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Old 11-07-2011, 08:19 PM
 
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Good advice by Jukesgrrl. I was very active in sports all the way through college (I moderate the football forum)and also recovered from a nasty car wreck from 1971. I've been arthritic since the mid 70's. and have needed both knees and the left hip replaced for years;actually the better half of a couple decades. A few years ago I decided to hell with the pills and the cortisone shots (had plenty of them too). Chondroitin/MSM helps, medium exercise helps, water aerobics helps. Even just getting up out of the chair and walking down to the mailbox every other hour or so helps. No more Ibuprofen 800, no more Vicodin. No more stomach problems. No more.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:06 PM
 
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A long hot soak with Epsom salts will help any muscle spasms due to favoring a hip or knee. Or wring out a hand towel in hot water/Epsom salts and lay it over the sore area.

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Old 11-07-2011, 09:33 PM
 
Location: SWUS
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Only takes 800mg or so to start damaging your liver on a lot of these things, especially if you drink as well. just be careful.
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Nevada
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My husband was taking 800mg twice a day of Ibruprofen for 3 mnths. He then got 3 bad stomach ulcers, Gastritis. He needs to take something as he suffers from arthritis.

He tried fish oil, he is not overweight, he eats very healthy. Yet he is in pain.

currently he is taking Tylenol 3 with codeine only when needed. Problem with that is its binds him up bad, even if taken with high fiber.

Isnt mobic easier on the liver and stomach?
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Old 11-08-2011, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Keep in mind that stronger muscles help take the pressure off arthritic joints.
Suitable excercise is very important.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:39 AM
 
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PhxBarb wrote:
OK, so what natural remedies do you have for pain? And I mean real arthritic pain that makes me want to do nothing but sit in a chair and vegetate. If not tylenol, then what? I have degenerative arthritis, a bulging disc, a cyst on my lumber spine, scoliosis, and other maladies that leech the calcium from my bones. Just what do you suggest for this?
Kratom works wonders for me. In addition to pain relief it also provides a very delightful mood lift and serves as an effective sleep aid as well. But do be cautious with kratom...there are many vendors selling bogus, ineffective kratom for ridiculous prices. Upon request, I can give you a list of reputable vendors who sell high quality kratom at very affordable prices.
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Thanks everyone for your help !!! I will try the Schiff meds as soon as I can get to the drugstore. I do exercise by walking the dogs, gardening, cleaning the house (its up for sale), but by nighttime, I do ache alot and its hard to sleep comfortably. Am wondering if a hip or knee replacement is a good thing or not ?? My pain is on the left side (hip, knee, sciatica) and if I could replace this side, I would be great ! What is Kratom? That is one I never heard of. Yes, please do send me info about it. Am willing to try anything at this point. Its ridiculous. My mother is 101 and in excellent health. What did I do wrong???
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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Can only tell you that for my daughter a hip replacement was a blessing. Not easy to do, a lot of down time, but she did all the PT and is sooo happy she had it done. Pain is gone!
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Catonsville, MD
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Ibuprofen and advil almost killed my mom last year, and have left her in a nursing home for the remainder of her life. She was in rehab recovering from an intestinal blockage and not eating. The nurses were not monitoring her food intake, but were giving her the maximum amount of ibuprofen for her arthritic back. One night she vomited blood all night long (and nobody came in to check on her.) By the time she was rushed to the ER, her blood pressure was 50/35. Somehow, she survived and they found a bleeding duodenal ulcer. They did not expect her to survive the surgery the next day, but she did. She was in the hospital for 5 weeks dealing with the ramifications of the bleeding ulcer. We cannot know for sure the NSAIDS were the culprit, but she had been taking them 3-4 times per day for at least 10 years. She is now in a nursing home with a colostomy (she had more complications a few weeks after the ulcer surgery.) She will never leave the nursing home. While she is elderly (83,) she had been living independently prior to the intestinal blockage, ulcer and other complications last year.

I now only take NSAIDS a few times a week for arthritis pain.
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Nevada
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Asprin & Ibruprofin date way back, very old drugs! You would think that by now almost 2012 that there would be many Anti-inflam drugs that have no side effects, especially on the GI system.


Tylenol is like candy, yet it will destroy your liver.

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