You might have taken part in our recent two-week Online Clinic on Arthritis & Pain Management, where we teamed up with Össur and Pharma Medico Limited, manufacturers of LithoLexal®. The clinic was kindly supported by Arthritis Action, the Institute of Osteopathy and National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.

Even if you did miss it, you might still benefit from the many questions that were asked by talkhealth members and the answers given by our five-member panel of experts.

Topics covered include pain management, lumber spinal senosis, fibromyalgia and foot, hand and head pain. Other people asked about back pain, being overweight, whether or not to keep exercising and knee replacements. Several specific queries related to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis were also raised, leading our panel to provide lots of valuable guidance.

So, if you’re currently experiencing one or more of these conditions, why not take a look at the discussions to see if any of them can help you – or, perhaps, someone you know (click on the link at the top of this post).

While everyone’s situation is unique, seeing your GP is always the first thing to do if you believe you have the symptoms of arthritis. They might refer you to a physiotherapist who, according to our experts, should be able to advise on mobility and the most appropriate exercise to do when suffering from arthritis.

Our online clinics, on which any questions are always answered by experienced medical professionals, are run to give additional support and, hopefully, relieve some of the huge burden on GP practices and the NHS.

Our team of five medical experts who took part in the arthritis and pain management clinic were: Consultant Rheumatologist Dr Sandeep Bawa, Chartered Physiotherapist Tracy Corbett, Health Expert & Author Wendy Green, Registered Chiropractor Stephen Kelly and Head of Professional Development for the Institute of Osteopathy and Fellowship with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Matthew Rogers.

Forums on talkhealth

talkhealth runs lots of different forums – all open every hour of the day all year round. You’ll find them all here. Feel free to share this link with anyone who might want to discuss another condition.

Upcoming online clinics

Our next online clinic will focus on prostate & testicular health, and it runs from Monday 5 to Friday 16 November.

You can see all our upcoming online clinics on our website.



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4 Responses to Assortment of arthritis and pain management questions answered in our online clinic

  1. Anyone have experience of this?

    I think my problems in my legs started four years ago, after spending a life incredibly fit (I am an ex-professional horse rider and still walked up to 10 miles per day) I started to get a sensation in my left thigh as if a few muscle fibres were tearing on lifting a heavy weight, the sensation would disappear as quickly as it arrived and left no symptoms or muscle weakness. This continued on for months until one day I ran down the stairs and tore an inch-and-a-half hole through the soleus, gastrocnemius and fascia of my left calf. I had extensive physio but continued to advise that my leg did not feel right but felt as if it would re-tear at any given moment. The doctors and the physio told me that I was wrong and that it was fine. I continued to walk until 19 months later and it re-tore, I also felt at the time that my right calf had also torn in the same place but on ultrasound the left showed the tear but the right showed nothing. I continued with physio until four months later when the leg tore again and then proceeded to get worse. At this time also my leg was a blueish colour and foot cold. Trying any type of rehabilitation immediately resulted in a setback until the same pain came in the right leg and I was on knee pads and crawling with not a good leg to stand on. To cut a long story short, after a succession of private medial tests and MRI scans I am still unable to walk any great length or at full speed. I now suffer with random pains in my thighs and legs, from the feelings of electric shocks to be kicked in the muscles, dull throbbing aches and tenderness. Also my left calf muscle has now deteriorated and my tendon is clearly visible but I have no diagnosis and have been advised that there will not be one forthcoming. Whether it’s related or not I don’t know but I’ve also had hair loss and scalp itch, again investigated, but told there will be no diagnosis so it continues on.
    I am desperate for help now, I’ve had MRI scans, blood tests, a needle pushed into my muscles to determine the electrical activity, an electrical current held on each nerve, checked out by the vascular surgeon and also my back checked but all drew a blank. The specialists all proclaim that they have never seen the like as all the way through I have held on to full muscle power. Even the pain specialist had never seen it.
    All thoughts and experiences are welcome.
    Thank you in advance.

    on December 12, 2018 at 10:52 am Lucy

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