Pain relief tips, please?

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givemeurluv
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   Posted 6/17/2009 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I also have RA. During weekdays, I take ultram for 3 to 4 a day. During weekends, I’m home so I just take other methods like napping, resting, meditation. But when the pain calls, I take half the ultram. And if the pain persists, I take the other half and usually, that takes care of it. I am interested in herbal or acupuncture treatment. Heard that they can help. Any info?

lethimknow
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   Posted 6/17/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Am also interested with that. A friend was telling me of this store where you can buy herbal medicines that may help arthritis sufferers like us. I’ll try to ask her about it when I see her tomorrow. I haven’t heard of acupuncture for arthritis, though. For now, I also take tramadol for the difficult days.

sjkly
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   Posted 6/17/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried electric stimulation? My physical therapist is using that for me and it is helping tremendously.
Also, the PT itself is helping me-my therapist was able to show me a few moves that have helped me to relieve my own pain during the day.

CrohnsMom
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   Posted 7/28/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a tip that may help. If I feel even a twinge of pain in a joint, I stop moving it right away. I have a lot of trouble with my wrists and shoulders. I wear braces on my wrists that keep them from moving. Slings are helpful sometimes but can make my pain worse from pressure on muscles. I hope this info is helpful in some way. Pain is a bummer!

golitho
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   Posted 7/28/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been told acupuncture is good for RA. unfortunately it depends on thr practitioner!!! I flared badly so please research who you see. There are lots of books out there on herbs and diets for RA but again in my experience they haven't helped much. Heat for pain works a treat and ice at the end of hard use helps too. I also have splints, I also do hydrotherapy, I also take pain killers for busy days. I just mix and match, change activities frequently was reccomended by my OT. So go from hand based activity to walking not always resting just changing which muscle groups you're using. I'd talk to your rheumy and get a referral to an OT. She has helped me more than anyone when it comes to pain. Plus if its really bad I get a cortisone shot in that joint. Hope this helps,golitho

Nana Monster
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   Posted 7/28/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Luv,
     I'm glad to see someone interested in the herbal route. I've been doing the med route for a lot of years. I did'nt do too bad with the herbs for arthur. When I was in my 20's I started on bromelain and gluc/ chondrotion. It helped a lot, but I didn't work then either. I was a stay at home mom. I had a few real bad attacks (my husband at the time thought I was faking) where I couldn't hardly walk. I was 25 and swore I'd  be in wheelchair by the time I hit 35.
     It's 30 years later and I now have fibro on top of the arthritis. I fell a few times on my knees and ended up with torn maniscus, torn cartilidge, bakers cyst, chrondo himma himma (crunching in joints) arthritis and fibro. I had knee surgery last Nov. Where they put the scope in to do the pix the kneecap is now offset. I hurt worse than I did before surgery. I finally got tired of all of the prescription drugs and went to the herbal shop and talked to a bodybuilder that works there. I told him of the problems with the joints and he had me try Super Cissus RX. Within a week the pain level was better. I asked him about the crunching as the callogen is depleting. I am now on Bio-Sil with it and the crunching is much better. I've been on them about 3 months now and backed up with my regular painkiller meds for about 2 months (it took a long time to damage the joints so they won't get better overnight). about 2 weeks ago I stopped even the advil and tylenol. The Super Cissus has a built in painkiller so I don't need them anymore. I do 5 of the S C's and 2 of the Bio's a day. I am now mowing my lawn again 2-3 hours at a time with a pushmower. Check into these..
    Then there is the old Paul Harvey remedy which works too.....take golden raisins and soak them in gin for a week, take 9 a day. The first time I made it up a flight of stairs without stopping!!
                                           Good Luck
                                                   Nana Monster

SydneyJo
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   Posted 7/29/2009 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Heat pads, hot showers and keep moving helps for me.
Jo

Shanno
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   Posted 8/9/2009 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I get abit of releif from a TENS unit (depends where the pain is/ how bad) and also my physio gives me ultrasounds on my lower back, which knocks the pain on the head for maybe a day or so, but alot of the time the only way to stop the pain is with painkillers :(

rdg
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   Posted 8/31/2009 3:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Try a hydroculator, or the packs that can go in the microwave or freezer, they are available at rite-aid and many grocery stores.
I find heat helps most unless its swelling I aim to reduce, also tiger balm or white flower oil rubbed into effected joint.

Nana Monster
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   Posted 8/31/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Luv,
  Just an update on the herbals. I'm still doing the Super Cissus RX, Bio-Sil and Malic Acid.  This seems to be the
best combo I've found to date. I'm working on month 5 with them and I've gotten so I can do a 12 hour day at
work. They're few and far between as overtime just isn't there anymore. It's all on my feet and on concrete.
I even did the state fair.......4 1/2 hours of walking. Going to do it again on Saturday with the grandkids.
I'm so glad I found this as I've only taken 2 doses of OTC painkillers in the last month. The nice thing, is by also
doing the Colustrum (bovine breast milk) and hylaronic acid I've only been to the doctors once this year....YEAHOO!! yeah
You have nothing to lose but the pain itself. The new Arthritis Today magazine had a good section of 25 herbal
helps for the pain. SAM-E works as good as Celebrex but won't hurt you. The side effects of the drugs from
the drs......brain damage, liver and  kidney damage or failure, heart damage, heart failure, stroke, blood damage,
blood pressure changes, and my favorite; varioius types of cancer shakehead     I know which one I prefer!
               Nana Monster

msmatt
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   Posted 9/6/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
hello, i am new to remicade it seems i have morer pain than before is that normal , when i tell my doctor he up the dosage and there is more pain. when i explain to him it only last a week he stated tell me the truth that really offend me, why would i lie. this is so uncomfortable the pain is bad when i am suppose to get relief. this is the fifth doctor i been to enbrel did not work any more. do the doctor not know that each person is different on meds or do they care? any help out there ? please let me know. should i stop the treatment because it is worst with it?
 

Nana Monster
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   Posted 9/9/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Msmatt,
   I had the same results with cymbalta. 4 days and I hurt worse so I chucked it. One of the "rare"
side effects of embrel other than the ones I mentioned earlier is MS. It's not even worth the thought
of the kind of damage it can do.
     Also, the new Swine Flu shot......check on the fibro site, there's a lot of feedback on it. Drs. don't
want to give it to anyone over 50 or with fibro. I realized my fibro symptons started about the time
I had my first Flu shot nearly 11 years ago!
    I'm wondering if anyone has tried Reflexology? If I could find someone to play with my
tootsies I'd like to experiment.
    With my herbals I've only done 2 doses of dr's drugs in 1 1/2 months. I want to get white willow
bark and try it next time I'm in pain. What I have now I can control by  moving around and hot showers.
 
            Nana Monster
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