I'm 69 and have been in a wheelchair full time since Jan. 2001. In 2005 I became one of the 20% for whom Medicare approves power wheelchairs. I had developed, quoting the hand specialist I saw, "severe osteoarthritis" in both hands, especially in the base of my thumbs. The diagnosis was based in part on an ultrasound scan of my hands. Even the administering tech remarked on how my thumbs "lit up" I was told manual wheelchair users tend to develop after about 12 years or so, and my symptoms first became noticeable in about 2013. Last summer I got into phone games and my left hand (non dominant) became very painful. Physical therapy sessions with iontophoresis of something and ultrasound relieved the pain. I now take 500 mg acetaminophen daily. The pain is greatly reduced. What I have noticed is a bit of loss of strength and perhaps fine motor control. But I don't feel seriously impaired.
in 2012, when I was 62, after 6 hours in an MRI (for unrelated issues) "arthritic changes" were diagnosed in my lower back. I was prescribed a high dose of gabapentin, but I question its effectiveness. It may well be that because I have no feeling below the rib cage, except along the lumbar vertebrae, that the gabapentin makes no difference.
I have learned that spinal arthritis is almost a normal condition of aging caused by deterioration of the spinal discs.
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