Wandering Thoughts

January 27, 2010


Filed under: Reactive Arthritis — terence @ 5:45 am

I got my x-ray results yesterday. The bad news is that my hips are damaged. Mechanically damaged as opposed to just inflamed (although the damage is a product of the inflammation). So I guess I get to keep my limp. Though how bad it would be if I ever got the inflammation under control I don’t know. Nor do I know what it means really. The end of any chance of being able to walk long distances again? A problem for surfing? A replacement down the track? Or maybe just an inconvenience should I rid myself of the underlying problem.

The good news on the other hand, is that my spine doesn’t seem to be fusing together at any significant rate yet. This – for all the reasons which spring to mind when you hear the words: spine, fusing, together – is something to celebrate.


  1. Sorry to hear about the hip damage… but you totally can pull off the ambulatory stablisation device look anyway. ;)

    And brilliant news on the lack of spinal fusation. I did tense up slightly when reading those three words together.

    Comment by Nikki — January 27, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

  2. Thanks Nikki,

    Hopefully the hip won’t be too bad and I am definitely happy about the spine results…

    Comment by terence — January 28, 2010 @ 5:15 am

  3. These things are all relative aren’t they – any cause for celebration is good! So, commiserations for the one and congratulations for the other, to you.

    Comment by PC — January 28, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

  4. Hi, found your blog googling reactive arthritis. I am a Kiwi surfer too, and got diagnosed with RA after picking up a bug in Thailand swimming in 2001.

    I have just had to give up surfing because the pain is so bad and looks like I have to get a joint replacement in my wrist.

    I’d be really interested in hearing how you are going and more about who you saw in Melbourne (I am in QLD) and the antibiotic therapy.


    Comment by Niki — July 13, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

  5. Hi Niki,

    Sorry to hear about your experiences with Reactive Arthritis. And sorry to hear you’ve had to give up surfing. Hopefully that’s only temporarily – I’ve spent a lot of time out of the water over the last few years, but have (to date) eventually always been able to get back into the water. Here’s hoping it will be the same with you. Either later today, or over the next few days, I’ll send an email to your Hotmail email address (the one you used when submitting your blog comment). In that email I’ll give you some more details about treatment options. If you’d rather I used a different email address, just submit another blog comment with that email address entered into the appropriate field.



    Comment by terence — July 14, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

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