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Old 04-10-2014, 03:54 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Where do you think treatment is heading for osteoarthritis? I'm going to hang on to Naproxen and Cortisone as long as I can till hopefully something better than replacement and fusion come along.
Do you have it in your knee(s)? I had the Synvisc-One injections. I had some relief for a short period. Now, I'm waiting on knee replacement (as soon as I recover from some unrelated surgery complications).

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Old 04-11-2014, 01:19 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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I do too. In both my big toes. Doc thought I had Gout for a while and I did test positive for it but after a couple months of meds I haven't had any problems. Lucky for me I don't eat the foods most often associated with it, except asparagus. The arthritis does bother me at times because I'm on my feet all day and when I was waitressing it was a real pain. Literally. I need good shoes too. Was thinking about buying them at a sporting goods store. Need suggestions...
Or nurses' shoes. Those white tennis-shoe-looking ones.
Oh, you know what I mean
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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This is just a note about arthritis that there are many new and successful medications to consider in controlling inflammation and pain. If you have not checked in with your doctor about these treatments you may want to.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Waterville
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This is just a note about arthritis that there are many new and successful medications to consider in controlling inflammation and pain. If you have not checked in with your doctor about these treatments you may want to.
Are there? My primary hasn't made comments about new meds. At this point I am more interested in calming the inflammation than controlling pain. If my arthritis follows the pattern that my mother's did, then I can anticipate disabling pain in the future. Until that time, I can tolerate the aches.
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:31 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Or nurses' shoes. Those white tennis-shoe-looking ones.
Oh, you know what I mean
Most of the nurses I've seen wear Danskos. I have a couple pairs and they are very comfortable. My physical therapist doesn't want me to wear them because they are open in the back (and my knee is unstable).

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Old 04-12-2014, 01:43 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I have severe arthritis and live in the AZ desert area. Love the hot weather, relieves the pain and the hotter the better. Great to be outdoors then. When temps get below 50 then it gets very painful again. Limits motion and flexibility too.
When we go visiting family in the mid west in the summers with the high humidity it bothers me there all the time.
Next week I'm seeing an arthritis pain management specialist to see if I can get some more pain relief.
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Old 04-12-2014, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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Are there? My primary hasn't made comments about new meds. At this point I am more interested in calming the inflammation than controlling pain. If my arthritis follows the pattern that my mother's did, then I can anticipate disabling pain in the future. Until that time, I can tolerate the aches.
See a Rheumatologist.
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:31 AM
 
Location: AZ
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Are there? My primary hasn't made comments about new meds. At this point I am more interested in calming the inflammation than controlling pain. If my arthritis follows the pattern that my mother's did, then I can anticipate disabling pain in the future. Until that time, I can tolerate the aches.

I had bad inflammation in my hands and knees working construction for 30+ years. There were weeks where I could barely use a knife to cut through a steak the pain was so bad. I read an article about people using homeopathic cures for their arthritis. I've been using gin soaked raisins and they have significantly improved my arthritis. On a scale of 1-10 I use to be a 2 and now feel like a 8-9 most days. The only time it still really bothers me is when we get those damp,cold rainy spring/fall days and even then it's nothing like it was before. I don't like taking medication if I don't have to,most have to many side effects. For the record I can't stand raisins or gin but I was desperate and willing to try anything.

It took me about 2 weeks to start noticing the difference and it's been 5 years now since I started them. I was away for 3 weeks and forgot to bring them,I could feel the pain returning after the first week and by the second it was worse. Like any medication it doesn't work for everyone but I've had many friends try this and most have had positive results.

Gin Soaked Raisins for Arthritis Home Remedy - The People's Pharmacy®


Edit: It says use 9 raisins a day but I found 12-15 works best for me.
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:36 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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On a scale of 1-10 I use to be a 2 and now feel like a 8-9 most days. The only time it still really bothers me is when we get those damp,cold rainy spring/fall days and even then it's nothing like it was before.
Thanks for sharing this and the link. I don't care for alcohol but I think I'm at the "desperate" stage with all the medications I take at the moment. Yikes.

I have a question about your pain scale. I've usually heard it the other way around (with 1 being the least amount of pain and 10 being the worst imaginable pain ever). Do different states or doctors use this scale the other way? I'm asking because sometimes people will use the quantifiers, but sometimes they don't. I don't want to end up in a hospital somewhere outside my current state and misunderstand the question.
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Old 04-12-2014, 08:18 AM
 
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My arthritis disappeared after moving away from the foggy and damp west coast.
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