Dear Garland,
My Mother has had osteoarthritis for about 20years. She has tried numerous things to allieviate the pain she has had. About three months ago, she started taking a natural product for inflammation. She still has osteoarthritis, but the pain has reduced so much that she is now able to do so many things she hasn't been able to do in a long time. She can now put pegs on the clothes line, turn light switches on/off, open bottles. I really feel for yourself and other who have osteoarthritis. I never really understood how debilitating it can be. I hope you tell people that you are in pain. I never knew my mother couldn't do all these things.
Best of luck,
Kathryn
A2Treatment of osteoarthritis is divided to medication therapy, lifestyle modifications and surgical methods. The first line of treatment will usually start with weight loss, exercise and dietary changes. Nutritional supplements are also known to be sometimes helpful. Medications are used for severe pains. When there is an actual major bone or cartilage distortion, surgery may be considered.
A3No matter the severity or location of osteoarthritis, conservative measures such as weight control, appropriate rest and exercise, and the use of mechanical support devices are usually beneficial (knee braces, walker, etc.). Applying local heat before, and cold packs after exercise, can help relieve pain and inflammation, as can relaxation techniques. Weight loss can relieve joint stress and may delay progression of this disease. Medication treatment includes a variety of pain relieving drugs. Surgery is usually the last option. anyway, treatment should be discussed with a professional expert on the subject.

Q. Can knee pain at childhood be connected to osteoarthritis?

My mother is suffering from osteoarthritis (OA). She is 72 years old and the OA is a major problem in her life. My son is 10 years old. He has a relapsing knee pain. His pain occurs mostly at day time but can wake him from sleep. The pain is in both legs. Is my son in a risk group for OA?
A1Osteoarthritis is a disease that is most commonly caused by weight gain. The problem is that weigh gain has an important genetic factor. So, it doesn't matter if your son has knee pain right now, he is in a risk group for OA. If your mom is fat, she can start a program to lower her fat rate. I used this program for me. In the beginning it was too hard so cut her some slack!
http://www.5min.com/Video/The-Fat-Burning-Formula-For-Women---week-6-13962180
A2The main risk factor for OA is high weight. The pain your son is suffering from is important and should be taken care of, but it is very hard to advocate that it will increase his risk for OA in the future
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