- CASE FILE
44 year old woman suffering from osteoarthritis in multiple joints. Had 4 surgeries over the last 7 years with knee replacement recently.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I am a 44 year old mother of two. I am physically active participating in Crossfit for several years. Around the age of 36 I started to have joint pain in my left shoulder. I did physical therapy, cortisone injections with no relief. At the age of 37 I had my AC Joint repaired in my left shoulder, two years later started experiencing the same pain in the right shoulder and had that AC Joint repaired. At that time my surgeon told me my right shoulder would need to be replaced completely sometime in my 40's. At the age of 42 I had decompression osteotomy on my left foot. After this surgery my bones were not healing properly and my arthritis got into my foot and have not had relief at all in the foot. My podiatrist said that I would either need a joint replacement in the foot or a fusion. I have always experienced joint pain in my knees and had MRI's which showed osteoarthritis in both knees. Over the last couple of years I have had physical therapy, cortisone injections, gel injections with no relief. In April 2019 I received a partial joint replacement in the right knee and am currently doing physical therapy for this. The healing process for this surgery was both mentally and physically taxing. I was told that my left knee would probably have to be done in the future also.
I have been to my family physician, several orthopedic surgeons and rheumatologists trying to figure out why my ailments have taken over so many of my joints, so quickly. Most responses I receive are you just have bad genes. I have been tested several times for the basic autoimmune diseases with everything coming back negative. I have been on several arthritis medications, with no relief. My pain affects my daily life, it is hard to walk long distances, walk my dogs, and even run or throw a ball with my children. I also work as a supervisor at an elementary school where I am required to be on my feet for several hours and active with the kids. I work through the pain and try to stay as active as my body will allow me. But would like to have relief to be able to be the active 44 year old that I feel I am.