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Walking With Facet Joint Osteoarthritis

jsalt

Jill
Past OR future Camino
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
This is a long shot, but thought I’d ask anyway. Is there anyone on this forum who also suffers this condition? I can move this thread to personal messaging if preferred. I’m not looking for medical information, just a support group. Thank you for any replies.
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Not that kind of osteoarthritis no, and bad luck for having developed it. 🤒
 

el guapo 123

El guapo
Past OR future Camino
2014 2016 2018
This is a long shot, but thought I’d ask anyway. Is there anyone on this forum who also suffers this condition? I can move this thread to personal messaging if preferred. I’m not looking for medical information, just a support group. Thank you for any replies.
Jill
Hi Jill yes I was diagnosed with this condition but I am using exercise to ease the pain. Won’t stop me doing another Camino probably Sept 2021
 

lt56ny

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2021
I googled this and found these resources:





These sights may offer you some help and direction. Good luck.
 
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jsalt

Jill
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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Hi Jill yes I was diagnosed with this condition but I am using exercise to ease the pain. Won’t stop me doing another Camino probably Sept 2021

Thanks for replying. What exercises do you do?
 
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Jill
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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
I told the specialist I’m a camino addict (I had to explain this), and that I like to go to Spain every year, just me and my pack, and walk a thousand kilometres, from village to village. This was to his question of how often do I get the pain in my lower back. I told him I am mostly fine on the camino, and he said Good! Don’t Give It Up! He thinks my pack is probably keeping my back straight, and giving support to the lumbar region. Exercise is good. Just thought I’d mention this in case anybody else stumbles across this thread when googling Can I Still Walk With Facet Joint Osteoarthritis. I’ve done a lot of googling . . .
 

jsalt

Jill
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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Just found this! Thank you, @jsalt & @madhurivivit ! Helps so much to be able to put names and possible treatments to this problem! Love your doc's reply, Jill!
Buen Camino!

Thank you for your response🙂. I have discovered, as @el guapo 123 said, that exercises help😃. The neuro surgeon sent me to biokinetics🤔. Twice a week for an hour each time, until I learnt how to do the exercises properly at home. I still go once a week for maintenance and motivation. It has made me so much more confident. I have also had the cortisone injections😨, which stops the pain, which enables me to exercise to strengthen the muscles around the central core that supports the spine. I am booked on the camino with some supportive hiking buddies in April next year, and we’re hiking locally as much as we can. Just hanging in there.
 
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OTH86

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2017
Again, thanks for this, @jsalt ! So far, stretches, yoga, recumbent bike, and a couple of ankle, hip, and back adjustments, have helped. A few years ago, I was having arthritic pains + bursitis, and was given a cortisone shot for the bursitis. It seemed to take care of the other pains - but I don't remember for how long. Possibly for almost a year. I DO like your philosophy that reducing the pains could help get the exercise needed to strengthen the supportive muscles! Thanks for that! Best of luck, Jill.
 
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jsalt

Jill
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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
I DO like your philosophy that reducing the pains could help get the exercise needed to strengthen the supportive muscles!

I was waiting to get a (first) appointment with the neuro surgeon (he is SO busy), BUT, in the meantime I was in so much pain that my husband managed to get me to the hospital, in the middle of Covid (which was a mission unto itself) for the cortisone injections. So by the time I got to see the specialist I was fine again – for a while. RIGHT, he said, NOW you do core exercises while you are pain free – and when the pain kicks in again, he said, we’ll look at a rhizotomy. Google it.
 

jsalt

Jill
Past OR future Camino
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
NOW you do core exercises while you are pain free – and when the pain kicks in again, he said, we’ll look at a rhizotomy. Google it.

The cortisone injections have worn off, and the pain returned. I am scheduled for the rhizotomy procedure in two days time. Anyone else here had that done? Anything I should know?

I so much want to get on that plane to Spain in January - covid I can cope with!
 

Faye Walker

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CF 2014, CF 2018, CP 2019 from Coimbra
The cortisone injections have worn off, and the pain returned. I am scheduled for the rhizotomy procedure in two days time. Anyone else here had that done? Anything I should know?

I so much want to get on that plane to Spain in January - covid I can cope with!
Haven't done it.
Please report back to us!
And very good wishes for your procedure and result.
I have this form of arthritis in my thoracic, lumbar and sacral spine.
All my physician says is "Everyone your age has this...." but my god, if I mis-step on a down-step, or have inadequate support in a sofa (at my mother's for example) the pain feels like I've been hit with an electric bat when I try to move...
And then there are the sleep disruptions.
And this is why I am planning the Norte for later this spring... do it now, while I still have some hills left in me, before I can no longer carry my pack...

Edit: in general, Canadians do not have access to this surgical route unless we are in danger of losing mobility and are very young, or are professionals who rely on our bodies for our income (think: dancers, athletes). Others might still benefit from the information.
 
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el guapo 123

El guapo
Past OR future Camino
2014 2016 2018
Haven't done it.
Please report back to us!
And very good wishes for your procedure and result.
I have this form of arthritis in my thoracic, lumbar and sacral spine.
All my physician says is "Everyone your age has this...." but my god, if I mis-step on a down-step, or have inadequate support in a sofa (at my mother's for example) the pain feels like I've been hit with an electric bat when I try to move...
And then there are the sleep disruptions.
And this is why I am planning the Norte for later this spring... do it now, while I still have some hills left in me, before I can no longer carry my pack...

Edit: in general, Canadians do not have access to this surgical route unless we are in danger of losing mobility and are very young, or are professionals who rely on our bodies for our income (think: dancers, athletes). Others might still benefit from the information.
I have considered all these options for my debilitating facet joint arthritis and despite excruciating pain taking the Napoleon way three years ago (thank you hospitaleros for your help and concern in Roncevalles) I am prepared to soldier on for the Aragones Camino next May. I will walk til I cannot walk any longer and my heart goes out to those in a similar condition. Buen Camino.
 
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jsalt

Jill
Past OR future Camino
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
I was all prepped to go into hospital at 6am tomorrow morning, but it has all been postponed due to an emergency that needs my theatre slot. My op has been postponed to 11 January.

My grandson’s flight from the UK to here has been cancelled as we’re red listed again. Won’t see him now for another year. That’s my pain-free family Xmas ruined.

Finding life a bit challenging at the moment, but realize that others have it far worse. Just needed to cry on someone’s shoulder – thanks for listening. I’ll feel better tomorrow.
 

Faye Walker

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
CF 2014, CF 2018, CP 2019 from Coimbra
I was all prepped to go into hospital at 6am tomorrow morning, but it has all been postponed due to an emergency that needs my theatre slot. My op has been postponed to 11 January.

My grandson’s flight from the UK to here has been cancelled as we’re red listed again. Won’t see him now for another year. That’s my pain-free family Xmas ruined.

Finding life a bit challenging at the moment, but realize that others have it far worse. Just needed to cry on someone’s shoulder – thanks for listening. I’ll feel better tomorrow.
Oh... H-e-double-hockey sticks and hot-spit (as my aunt used to say).
Very sorry to hear this.
 

Paladina

old woman of the roads
Past OR future Camino
CF, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles etc (2018), Mozarabe etc (2019), tbc (2020)
I'm sorry to hear of your last-minute cancellation, and it's probably not much consolation to you right now that your donated slot may be making the recipient's life much easier. I hope you really will feel better tomorrow and that you'll enjoy a pain-free celebration a little later than anticipated.
 

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