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yalinda
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/18/2006 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks erin for the earlier support i need it right now as the pain is so intense~ a pain in resting or motion.  i find i am talking to people at work and all i am doing is internally saying ...dang my body hurts right now!
 
i was going to phone in sick today as i hurt so badly but it was a fun conference day and i only get to do this once or twice a year so i attended and swithched my one topic area to healing with the senses.  they said that using amber light and peppermint can reduce inflammation and joint pain. 
 
 i went up as a volunteer and i swear the pepperment soothed my wrists so i went out and purchased some.  the healer suggested i by a "bug" bulb (cheap amber) and sit near it when watching tv or onthe computer for the amber was a healing color and that i should sip pepperment tea and soak in a pepperment tub with epsom salt.  i even went and purchased the pepperment rub from bath and body tonight.
 
  has anyone ever tried any of these things?  i am not a healthy natural type person but heck i am desperate as the extra prednisone has not helped and i am forbidden to take motrin by my doctor because he said my liver is already gonna be stressed.  no more alcohol either! nono    there go the summer parties inthe backyard.  sad
 
if anyone has any input i would greatly appreciate it!  and thanks for the warm welcomes tongue
 
yalinda  a nick name my kids friends made up for me

elcamino
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   Posted 5/18/2006 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Yalinda, first let me welcome you to HW, although I'm sorry for the cirumstances that brought you here.  Second, I love peppermint candy.  Is there any relationship to eating the candy and decreased inflammation?  I find that if there's a bag around, I'll eat the entire bag (and then feel sick to my stomach), but I can't restrain myself.  I've read that the smell of peppermint tends to alleviate anxiety, but I've never heard that it has medicinal properties as well.  Except, that it can harsh on your stomach and it can alleviate morning sickness in pregnancy (don't ask me to explain this; it's just what I heard).

Elcamino


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: Early Lupus/MCTD; Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


yalinda
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   Posted 5/18/2006 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the welcome and sry it how too....let me see if i can quote the handout.... i need to turn on my non amber light first lol ... pepperment.... most higly regarded oil for support of normal gastrointestinal system...... everyone take a bite of candy now lol...... helps maintain helathy lung function...... now we breathe deeply........ helps relax..... ok that might b 1 of my problems?....... helpful for dry patchy skin...... not me yet? purifying, cooling, and refreshing..... ok helps restore mental alertness when experencing fatigue or drowsiness.... nothing cvan help that but a cat nap!....promotes a feeling of lasting well-being... i need that! warnming and comforting when applied to muscles... so is ben gay? well in review no inflamatoery comments in handout but if my senses were listening i swear that is what the speaker said?

now let me see about the light it says muscle aches patel orange, hence amber.... arthritis violet, blue-violet, and red-violet i think i will wear violet to work tomorrow! with amber accents?

well my summary.... have a pepperment on me, not a BAG but maybe a warm cup and see? meanwhile i will use the rub stick i bought and let u know! hope i amused and informed u lol yalinda

yalinda
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   Posted 5/18/2006 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
INTERVENTION: The patient was instructed to apply neat peppermint oil (containing 10% menthol) to her skin, resulting in an almost immediate improvement in her pain. This pain relief persisted for 4-6 hours after application of the oil.

i did a google search its out there! back to my pepperment search lol

erin.K
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   Posted 5/18/2006 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
cool  hah, Yalinda you are so cool.  in ode to peppermint i post in GREEN tonite.
Yalinda, i'm in nursing (you could get my full bio on my name panel) & i do prefer to incorporate the holistic side of nursing. i like doing that because it takes an army to treat chronic progressive diseases & i feel everything should go into treatment.
a true believer of medicine, natural therapies, boifeedback, and LOVE.
 
the peppermint is absolutely TRUE! :-) peppermint in it's most beneficial form to help RA symptoms & overall well being is to take it in tea form.  store brought is fine..but if you can fine a natural store or Trader Joe's or WholeFoods or any kinda small herb shoppe...they will make a bag of fresh tea for you (it's cheap!) & ya need a tea ball too.  they can also make another tea infusion of peppermint & chamomile (chamomile is good for painful muscles and stress).
cinamon is a strong antiinflammatory for RA and is GREAT for RA taken as a tea.  i buy the BIGELOW cinamon tea bags.
 
the topical peppermint or any of the menthol derivitives of course provide anesthetic to joints.  be careful with CAPSASIN (the pepper oil) you'll be a HOT TOMALIE devil :-)
 
funny thing:  my neurologist that was taking care of the Lymes disease i had was also treating (or trying) to treat the RA.  her best quote was, "Drink, Party & Fall In Love" The best RX to this date! LOL tongue
 
please keep us posted on your peppermint quest!  perhaps a "Peppermint Manifesto" will be in HW's arthritis future. LOL. :-)
 
glad to have you here.  ciao!  erin
Active, Severe RA. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg Q 4 days; Pred; Pentasan 4G; Imuran 50mg; Dilaudid; Diazepam; Avinza 30mg; Meclizine; MiraLax & too many others.


yalinda
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   Posted 5/19/2006 4:02 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the feedback erin. after my last post i was worried i shouldnt have mentioned google finds and was worried i broke a rule? i am new at this chat stuff. i forbid my kidos to do it and here i am!

i really think the pepperment helped me last night? to early to tell but after no relief prior i have to say "ode to pepperment!" and i would have said it in green but i cant find to green, or amber, or violet ugh!

ok u r a nurse and i former OT. OT was 18 years ago and RA knowledge gone with the wind. not that i am that old, but feeling it lately. i am off to work a little less achy today so i will raise my cup of tea to all my new friends out there in pain with me in hopes we find relief if not in pepperment in each others understanding of what out bodies are screaming to us! good day mates yalinda

Post Edited (yalinda) : 5/19/2006 6:17:38 AM (GMT-6)


RAGirl
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   Posted 5/19/2006 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for all of this info on peppermint. Definitely going to check all of this out. There are Trader Joe's not too far from me so I'll have to take a trip :)

erin.K
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   Posted 5/19/2006 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh my gosh...an ocupational therapist! that's EXACTLY what we need here! please...feel free to start a thread of your own with any good advice and tips for making ADLs easier with arthritis! (go to the "NEW TOPIC" on the very top left hand side of this page and it wil prompt you on what to fill in and where to write).
that is awesome.

take care.
Active, Severe RA. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg Q 4 days; Pred; Pentasan 4G; Imuran 50mg; Dilaudid; Diazepam; Avinza 30mg; Meclizine; MiraLax & too many others.


yalinda
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   Posted 5/19/2006 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
wow! no one have ever been so excited to know what i do before! hahaha i must say that i do not specialize in arthritis currently but..... next month my employer is starting a new clinic that i will be involved with that with specializing in arthritis and yes i jokingly told my boss i would be our first patient! so with that said as i re-familarize myslelf with adaptations , which is specialty of mine, i will pass on information.

what r the rules for websites and catalogs etc. i dont want to break any!

ironically i just came back from a 2 hour drive to see a client with arthritis plus some other stuff. getting her things to pour with, open jars and cans etc. i will do a thread but i need to know what people what or need. let me know and by the way ........i had my best day today all week! so it is either the extra prednisone tablet in the am or my Peppermint!!!!?

Ducky
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   Posted 5/21/2006 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Along with our "pickle juice" cookbook, we're gonna have to incorporate "peppermint"! :) I can't wait to try this stuff
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

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