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    I have had both knees and a hip replaced due to degenerative arthritis. The doc says I inherited it and it's in all my joints. I have been having trouble with my left shoulder and the chiropractor tells me he can't help me so I have to go to a specialist to have it looked at. My right shoulder joint is just bearly in place with one tendon holding it. I am just so frustrated and tired of joint problems. I ask the doc what to do to not have these problems and he say to die- not a good option.Thanks so much for any reply.

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    First of all, this so called Doctor that told you to die, is a jerk......Go to a neurologist, if you haven't done so already...There are lots of medications, exercises, ect., things that can be done to help you manage your pain....I have arthritis, but mine is mostly injury related, and it can be quite painful, but I'm nowhere what you are going through....I wish you the best, keep the faith...

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    go and get a 2nd opinion

    Quote Originally Posted by linda701
    I have had both knees and a hip replaced due to degenerative arthritis. The doc says I inherited it and it's in all my joints. I have been having trouble with my left shoulder and the chiropractor tells me he can't help me so I have to go to a specialist to have it looked at. My right shoulder joint is just bearly in place with one tendon holding it. I am just so frustrated and tired of joint problems. I ask the doc what to do to not have these problems and he say to die- not a good option.Thanks so much for any reply.

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    You can report him to the medical society. Even anonymously, it will get attention. I think it is called 'The Hippocratic Oath" - First do no harm.

    Personally, I would have stood there screaming and the nurses and office people would have run in to see what was the matter.

    The first thing to say to an ignorant comment is "OUCH!" then scream.

    Huggs from me, Quilter68

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    Linda, I am very sorry you have to deal with so many physical issues, and the pain that goes along with them. You are not alone. I wish I had answers for you, but it sounds like heredity is causing your issues and there isn't a way for you not to have the problems you do. Gentle hugs, hang in there.

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    I hope you told him where to put it, that is so rude of a Dr a professional to say to anyone!!! and yes get a second opinion

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    Sorry you are having such painful problems.

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    First, go to see another specialist. Chiropractors can be great but their scope is limited. For any complex issues you need to see an orthopedist, better yet see if you can find a shoulder specialist orthopedist in your area.

    Secondly, you can file a formal complaint with the American Medical Association (AMA) against that physician. I had to do that years ago for the HORRIBLE bedside manner a surgeon had with my Mom. That formal complaint is still on his record today.

    Good luck on getting your medical need attended to the right way!

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    Second opinion is in order. You should file a complaint again that doctor. I am sorry he was so insensitive but maybe you can keep that from happening to someone else. Good wishes coming your way!

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    I'm sorry that you are having such problems.

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    Have you been to that doctor before? If so, was he decent-polite-considerate then?

    It was a flippant sounding remark - but for some things, unfortunately, there is no cure. About the best one can hope for is pain management/relief.

    I hope you can get some relief for your problems. Another physician may be more sympathetic.

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    2nd opn is really needed....there are so many ways that you can be helped. Please see another dr.

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    I really feel sorry to hear about your pain. The doctor sounds like a jerk. I've been to that kind before-in fact, 2 told me that my foot was hopeless, and that I could plan on being in a wheel chair eventually because of it. Found the right surgeon, and the foot isn't perfect, but I'm walking and it is so much better. Keep looking til you find the right one. You might also want to consider accupuncture-it does work for joint pain.

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    Please get a second opinion, there are things you can do to increase your comfort and extend the life of a damaged joint like medications and therapies. I'm sorry your doctor was kind of a jerk. You might consider telling him his remark wasn't terribly funny and that it upset you. Some people think they are being funny when they are a long way from it.

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    Don't you dare take that from that rude, inconsiderate quack! How very unprofessional! Of course, I am looking at it with totally different eyes - not having the pain and constant agony you have. So please listen to all your friends here and seek another opinion. I will keep you in my prayers.

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    Are you taking supplements? I have a lot of arthritis in my knees and back, and supplements do seem to help prevent additional deterioration. My knees got bad fairly quickly, but a combination of calcium citrate, glucosamine chondroitin, and vitamin D seems to have halted the deterioration. I did not get this info from my doctor! Did it on my own after researching on the internet.

    I should add that my problems all seem to be osteo-arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a completely different animal. A good friend was diagnosed with severe RA 20 years ago. When the doctor told her the medication she needed to take "rarely" caused blindness, she decided to try a naturopathic route instead. She has been able to control her RA by means of diet ever since then. She still has RA, but has not been crippled by it.

    Isn't all arthritis degenerative? I'm wondering what kind you have.

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    R U kidding?? just die?? You need to find a real dr asap. (was he being cold/mean, or is he kind of dry witted?!?) On the DR Oz website if you look around, theres a page where you can put in where you live and get info on Drs of all kinds in all parts of the country. My MIL is moving form WNY to VT and she needs a heart Dr and a upperGI Dr- shes having problems with the ones she now has and doesnt want referrals from them.

    I know how bad it feels to have joint problems - it runs in my family, too.
    I cant afford to replace anything - absolutely no ins/cash and I dont use care/caid. Had been taking aleve, rubbing w/ heat creams of all kinds, using heating pad. tried exercise, different shoes (to help my knees), wrist wraps.
    With a bad shoulder be very careful not to lift things that are too heavy or jerk something up to lift it if you aren't sure how much it weighs. Maybe even bending over your sewing machine too long could make the problem worse. Using my machine bothers my left elbow and right foot of all things lol. sharet

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    You don't say if this is a GP or a specialist. If you aren't already, you need to see a Rheumatologist. I have SLE as well as Psoriatic Arthritis, which is to say the least sometimes crippling. You need to establish exactly what form of arthritis you have and be prescribed with drugs that will improve your quality of life. I understand perfectly how you feel about your Dr's comment. I go to an excellent Rheumatologist, but his "bedside manner" is non-existent, fortunately I'm a thick-skinned old boiler and tell him he's taking liberties if he is rude. These days I even sometimes raise a smile. Hang in there and don't give up.

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    You may have a hereditary tendency towards arthritis, but that does NOT mean you are doomed!

    Not only did he make a tasteless attempt at a joke, but any doctor who says nothing can be done when he hasn't even tried anything isn't worth his license.

    Go see a rheumatologist.

    Meanwhile, much of the pain from arthritis is due to joint inflammation. Besides anti-inflammatory medications, you can structure your diet to minimize inflammation-causing foods.

    One folk cure that has been known to help is apple cider vinegar. Bragg's really does seem to be more effective than, say, Heinz. You put a tablespoonful in enough warm-hot water to make 1 cup and drink it down. Do this 2 - 4 times a day, and you should feel an improvement in a few days. Keep taking it, and you'll feel better as time goes on.

    Once you get some of the pain gone, you need to exercise to build up the surrounding muscles. I'm not saying strenuous exercise, but stretches to keep your range of motion, weightlifting (you can use soup cans if you don't want to use dumbbells) to build the muscles, and walking as you're able. Strong muscles will support the joints, which will make them less painful.

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    Was the dr trying to be funny ? Just came off rude and didn't mean to ! ? I have chronic pain so know how frustrating it can be. Good luck and God bless

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    First of all,let me just say that you are an amazing person just because you have not given up. You could go to bed and feel sorry for yourself, but you have chosen to do something about your pain. I am sorry that you have to go through so much pain. I know there are many that can relate to you. I know I can on a smaller scale. Quality of life is important. After you get that shoulder looked at you may want to consider something my chiropractor suggested to me. I started going to an aqua arthritis class at the local fitness center. Wow, Did that help my back problems. Once I got over the "going to the pool" obstacle (I once almost drowned and have a fear of water) I discovered relief from pain and a huge improvement in quality of life. Just a suggestion. Hope and pray you will find relief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatStarter
    Linda, I am very sorry you have to deal with so many physical issues, and the pain that goes along with them. You are not alone. I wish I had answers for you, but it sounds like heredity is causing your issues and there isn't a way for you not to have the problems you do. Gentle hugs, hang in there.
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    Well said by Linda. Ditto and will keep you in my prayers.

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    Get a second opinion. Ditch that doctor.

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    I agree with everyone else-get a second opinion and change doctors from that jerk. Although your problems may be heredity, I'm sure that the right medications and exercises can make your life a lot more bearable. Hugs to you.

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    You are not alone..I've had spinal surgery, knee replacement, mastectomy, carpal tunnel surgery on left wrist and a shoulder replacement following a fall on ice. I told my husband on our 50th anniversary he had half a new woman with the knee, breast and shoulder surgeries all on my right side. the left knee needs an over haul but I'm putting it off since my husband is dealing with a serious health issue.

    A second opinion from an orthopedic surgeon may be helpful ..But I have found keep moving is helpful. My internist and orthopedic surgeon both suggested water exercise. Doing a workout in water takes the weight stress off the joints and really helps with strength and relief. I was afraid of water (near drowning incident in childhood) and my kids were really surprised I enjoy the sessions (classes) 2 x a week at our local health center pool. Remembering you in prayers.

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