I had to stop taking Celebrex because it was causing stomache problems. VimolvoI gives the same relief but is formulated not to have an ill effect. I've taken it for two years with no problems.View Thread
I have heard from 2 ladies that taking cod liver oil 1 Tab in orange juice over a long period of time releaved their osteoarthritis pain. Has anyone else tried this? I am told to take it the first thing in the morning and to wait at least a month for resultsView Thread
I've been on Enbrel now for some time. For me, Enbrel injections were extremely painful. I discovered that they are painful for two reasons. The needles are thick and blunt and cause pain upon entry, and the medication itself is very painful when it enters your body so quickly. After switching from the auto injector to the prefilled syringe I discovered I could control the flow of medication and thereby greatly reduce the pain. I often take up to 2 minutes to complete the injection. Another added benefit is that if you inject yourself and find that you hit a nerve, you can remove the syringe and poke yourself somewhere else.
I have also discovered that the the needles used on these syringes are fat and blunt. They hurt. I have been using Becton Dickenson 1mL, 12.7mm, 30gauge insulin syringes. I remove the the plunger, place it in it's sanitary cap, inject the prefilled syringe into the barrel of the BD syringe, and barely place the plunger back on the BD syringe, being careful not to squeeze it out. Invert the BD syringe and tap the barrel to get the air up so you can squeeze the air out. The sharp, 30gauge syringe is absolutely painless. Half the time I don't even feel it.View Thread
Hello, I too pop my sternum. It just feels so good. But, as it feels better and better, the pain and need in my sternum gets greater and greater. So, I gave it up. At first, it was like a drug and I really wanted to keep popping it. I felt a dull throbbing in the middle of my sternum that just demanded popping. For months, I denied it. And after a few months, the need got less and less until I couldn't feel anything at all. Sometimes, when I sit at a computer for too long, a bit of that feeling of misalighnment returns, but, for me at least, the more I do it, the worse it feels. My advice, quit popping it like a bad habit. It'll take a long time for the pain to stop, but everytime you want to pop it, just say no. Good luck!!View Thread
both my hips needed to be replaced,, we did not know this for three to four years, we just thought the pain I had was due to my arthritis but in fact it was due to AVN,, I was basically walking on broken hips, my doc was amazed that I got around at all.. Tip,, do the do,, exercise in what ever manner you can but Do It.. I lost about 20 pounds prior to the surgeries,, one month appart,, and did what I could afterwards,, but do the do,, it took me longer than other people I knew who had the same surgery but,, I kept it up and now I can walk more than I have been able to do for over 6years,, DO THE DO,,,,, it will help in the long run,, God Bless,,View Thread
This would be my biggest tip and if I had been smart, many years ago, I would have done it myself. Although I must say that for many years I had no idea that it was OA causing my problems. I feel the Arthritis Foundation is very NEGLIGENT in informing the public of the red flags when you have OA. In my case, I was involved in a serious work accident and the years of pain I had afterwards I just thought were due to the accident. Of course now I know better. But that is another story in and of itself.
My tip is that for the person that has any type of degenerating disease, such as OA or RA, and have the type of job ( such as I did ) that basically depends on your health and strength. Look into a supplemental kind of insurance, such as Aflac, and start paying into it early as compared to later. I'm sure it is costly but seriously think about what you are going to do when down the road, you are no longer able to do that job. And in this economy, don't fool yourself into thinking that there are other "easier" jobs that you could do. The last job I had, which I also had to quit, I had to lie like a dog about my knee problems. Just to get my foot in the door. But back to the point, I am wishing I had something to fall back on during this period of waiting for my day in court for my disability claim. I guess there are those who are fortunate enough to have a spouse to help them out financially during this period but I don't have that. I would think I had hit the jackpot if I were able to get unemployment but that doesn't happen either. So, heed my words, take it upon yourself to plan for the future while your still working! We all know that arthritis doesn't disappear and go away - it only gets worse. And who is going to help you financially when you have lost all income? It's ironic to me how I got denied the SSI help because it was based on the spouses income and he doesn't give me a penny. I have been put in the position where I have to steal just to get dog food. Or anything else for that matter. Do some reading on the effects of a disability claim. People lose their homes, go bankrupt, divorce rate is high, and suicide rate is high. Be smarter than I was and be prepared!!View Thread
was digonosed O A in right knee,as per dr advice glucosomine and diacerein tab1500mg+etodolac600mg/day one...
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was digonosed O A in right knee,as per dr advice glucosomine and diacerein tab1500mg+etodolac600mg/day one tab.after ten tabs in continuation for ten days,fever,diarriah,sever head pain,feel weaknessand stopped the drugs and all these goes away. is it correctly diagnosed? if not right drug?View Thread
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I got Hyalgan injections in my knees for years, which helped put off getting a knee replacement. I got one injection in both knees, once a week, for five weeks. It usually lasts about six months. My insurance covered it totally. It makes it possible to be pain free and I could walk up steps without holding the rails. Last year, my right one got too bad, and I had to have a total knee replacement, now I am pain free in my right knee. I continue to get the injections in my left knee, and am doing great. I highly recommend Hyalgan injections. The doctor said it doesn't work for every one, but when you are in pain, I would try anything. It worked wonders for me.View Thread
evrhpfl, you wrote exactly what I would have liked to right. Unfortunatly, I do not have the knowledge you have to help "aprnrnc"'. I also have arthritis in both knees so I really "feel your pain." Good luck to all of us in such pain. Bless you all.View Thread
I recently tried horse liniment gel on my hands & knees & it helps me w/my pain. You can buy it at any feed store 12oz - $13.00 Buy the gel, ingredients are menthol & alcohol. Great Stuff!! Mild smell.View Thread
find that swimming at least 4 days a week sure helps my arthiritis, 6 days a week would be better, i have OA in my kneck and shoulders, wrists ,hands ,fingers , and knees, and this swimming does help me a lot , i use all my joints with this excersizeView Thread
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I just had knee replacement surgery on the 28th of February. Had other knee done 10 years ago with no problems. You absolutely must follow doctor orders and physical therapy procedures to the letter. Sure, the excercises are painful, but they do the trick. Confidence in your surgeon and your therapist is very important. Just with anything else, if you are willing to do the work, your knee will be great in no time. Unfortunately, your knee will not lift itself or bend without your help!! Keep a positive mental attitude and stop feeling sorry for yourself.View Thread
I'm 55 and have had osto for about 10 years. I use a cream called Valtaren works really great. I put it on first thing in the morning before I go to the gym. I cycle, yoga body pump and weights. If I don't put it on I am in so much pain. I have osto in my feet, elbows, hands, knees and hips so I really need the cream. I can feel it getting worse especilly in my hands, they really hurt. Some of my fingers are not so pretty. My grandmother had osto. Oh I also take Celebrex. Tried to go off and was in so much pain, I went back on. Thanks for the time, KarenView Thread
I was uncertain and quite frightened by the thought of having a total hip replacment for my osteoarthritic hips, the right being worse than the left. I also have slight OA in my spine. I am 53. After a MRI confirmed that I also had acetabular dysplasia of both hips, it seemed an operation was inevitable at some time in my life. I had been going to hydrotherapy in an effort to strengthen muscle and lose weight that I had gained in the last few years. I lost 12 kgs but the pain was not getting better. So I had a THR of my right hip. It is 8 weeks post-op now. There is obviously no more joint pain but there is still varying pain in my thigh at this stage. I wonder if it is because I had a hybrid replacement? The most "annoying" aspect is people being surprised that I had a THR at my age, saying that I am "too young", etc. OA may occur to anyone at any age, especially if there is a strong family history like mine. I am glad I had the operation.View Thread
have had an arthritic ankle since falling in a local mall. have been to several chiropractors who give modest relief. for the last six months have been swimming in a salt water pool and doing aquafit exercises; it seems to help somewhat; i am down to one from two 500 mg ibuprofen a day now when i get up
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I had my right knee replaced in Nov. 2007. Best move I ever made. Now the left knee is bone on bone, & am scheduling replacement for that one as well. The recovery is tough & you have to work throught the pain of therapy. However, the final result is FANTASTIC!!! I would have the surgery if I were in your shoes. Why keep putting off the inevitable?View Thread
About the only thing I can still do without an inordinate amount of pain is to ride the stationary bike. Over the past three months, I have ridden anywhere from 4 to 11 miles, depending on the day, how I was feeling, and how much time I had. I was also able to do some hand held weights, but had to be careful not to do any twisting exercises--just build up my arm and back musles, and a little of my abdominal muscles.View Thread
I have OA in both knees and am taking Idprofen perscribed by my doctor. I am extremely over weight and at one point could not even walk from my bed to the bathroom. I started out following a TV program on PBS called sit and be fit. It's 1/2 hour of exercise for people with limity mobility. I also started to eat healthier, more fruits and vegetables and added grains as well. After 5 months I have lost 20 lbs and can even walk down the length of my house about 40 feet, a major accomplishment. I still have a long way to go, but I find that I have more energy now. Sometimes I even choose to walk to the kitchen for simple things instead of taking my wheelchair, I still follow the program but not as many days, choosing to walk several times instead.View Thread
A bottle of Castor oil costs around $3.00 and lasts for months. Simply rub and massage the oil into the affected areas at bedtime, then wear socks to bed. It may take up tp two weeks, but relief will come. The oil absorbs into the skin and the only side effect I know of is super soft skin, including rough heels. It has even relieved bunion pain, blisters, etc. I also rub it into sore knees, and it ruly helps. Not a wonder drug, so takes a little time. Use it religously and you will be pleased.View Thread
I have had severe arthritis in my right foot for over 4 years now. In 2006, I had cortisone shots and they worked for awhile. Now I just use trameel. It is a prescription salve that is great. My podiatrist prescribed it for me.View Thread
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I had my right hip replaced 2-1/2 years ago at 56. I was in so much pain before and after the surgery. After the surgery was way different pain than before the surgery, after I healed I felt great. Shortly after I had my hip replaced, I found out I had osteoarthritis in both my knee's. I have more pain in my left knee, yet I still feel weakness in my right hip. My general doctor told me I should start seeing my doctor who preformed the surgery for more effective shots. I'm on general assistance for medical help and they only pay $10,000 for surgery. My hip replacement was over $90,000. I got help through the hospital but I not sure they will help me again. I can't bear the thought of waiting so long like I did before having the surgery. I also couldn't sit, lay down or walk without being in extreme pain. Good luck to all of you. It was nice reading your stories. DebView Thread
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