Hey Joey311. Yea I have bone damage in a lot of joints. Mine started with JRA diagnosed at 15. It tore through my body as I was still growing causing problems. Then around 25-27 the doctors estimated it was done in my system and around 30-32 bursitis took over.
I was hard on my body pushing myself physically all the time through the pain. (i would get mad that I was in pain and push harder) my parents said never tell anyone about my condition. So knobody knew and could not let it show so I did things to show I was "greater then pain free" (make sence?)
Now 50 With all the JRA damage, bursitis, DDD, DJD. Years of punishing abuse. I already had to have my left hip pulled apart and re grinded to fit better. Looking at possibly 2 knee replacments next year (have had 3 surgeries on each one. They won't do any more for fear of failed knee surgeries. Were trying steroid injections under the knee cap. It is not working to well) And other joints when they were in there surgically they have tried cleaning up damage and reshaping to fit better.
I have joint damage from bursitis, OA, and DDD in my spine, fingers, knees and now elbow. I started taking a product suggested by my orthopedic neurologist. It's called Cosamin ASU, and I have had slight improvement in my knees and fingers so far. Mine started in my early 30's and I'm 55 now. I'll have my 4th cervical fusion surgery May 19th, with C3 to T1 solidly fused. I wonder if that's gonna make me a "stiff neck?" 😉 Lol, that's what my generation's parents called snobby people, or at least where I grew up. I'm not making light of anyone's pain. I just like to find ways to laugh, so I hope you can laugh with me. And I hope you can truly find ways to better ease your pain! Hugs love and prayers! 🙂💕🙏🌼
Joey311, I have facet issues at C2-C3 we thought would be next but C7-T1 started acting up without relief. Luckily he says we can do it though the front, anterior cut. I'd they had to cut posteriorly (through my back of neck) they'd be cutting through muscles, tendons and ligaments which takes much longer to get over. That's the one upside to having a long "giraffe" neck! Lol But it's also the cause of so much disc issues in the neck, like balancing a baseball on a toothpick he said. Hopefully the rest of my spine will hold up, even with the OA & DDD.
I forgot!! Lol. When they did my neck they did it through the back of the neck. However when I was under sedation they screwed in the halo and when they flipped me over onto the operating table the halo was not screwed in properly and sliced my head open in all 4 spots so they had to first stitch me up with stiches and then proceed to refasten the halo to start the procedure.
The doc came out after and told my wife that the procedure on my neck went perfect. But they had a little problem before the operation and that I was ok. (he explained it all) when I woke up I was in my room and my head all bandaged up. I was scared at what was going on. I thought they did brain surgery on me!!! My wife was there and calmed me down and explained what had happened. Lol