Treatment of OA in knees & RA in hands-please read

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straydog
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   Posted 8/4/2005 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Gang,
 
As some of you know and some don't know, I have severe OA in both knees and dr has recommended replacements. We decided to wait and see if the Morphine Pump helped with my knee pain and I hate to say it, but all it has done is give me a clearer picture of how bad my knees are. I was hurting so bad in so many other places it was impossible to say what hurt the most.
 
Yesterday my dr told me of a new treatment and gave me a packet on it and he recommends that I try this. Looks like this has been in use since 1998/1999. This FDA approved.  The name of the company is BioniCare, please look them up on the net, you will be blown away by what this little machine can do. In some cases the use of this machine actually cause new cartilage to be produced in rabbits. I would wear 2 knee braces and have a belt on that holds the transmitter and pulses are sent to the knees only. Invasive and pain-free, I'm in. LOL. This was also used in patients w/RA in their hands and they got good results w/it.
 
I went to their website and read up on this gizzmo and I am calling them today and they will contact my ins comp and see if they will approve it. If I am approved then, a rep will meet me at my ortho's office. I am excited.
 
According to their website they are looking in to using this on hips. Anyway, I got so excited about this after reading my brochure and then going in to the website, I just had to share this with my extended family here. Love & Hugs, Susie


curley
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   Posted 8/4/2005 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie Hi,

I'am excited for you,I'am going to look at there web site.Just how does this machine work?Is it some thing that you carry around all the time or what?I don't blame you for not wanting to do the surgery.Please let me know if you do get to use it.I have a question thoe what does it mean when your knee's pop?It seems like every time I put and kind of pressure on my left knee I will scream do to the bad pain.

Flopsie
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   Posted 8/4/2005 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Susie, wow yeah Thank you so very much for this info. yeah This is definetly something I will be checking out..for the hands especially,have severe RA in them, and maybe the knees.

I am so proud to be a part of a community that has members who share info with others, :-) just in case it may help someone.

I hope it will be something that will be beneficial to you.You deserve all the relief you can get.

You are in my thoughts and prayers,

flopsie



Don't walk in front of me....I may not follow
Don't walk behind me....I may not lead
Walk beside me..and be my friend...
                                    Albert Carnus
 
and Lord, put your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth
 
 
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effie
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   Posted 8/4/2005 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Suzie,

I go for the Humira tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. However if I still need knee replacement (double) like you, I will get that machine too!!!!

Gonna look at the web site. Thanks and good luck with the insurance.

Judy

Flopsie
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   Posted 8/6/2005 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie,
This actually sounds like a Tens unit made into the knee covering, I have used the small tens for post-op pain, but something like this certainly bears mentioning to my doc.

It is funny, I wrote in a post somewhere the other day,"Would'nt it be nice if we had something we could put on that would take away the pain well it looks like we just might have something there.

I WILL be taking this info with me on my next doc's visit. Thank you so much for sharing. If possible would you let us know what the Insurance Co. had to say about it?

flopsie
Don't walk in front of me....I may not follow
Don't walk behind me....I may not lead
Walk beside me..and be my friend...
                                    Albert Carnus
 
and Lord, put your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth
 
 

Flopsie
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   Posted 8/9/2005 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie,

Any news on the new tx for you. Are you using it, if so please tell us how it is working for you. I am excited about this.

Does this mean we will have to call you the Bionic Woman after this? LOL
Don't walk in front of me....I may not follow
Don't walk behind me....I may not lead
Walk beside me..and be my friend...
                                    Albert Carnus
 
and Lord, put your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth
 
 

straydog
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   Posted 8/9/2005 11:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Flopsie,

I am meeting the rep from the company this Friday @9:30 at my ortho's office. At that time he will fit me and show me how it works I assume. I asked my ortho about the unit itself, it does look like a TEN, but he says it is not TENS, so we wait. I do know one thing different about this machine from a Tens, this one you turn it up till it tingles, then turn it back to where you do not feel it at all. Weird huh, oh well, I am game and I will give it a whirl. Love & Hugs, Susie


brownstoneranch
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   Posted 8/10/2005 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for this post. I am a new member and have OA in the knees. I am not to the point of knee replacements but can not tolerate most of the anti inflamatories that are on the market. Thank you for giving me some hope. I participated in a chat on Web MD on electro therapy for OA and the doctor said it really worked. I am contacting my doctor and getting a prescription for the Bionicare unit and am looking forward to getting my life back. Good luck to you!

Flopsie
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   Posted 8/10/2005 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello and welcome to the forum,

You have found a wonderful place with lots of friendly folks.

When you get a chance, would you click on new topic at top of screen and introduce yourself, so all can meet and greet you.

Have a wonderful day,

flopsie


Don't walk in front of me....I may not follow
Don't walk behind me....I may not lead
Walk beside me..and be my friend...
                                    Albert Carnus
 
and Lord, put your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth
 
 

Flopsie
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   Posted 8/12/2005 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
straydog, please update us on ypur appt this morning. Did you get the unit? I hope you did and that it is working well for you.
 
Hugs,
flopsie
Don't walk in front of me....I may not follow
Don't walk behind me....I may not lead
Walk beside me..and be my friend...
                                    Albert Carnus
 
and Lord, put your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth
 
 

Dpete
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   Posted 4/24/2007 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
This is to anyone hope you can help me
I lost my job last Dec. as well as my Insurance. Is anyone having problems with Insurance Companys  not wanting to cover a person with RA.
Thank You
dpete
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