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Hello everyone,

Being diagnosed with osteoarthritis can take some time depending on what symptoms you have, your doctor and your ability to attend frequent medical appointments. 

How long did your diagnosis take? Were you surprised? 

Beginning of the discussion - 6/19/19

How long did it take for your diagnosis?
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It took me four long years :/ I went to about three different doctors, it was very frustrating.

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I started in 2012 with my GP telling me I had fybromialgia.  

It wasnt, I was massively vitamin D deficient. I had to ask for this blood test !.

That then caused osteopenia, now I have osteoarthritis.  

Last dexa showed hip bones like a honeycomb sweet and it's in my right hip,neck and femur . 

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My GP looked at my fingers and said you have Osteo arthritis. That was a few years ago. When I had problems with my knees a year ago I had an X-ray from which I was told I had Osteo arthritis grade severe and when it got too bad they would refer me to a specialist. I haven't been offered pain relief or injections and no one has looked at my knees. I am now finding walking very difficult, going up and down stairs etc difficult and I am on the waiting list for knee replacement.

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@Hidden username 

I was under a specialist for many years who, because of my age when symptoms arose (18) thought i was making them up... i have mild scoliosis, tilted pelvis so constant bruised pain and inflammation, cervical spondylosis... diagnosed with osteoarthritis 10 years ago ( i am now 51) and 3 years ago costochondritis which affects my asthma.

I knew from the age of 15 I had issues but no one believed me!!!!

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I was lucky, my doctor sent me for an xray , on the results of that he referred me to the Rheumatology department. All in all it took about six months. I had problems long before going to doctor, so my advice to others is don't wait too long,

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I suffer with muscle spasms in lower back which is still painful. I requested help with either xrays or massage. The doctor referred me for Physio.

I tried physio for 6 weeks which made it worse and told them to report back to the doctor that it wasn't effective. In the meantime, I explained epilepsy medications and HRT were known to cause bone deterioration.

Once the report was received by the Doctor, I was sent for a Dexa scan in November 2018 which picked up both Osteoporosis and Osteopenia. 

The process in total took approximately 3 months. 

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Thank you all for sharing! It seems that age an play a big part in the efficiency of being diagnosed.

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From start to finish, baring in mind I was only told by a locum last week, about 4 years in all. 

I was told that it could be but never confirmed until last week 

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@Hidden username Thanks for sharing, I am glad that you finally got diagnosed and can work on managing and improving your condition. Have the doctors suggested and medication or treatment for you? don't forget that you can use our medications unit to see what other members have to say about certain medication, we even have a system of evaluation :) You can access it by clicking HERE.