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Old 12-01-2018, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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Hello All,
so the title says it all. what do you find the work best for your aches and pains.
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Old 12-01-2018, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Advil or aspirin. But don't use aspirin if you must take multiple doses a day. I still love aspirin and use it for most all temporary aches and pains.
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Old 12-01-2018, 04:16 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Hello All,
so the title says it all. what do you find the work best for your aches and pains.
Well, there are two basic types of OTC analgesics: aspirin/ibuprofen (NSAIDS) and acetaminophen. They relieve pain in different ways. NSAIDS reduce nerve ending irritation (that produces pain) and acetaminophen affects how the brain detects/recognizes pain (so it's still there, you are just less aware of it). NSAIDS are harder on your stomach so that may matter for you. I use aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen depending on other meds I might be using at the moment. Some offer time-release formulas but in my limited experience I haven't found they actually work that much better. Sometimes lower dosages more often are more effective. I don't tend to have stomach issues so have the choice.

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Old 12-01-2018, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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OP: What seems to help me the most is ibuprofen, every 6 hrs. And to that I often add an supplement called Pain RX. I don't love the ibuprofen as I know there is plenty of damage that can be done from taking it.

While I was having Prolo for my knee, the D.O. preached to get off ibuprofen and his injections got me off ibuprofen and then when I urged him for the 5th injection and ended up with a staph infection and all the mess I've been thru, here I am back worse off and on ibp.

I also take and tried a lot of arthritic/joint building supplements, and magnesium of course.

We're all different, live with varying degrees of arthritis and as I've said a lot, I'm not rushing to do another replacement.

Always take ibuprofen with food in my stomach, always.

I use many topicals and find too essential oils for pain do help and again depending on how advanced issues are, they can help a lot or less.
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Old 12-01-2018, 05:23 PM
 
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Is this an as needed medication or a daily every day for the rest of your life medication? If as needed I’d stick with ibuprofen or Tylenol (you can even do both at the same time) but if it’s daily I would y’all to your doctor to figure out the safest option for long term use. Celebrex may be an option and is generally gentler on your GI system than other nsaids but requires a prescription.
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Old 12-01-2018, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Is this an as needed medication or a daily every day for the rest of your life medication? If as needed Id stick with ibuprofen or Tylenol (you can even do both at the same time) but if its daily I would yall to your doctor to figure out the safest option for long term use. Celebrex may be an option and is generally gentler on your GI system than other nsaids but requires a prescription.
I believe Celebrex is similar to or close to the drug Vioxx which was taken off the market not long after it came on the scene. I have never taken it and fear it also, and cost for me is prohibitive. I took a pharma drug back in the 80's for inflammation and it gave me a stomach ulcer, nope.
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Old 12-01-2018, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Forest bathing
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I take Move Free, plus I avoid dairy products and soy. These seem to help.
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Old 12-01-2018, 06:28 PM
 
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for me, a combination of topical arnica gel or oils and magnesium cream bring significant relief and mobility. 200c Arnica pillules dissolved under the tongue bring amazing relief, too.

as well, I use a TENS unit … sometimes every evening for 20 minutes, sometimes twice a day. But I've been able to get by without using it lately for two weeks. The TENS unit was cheap … $25 at Walgreens and I've only had to replace the gel pads with another 6-pack from Walgreens after many months of use. Still on the original batteries now after 8 months of use.

there will be, no doubt … naysayers on this forum who will gladly tell us that what I'm doing "cannot work". I don't know why it does, just that the routine does work quite well for me. What works for me and for them are not necessarily the same thing.

I prefer to not use NSAID's (which caused me a pyloric ulcer despite using them in moderation and always with food in my stomach), and ibp puts me at risk for liver damage, no thanks. YMMV.

PS: you might also want to investigate "celery juicing". A recent issue of Well Being Journal featured an article on this regimen and I started it (16 oz first thing in the AM) 5 weeks ago. What got my attention was that the RA folk also recommend using the celery juice. Do a web search, read up on this and satisfy yourself as to whether or not it may be worth trying. A key aspect is the anti-inflammatory aspects of the celery juice. So far, for me, the results are noticeable and my fingers are working more freely with a greater range of pain-free motion than I've had in years. I've not needed the Arnica is weeks. Again, YMMV.

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Old 12-02-2018, 09:56 AM
 
Location: equator
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Alcohol and Xanax. But then I'll be trading arthritis relief for a failed liver. What to do, what to do....
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:00 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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A lot of NSAID's are toxic to the liver and kidneys when taken regularly for a chronic condition, over a long period. Even Tylenol.
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