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  1. #1
    KenK Guest

    Default Is this arthritis?

    Seems like a friendly group here, unlike some newsgroups.

    I've had osteo for 40 years or more, sometimes it had me on crutches, but
    mostly just something to live with. Currently mostly hands and fingers. The
    past few months I've had a pain in the left side of my jaw when I open my
    mouth. At first I thought it was a dental problem. It also causes my left
    ear to ache and gives me a mild headache on that side. It is worst at night
    and first thing in the morning, then as the day wears on mostly goes away.

    I think it's arthritis. Haven't seen an MD about it - my DO retired a few
    years ago and I never replaced him. I try to avoid doctors anyway unless
    I'm really hurting or scared.

    Thoughts about the jaw pain? Perhaps arthritis?

    TIA

    Ken


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    "Where there's smoke there's toast!" Anon






  2. #2
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Is this arthritis?

    On 29 Jan 2013 17:39:37 GMT, KenK <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Seems like a friendly group here, unlike some newsgroups.
    >
    >I've had osteo for 40 years or more, sometimes it had me on crutches, but
    >mostly just something to live with. Currently mostly hands and fingers. The
    >past few months I've had a pain in the left side of my jaw when I open my
    >mouth. At first I thought it was a dental problem. It also causes my left
    >ear to ache and gives me a mild headache on that side. It is worst at night
    >and first thing in the morning, then as the day wears on mostly goes away.
    >
    >I think it's arthritis. Haven't seen an MD about it - my DO retired a few
    >years ago and I never replaced him. I try to avoid doctors anyway unless
    >I'm really hurting or scared.
    >
    >Thoughts about the jaw pain? Perhaps arthritis?
    >
    >TIA
    >
    >Ken


    People with major forms of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis have
    one thing in common. They have had their condition diagnosed by a RD [
    a Rheumatologist ] So whilst people may pass opinions on what they
    think it is you have, the best and medically safest way forward is to
    see a RD.

    Bob

  3. #3
    Harvey Guest

    Default Re: Is this arthritis?




    People with major forms of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis have
    one thing in common. They have had their condition diagnosed by a RD [
    a Rheumatologist ] So whilst people may pass opinions on what they
    think it is you have, the best and medically safest way forward is to
    see a RD.

    Bob


    Well said Bob and the way it is in my world.
    Harv

  4. #4
    deT notsuH Guest

    Default Re: Is this arthritis?

    If you're avoiding doctors, are you still seeing your dentist? That
    might be the way to go or the place to start anyway. I'm thinking TMD -
    temporomandibular disorder. See:
    http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/gui...ular-disorders
    Maybe you're grinding your teeth at night, for example.
    --
    deT notsuH bass-ackwards ude.hcimu@pcird
    For as long as I can remember, I've had amnesia.

    On 1/29/2013 12:39 PM, KenK wrote:
    > Seems like a friendly group here, unlike some newsgroups.
    >
    > I've had osteo for 40 years or more, sometimes it had me on crutches, but
    > mostly just something to live with. Currently mostly hands and fingers. The
    > past few months I've had a pain in the left side of my jaw when I open my
    > mouth. At first I thought it was a dental problem. It also causes my left
    > ear to ache and gives me a mild headache on that side. It is worst at night
    > and first thing in the morning, then as the day wears on mostly goes away.
    >
    > I think it's arthritis. Haven't seen an MD about it - my DO retired a few
    > years ago and I never replaced him. I try to avoid doctors anyway unless
    > I'm really hurting or scared.
    >
    > Thoughts about the jaw pain? Perhaps arthritis?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > Ken


  5. #5
    Diane Guest

    Default Re: Is this arthritis?

    Hi Ken,

    Welcome to the group. :-) I'm a newbie too. Just been here for maybe a
    month, maybe more. This is a really nice and supportive group, Ken. Not
    too many people here that I have seen, but there are some and they are very
    supportive and knowledgeable. I can't answer your question, but I feel bad
    for you and your pain. :-( I tend to agree with deT, who might be Ted
    because of the backwards words. :-) I think you should take a look at that
    link. Please don't let anything stop you from coming here and asking,
    talking or venting just because it isn't a very large group. There are
    enough here for support and maybe more will come out of the woodwork soon.
    Take care, hope your pain subsides and your questions are answered.

    Gentle hugs,

    Diane

    "KenK" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Seems like a friendly group here, unlike some newsgroups.
    >
    > I've had osteo for 40 years or more, sometimes it had me on crutches, but
    > mostly just something to live with. Currently mostly hands and fingers.
    > The
    > past few months I've had a pain in the left side of my jaw when I open my
    > mouth. At first I thought it was a dental problem. It also causes my left
    > ear to ache and gives me a mild headache on that side. It is worst at
    > night
    > and first thing in the morning, then as the day wears on mostly goes away.
    >
    > I think it's arthritis. Haven't seen an MD about it - my DO retired a few
    > years ago and I never replaced him. I try to avoid doctors anyway unless
    > I'm really hurting or scared.
    >
    > Thoughts about the jaw pain? Perhaps arthritis?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > Ken
    >
    >
    > --
    > "Where there's smoke there's toast!" Anon
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >


  6. #6
    Donna G Guest

    Default Re: Is this arthritis? Ken




    Ken, there are a number of possibilities and eventually you are probably
    going to have to bite the bullet and find a doctor to help decipher what
    the problem is.

    It could very well be arthritis, but could also be an inflammed nerve or
    TMJ. Could still be a dental problem as well.

    If you go for regular dental problems, you might want to start with your
    dentist in ruling things out, if you're comfortable doing that.

    Do you notice anything in particular that helps or make things worse?
    (weather changes? foods? stress? etc)

    Have you tried ice or heat to see if that helps the situation any?

    You don't mention whether or not your arthritis in your hands/fingers is
    a problem in both hands or more so in one hand. Some times this can
    help a doctor know whether you might be developing one of the autoimmune
    types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis,
    etc.

    Maybe keeping a journal for 6 months to a year and record things like
    pain level for the day, what the weather is like that day, what you have
    eaten that day, and any other pertinant information that might help some
    one narrow down what you are dealing with. Just a thought.

    ..
    ..
    Donna G.
    ..

    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances,
    For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ( I Thessalonians
    5:16-18 NIV )

    2) It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
    - Edmund Hillary

    3) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    call them FRIENDS......


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    KenK Guest

    Default Re: Is this arthritis? Ken

    [email protected] (Donna G) wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    >
    >
    >
    > Ken, there are a number of possibilities and eventually you are
    > probably going to have to bite the bullet and find a doctor to help
    > decipher what the problem is.
    >
    > It could very well be arthritis, but could also be an inflammed nerve
    > or TMJ. Could still be a dental problem as well.
    >
    > If you go for regular dental problems, you might want to start with
    > your dentist in ruling things out, if you're comfortable doing that.
    >
    > Do you notice anything in particular that helps or make things worse?
    > (weather changes? foods? stress? etc)
    >
    > Have you tried ice or heat to see if that helps the situation any?
    >


    I'm holding off because it's really not that bad. Mostly just annoying.
    Not bad enough to interfere with eating or sleeping. It goes away
    usually by mid-morning. This is after a month or so. I only posted here
    because I was curious if others have had this happen

    > You don't mention whether or not your arthritis in your hands/fingers
    > is a problem in both hands or more so in one hand. Some times this
    > can help a doctor know whether you might be developing one of the
    > autoimmune types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis or
    > psoriatic arthritis, etc.
    >


    One hand currntly, the right. It's always there, mildly, but sometimes
    gets really annoying. I certainly hope it's just osteo.

    > Maybe keeping a journal for 6 months to a year and record things like
    > pain level for the day, what the weather is like that day, what you
    > have eaten that day, and any other pertinant information that might
    > help some one narrow down what you are dealing with. Just a thought.


    I do keep a journal but not that detaiked.

    > .
    > Donna G.
    > .
    >
    > 1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances,
    > For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ( I Thessalonians
    > 5:16-18 NIV )
    >
    > 2) It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
    > - Edmund Hillary
    >
    > 3) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    > call them FRIENDS......
    >
    >




    --
    "Where there's smoke there's toast!" Anon






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    Diane Guest

    Default Re: Is this arthritis? Ken

    KenK" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > [email protected] (Donna G) wrote in
    > news:[email protected]:


    <snipped>

    >> You don't mention whether or not your arthritis in your hands/fingers
    >> is a problem in both hands or more so in one hand. Some times this
    >> can help a doctor know whether you might be developing one of the
    >> autoimmune types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis or
    >> psoriatic arthritis, etc.


    > One hand currntly, the right. It's always there, mildly, but sometimes
    > gets really annoying. I certainly hope it's just osteo.


    Hi Ken,

    I don't know yet what kind of arthritis I have, but I am in pain most of the
    time, most everywhere. I especially feel it in my right wrist because I
    fractured it about 5 years ago and every single day it feels like I've
    re-fractured it. :-( I get spasms and squeezing contractions in my thighs,
    calves and feet. I won't tell you anymore because you'll probably get
    depressed. :-) Do you ever feel like this, Ken? Just wondering.

    Gentle hugs,

    Diane

    > "Where there's smoke there's toast!" Anon




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    KenK Guest

    Default Re: Is this arthritis? Ken

    "Diane" <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > KenK" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> [email protected] (Donna G) wrote in
    >> news:[email protected]:

    >
    > <snipped>
    >
    >>> You don't mention whether or not your arthritis in your
    >>> hands/fingers is a problem in both hands or more so in one hand.
    >>> Some times this can help a doctor know whether you might be
    >>> developing one of the autoimmune types of arthritis such as
    >>> rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis, etc.

    >
    >> One hand currntly, the right. It's always there, mildly, but
    >> sometimes gets really annoying. I certainly hope it's just osteo.

    >
    > Hi Ken,
    >
    > I don't know yet what kind of arthritis I have, but I am in pain most
    > of the time, most everywhere. I especially feel it in my right wrist
    > because I fractured it about 5 years ago and every single day it feels
    > like I've re-fractured it. :-( I get spasms and squeezing
    > contractions in my thighs, calves and feet. I won't tell you anymore
    > because you'll probably get depressed. :-) Do you ever feel like
    > this, Ken? Just wondering.
    >
    > Gentle hugs,
    >
    > Diane
    >
    >> "Where there's smoke there's toast!" Anon

    >
    >


    I'm guessing I have very mild osteo.

    I feel so sorry for you. Reminds me of my mother's and grandmother's
    artritis. They suffered a lot but nothing like you.

    My worst was when I had it on the bottom of my feet; I was on crutches.
    This was decades ago and I think lasted only a week or so. Otherwise it has
    just been mostly just annoying. I'm very fortunate.

    Ken



    --
    "Where there's smoke there's toast!" Anon






  10. #10
    Diane Guest

    Default Re: Is this arthritis? Ken

    "KenK" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > "Diane" <[email protected]> wrote in
    > news:[email protected]:
    >
    >> KenK" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> [email protected] (Donna G) wrote in
    >>> news:[email protected]:

    >>
    >> <snipped>
    >>
    >>>> You don't mention whether or not your arthritis in your
    >>>> hands/fingers is a problem in both hands or more so in one hand.
    >>>> Some times this can help a doctor know whether you might be
    >>>> developing one of the autoimmune types of arthritis such as
    >>>> rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis, etc.

    >>
    >>> One hand currntly, the right. It's always there, mildly, but
    >>> sometimes gets really annoying. I certainly hope it's just osteo.

    >>
    >> Hi Ken,
    >>
    >> I don't know yet what kind of arthritis I have, but I am in pain most
    >> of the time, most everywhere. I especially feel it in my right wrist
    >> because I fractured it about 5 years ago and every single day it feels
    >> like I've re-fractured it. :-( I get spasms and squeezing
    >> contractions in my thighs, calves and feet. I won't tell you anymore
    >> because you'll probably get depressed. :-) Do you ever feel like
    >> this, Ken? Just wondering.
    >>
    >> Gentle hugs,
    >>
    >> Diane


    > I'm guessing I have very mild osteo.


    Please try not to guess, Ken. Go have it checked out. I will be seeing my
    neuro on Feb. 4th and will be asking him a lot of questions. :-)

    > I feel so sorry for you. Reminds me of my mother's and grandmother's
    > artritis. They suffered a lot but nothing like you.


    Oh, thank you so much Ken! I feel bad for you too.

    > My worst was when I had it on the bottom of my feet; I was on crutches.
    > This was decades ago and I think lasted only a week or so. Otherwise it
    > has
    > just been mostly just annoying. I'm very fortunate.


    Sorry again for your pain. :-( I know what that feels like when you have
    it on the bottom of your feet. No crutches, yet. :-) I am also very
    fortunate. Thank you Ken!

    > Ken


    Gentle hugs,

    Diane

    > "Where there's smoke there's toast!" Anon




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    Diane Guest

    Default Re: Is this arthritis? Ken

    "KenK" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > "Diane" <[email protected]> wrote in
    > news:[email protected]:
    >
    >> KenK" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> [email protected] (Donna G) wrote in
    >>> news:[email protected]:

    >>
    >> <snipped>



    > I'm guessing I have very mild osteo.
    >
    > I feel so sorry for you. Reminds me of my mother's and grandmother's
    > artritis. They suffered a lot but nothing like you.
    >
    > My worst was when I had it on the bottom of my feet; I was on crutches.
    > This was decades ago and I think lasted only a week or so. Otherwise it
    > has
    > just been mostly just annoying. I'm very fortunate.
    >
    > Ken


    Hi again Ken,

    Just wanted to see how you were doing. Please don't be a stranger and let
    us know what's been going on with you. Take care!

    Gentle hugs,

    Diane

    > "Where there's smoke there's toast!" Anon


    LOVE this, Ken! LOL



  12. #12
    x x Guest

    Default Re: Is this arthritis? diane

    11:22pm Dianne could you be lacking in Potassium, need more Vit. c, or
    Omega threes? From the discriptions in this post about leg and feet and
    etc; discomforts seems like severe leg cramps.. When you have a CBC
    done again ask what is being checked for and if need be throw in the
    suggestion for these levels to be checked. Also Vit. D and Calcium..
    Just my thoughts.. I do know that a lack of or lowness can cause muscle
    problems.. Moe


  13. #13
    Diane Guest

    Default Re: Is this arthritis? diane

    Once again, thank you so much Moe!!! :-) I was already checked for just
    about everything and the results came back fine. :-) I cannot take Vit. C
    or anything with citrus, colas, caffeine or chocolate because my gyno thinks
    I *may* have Interstitial Cystitis, which is going to be checked out by my
    urologist on Mar. 28th. I can't seem to get an earlier appt. than that.
    The recep there told me to just keep calling them every once in awhile to
    see if there is a cancellation for that procedure. I believe it is a
    Cystoscopy. But my Pot., Vit. D, Calcium, etc., levels were normal. My
    brother actually told me the same thing about those vitamins, etc., and
    causing muscle cramps. He gets them too once in awhile. Thanks again!
    Have a wonderful, pain-free day, Moe. :-) I always appreciate your input.

    Gentle hugs,

    Diane

    "x x" <treeclimber2[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > 11:22pm Dianne could you be lacking in Potassium, need more Vit. c, or
    > Omega threes? From the discriptions in this post about leg and feet and
    > etc; discomforts seems like severe leg cramps.. When you have a CBC
    > done again ask what is being checked for and if need be throw in the
    > suggestion for these levels to be checked. Also Vit. D and Calcium..
    > Just my thoughts.. I do know that a lack of or lowness can cause muscle
    > problems.. Moe
    >


  14. #14
    Donna G Guest

    Default Re: Is this arthritis? Ken




    Ken, glad to know things are too troublesome for you right now. I'm
    sure it must be annoying when this pops up for you, though.

    Can't say I have experienced the same exact thing as you have. I do
    have something similar that has popped up recently, but mine has been
    attributed to occipital neuralgia (inflammed nerve). They have done 2
    cortizone injections behind my ear to target the nerve involved for this
    and it has helped considerably, although the injections were no walk in
    the park! LOL

    Hope it disappears for you, but if not, you have some ideas as to what
    to possibly consider and do for it. I wish you the best outcome in this
    and hope you'll pop in here from time to time and let us know how you're
    doing!

    We definitely learn from one another!

    ..
    ..
    Donna G.
    ..

    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances,
    For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ( I Thessalonians
    5:16-18 NIV )

    2) It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
    - Edmund Hillary

    3) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    call them FRIENDS......


  15. #15
    Diane Guest

    Default Re: Is this arthritis? Ken

    "Donna G" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..

    > Can't say I have experienced the same exact thing as you have. I do
    > have something similar that has popped up recently, but mine has been
    > attributed to occipital neuralgia (inflammed nerve). They have done 2
    > cortizone injections behind my ear to target the nerve involved for this
    > and it has helped considerably, although the injections were no walk in
    > the park! LOL


    So sorry you had to go through that, Donna! I'm glad, though, that it has
    helped you. Take care!

    Gentle hugs,

    Diane

    > Donna G.
    > .
    >
    > 1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances,
    > For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ( I Thessalonians
    > 5:16-18 NIV )
    >
    > 2) It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
    > - Edmund Hillary
    >
    > 3) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    > call them FRIENDS......




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