arthritis solutions??? pretty please???

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gardenlady
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   Posted 2/29/2008 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I usually love my tiger balm for arthritis, but it dries the crap outta my hands, to the point where they crack!

What do folks in my situation think of the capsaicin containing stuff. That would actually be safer for me to use around the birds as well.

I don't wanna keep pestering doc for pain pills, but i'm having a really bad year for it, and tylenol/aspirin won't touch it. Doc wants to do some tests for rheumatoid activity when I get on Kerry's policy. I kinda doubt that's what it is -- you don't abuse the crap outta your joints half your life and NOT pay for it somehow. I just happen to feel like someone put all teh joints of my wrist, hand and fingers back in all the wrong places.

It actually felt like the second joint in my index finger was dislocated the ohter night and I woke Kerry up trying to shake it out. eyes
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EMom
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   Posted 2/29/2008 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I take a supplement called Sam-e. I once saw Dr. Andrew Weil interviewed and he mentioned this had been used successfully in Europe for arthritis for 15 years (and this was 5 years ago or so). I *think* it says it's better for osteo arthritis, but you might give it a try.

Good luck! Hope the finger has recovered! :-)
EMom
Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September.


gardenlady
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   Posted 2/29/2008 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Little bit of history (and why I doubt this is rheumatoid).

In 6th grade, I broke my left radius close to the joint. I waited, hoping it was sprained, and finally Mom dragged me to the hospital (the local Army hospital, which at that point in time had a reputation as a real butcher shop). It took them another twelve hours to x-ray and set it (badly), and it didn't heal right.

It healed, still slightly out of place. The hospital recommended no PT until I had already started having other joint and tendon problems due to the weakness on the left side and over use of the right side. The numbness and pain was so bad that I couldn't open doors for myself. The hospital gave me ibuprofen in huge doses and sent me on my way. This pretty much ran through 9th grade. THEN, they got around to considering PT.

On top of this, I played violin and piano -- and not any kind of casually, either. My goal from 9th grade through most of college was to be a professional violinist, so I practiced HOURS. I can't even hope to count all the hours. I got up extra early, went to bed late, had lessons, school orchestra, youth symphony...you name it. Ate, lived, breathed, and slept violin. Played Rachmaninoff and Beethoven on piano. Because of the poor set on my left bone, some of the positions require, especially for the violin, were awkward, and I either forced my wrist and fingers to do what they needed to or found a way around it that worked just as well.

College -- oy vay. Taking notes at lighting speed so I could get every word of a lecture, typing papers, editing, retyping...there's some more repetetive motion damage.

Then there were dance classes -- 3-5 hours a week in class from 8th grade on through college, and that again, doesn't count practice time. I took jazz, tap and focused mainly on ballet. Pointe shoes, getting picked up and tossed around, the whole nine yards. And I had an absolute blast. :)

So, total, I spent about fifteen years or so in music, ten in dance, and I have no capacity to do anything by halves. If I did 100 sit ups one day, I did 150 the next. If I held my leg up at a 45 degree angle to my shoulder in one class, by the next class I'd have my knee resting on my shoulder. I just never settled for good enough. So I've pretty much abused the snot out of every joint I have, but my hands have taken the brunt.

Unfortunately, for my Doc, the records from the army hospital are probably long gone, so there's really no formal history for him to work with. Which puts me to trying to construct a time line that will be helpful for him and having Kerry go over his anatomy texts to teach me how all those joints work so when Doc and I get going on this we can hit the ground running.

The finger recovered, and I'm actually doing okay with half a vicodin in my system. I'm noticing a lot fewer typos!
"Let me light my lamp,"
Says the star,
"And never debate
If it will help to remove the darkness."
-- Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore


broomhilda
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   Posted 2/29/2008 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Gardenlady- While I don't have arthritis (according to my test results) I continued to have joint pain, adhesions, connective tissue pain(ribs) and my lastest and greatest...my right knee sounds like it could grind coffee beans. Having said that...I have found that my joint pain & bodily inflamation as a whole has been significantly reduced due to 3 factors that I implemented into by "own" therapy. I take Glucosamine & Chondroitin supplements 3 times a day. This alone reduced my need for pain killers. I severely reduced my dietary sugar intake. I supplement the sugar with Steevia or Splenda. Now this does not mean that I don't go on a sweet binge every now and then either. I also cut out any products; drugs, otc meds, lotions, creams, shampoos, sodas, etc. that have benene or benzyl alcohol in them. I can only attest to my personal situation but I felt like a new person in two weeks and have not had a return of symptoms. My pred dependency over the last 2 years has forced me into taking Boniva as of last month so maybe the grinding knee will improve with that. Good Luck!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


Stef17
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   Posted 2/29/2008 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Can you take any NSAID's? Aleve does wonders for my arthritis - well it did before I went on remicade. It's the OTC dosage of naproxyn which I was prescribed for arthritis years ago.

Writer
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   Posted 2/29/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Garden Lady,

Have you ever considered voice-recognition software? (You talk into a microphone in the words appear on the computer screen, and you can also navigate the Internet into e-mail by voice.) The new Microsoft operating system, Vista, includes free voice-recognition capability, so you don't have to buy a separate program, just a headset microphone. It can be a real help so that you don't have to stress your fingers with a lot of typing.

gardenlady
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   Posted 2/29/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't handle NSAIDs either -- I'm down to tylenol and if I'm careful, aspirin. I remember being rx'ed naproxyn by the military docs in what seems like way back in teh day...

And wouldn't you know, here comes teh freakin wind and the back tracking for typos is getting worse....bugger.

Writer: Kerry has been playing with a couple voice recognition programs, but my lap top doesn't seem to like them. He'll get it figured out, though.
"Let me light my lamp,"
Says the star,
"And never debate
If it will help to remove the darkness."
-- Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore


Writer
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   Posted 2/29/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Your laptop may not have enough memory. It doesn't matter if you use an old processor, but lots of memory is crucial. Voice-recognition programs are memory hogs of the highest order (regardless of whatever the software says on the box about the memory requirements).
 
I recommend at least 1.5 GB of RAM if you are using Windows 2000 Professional with voice-recognition, and at least 2 GB of RAM if you are trying to use it with Windows XP. Don't know about Windows Vista, but I will be installing it shortly, and can then report. I use a desktop computer that I built myself because it was the cheapest way to get massive amounts of memory capacity for the money. RAM for laptops tends to be pricey, so companies skimp on that, and load up the products with a lot of other junk instead. (Okay, I'm prejudiced, but I don't want to watch movies or listen to music on my computer, I want to get work done.)
 
Anyway, I hope you have a chance to try the software soon.

Matthew
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   Posted 2/29/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Sara,

That stuff burned me & made my arthritis WORSE. I haven't tried it since my first major flare in 1995.
Only balm that works for me is Ultra Strength Ben Gay. My dogs hate me when I use it though! LOL.

Matthew

Sniper
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   Posted 2/29/2008 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
This is going to sound silly and I know you probable do this anyway,,,but,,,I find when I have the most joint pain I am not drinking or keeping in enough water. It is amazing how much less pain I am in when I can keep hydrated..
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


gardenlady
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   Posted 3/1/2008 4:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks folks -- keep it coming...

I keep thinking that those paraffin bath type treatments sound really good. Whether they provide long term help or that's just me wanting to spoil myself a little is another story... :)
"Let me light my lamp,"
Says the star,
"And never debate
If it will help to remove the darkness."
-- Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore


Matthew
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   Posted 3/1/2008 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried the Chondrotin (sp???) products? I had modest success with those in the past. The pain clinic has me taking Celebrex as well, its fairly safe for most crohnies.
Of course, if I had the WHOLE answer, I'd be a rich man. Needless to say! LOL.

Matthew

Zanne
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   Posted 3/1/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a lot of joint issues from the CD but also from carpal tunnel. I see an acupuncturist. He was recommended by my Rhuemy since I can't take any of the arthritis type drugs. It really does seem to keep the worst of the pain at bay.

I was in PT for a wrist injury a few years ago and would get the parafin treatments, OH they were wonderful. You can try heating a moist towel in the microwave and wraping your hands in that too! Just be very careful you don't burn yourself. Also you can fill a sock with rice and heat that in the microwave and wrap that around your affected joints.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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