Maybe someone can enlighten me a bit about this problem...
My dilema is three fold.
2. Occurance in other joints
3. Treatment and Future joint problems
Two GP's, has confirmed joint pain in my wrists as being Osteo-Arthritis. My one major struggle with this, is that they can not give conclusive proof of what they are saying.
The one GP, came to the conclusion due to the sensation and reduced movement of the joint.
My main GP, came to the same conclusion, by elimination. It's not due to ganglia, nerve-problems or injury.
Both had looked at an X-Ray of my wrist and said that there is no signs of problems but that it just means that the degeneration of the cartlidge is not far enough to show up on an X-Ray and that it would be a waste of time and money to go for a CT scan.
In both cases, the fact that I suffer from Marfan's and that my joints are hypermobile, is enough to seal the case.
Is there other areas I can have looked at to put my mind at ease or am I just being ... silly?
The concerning factor, is that I am starting to get the same sensation in other joints. I have now started wearing wrist braces on both my wrists as my right wrist also show signs.
My hips, Shoulder blades, Elbows, all give the same sensation from time to time...although not as severe or frequently as my left wrist.
Treatment and Future Joint Problems:
According to my main GP, the only course of action for my wrists, is
1. Bracing (To limit the rate of degeneration)
2. Cortrezone Injections (If the pain starts to become too much)
3. Finally...fusing the joints.
This is all well and good for my wrists, but what about the rest of my body? I can't very well wrap my whole body in splints and braces...I will look like a siv if they start with injections and if they were to fuse every problem joint, I will end up as stiff as a bord?!!
Many thanks for any advice, insight and/or input ;D
Nice to see your post again!
I was worrying about you, cause you haven't posted for a long period.
How are you?
An early onset osteoarthritis is frequently diagnosed in Marfan's patients.
Sometimes, these diagnosis can be done with only physical examination by your GP,not even performing X-ray.
Have you noticed some node formation at the smallest joint of the end of the fingers, and, at the middle joint of the fingers?
Have you been suggested trying the over-the-counter food supplements, glucosamine and chondroitin, that can "rebuild" cartilage of affected joints?
Thanks. Sorry I have been away so long. Work generally keeps me busy...not to mention having had a car-wreck down a 20m embankment after a tire blow-out ;D. Nothing serious tho...and my doctor says there is a good chance the Marfan's protected me from breaking any bones...go figure.
My fingers is not showing any real signs of problems or even node formation. The two GP's didn't see any "spurs" around my wrist bones either. I am using supplements (Arthro-Choice) that supposedly rebuild's cartilage...but isn't that a bit of a misnomer tho? As far as I understand it, if cartlage is gone, it's gone...which is why osteoarthritis is irreversable?