osteoarthitis and baker's cysts

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AnneRoto
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   Posted 4/1/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been diagnosed with both.  My doc thinks it is from lyme.  Do any of you out there also have this problem and if so what are you doing for it?   Doc stated that when lyme was first discovered on Long Island many of the "lymies" had baker's cysts.  He also referenced aritcles published by the NIH.  I don't have unbearable pain, but it is pain non the less.  I am going for physical therapy and that did help but does not seem to be helping any more.  Going to see a rheumatologist later this month. 

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   Posted 4/2/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been told I have Osteoarthritis too. I don't do anything for it, since I can't take pain meds or the recommended glucosamine/condroitin/MSM supplements. My husband, who has arthritis & joint damage from long-term Prednisone use, finds MSM extremely helpful for his joint pain. Without the MSM, he can barely move. With the MSM, he is able to go hiking in the mountains on weekends.

Vitamin C, MSM, Glucosamine/Condroitin, and sufficient fluids intake are required for healthy joints & connective tissue. Gentle weight-bearing or resistance exercise is very good for arthritis, too. And some find shark cartelage supplements helpful as well.

I hope this helps - take care,
-Razzle
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AnneRoto
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   Posted 4/2/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Razzle, why can't you take the glucosomine?  I have heard of that but I have no idea what MSM is, could you explain?

hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 4/2/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Razzle -- Just read a study that you should take Glucosamine w/o its paired sidekick condroitin.

A study showed that Glucosamine is more effective on its own.

I think I also have OA and it's rough. I don't believe I would have gotten it had it not been for Lyme.

My shoulder hurts when I lift my arm over my head. My neck pops and swells up when I turn it.

I go to get my neck x-rayed monday...Will get the news, but maybe they can rehab me.

Razzle
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   Posted 4/2/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Glucosamine is derived from shellfish, which are highly sulfited (preservative). I am very, very sensitive to sulfites and get a nasty reaction when I take glucosamine. I've never taken condroitin.

Interesting that glucosamine should be taken separately from condroitin...didn't know that. Thanks!

Take care,
-Razzle
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Meds:  Zofran, Pulmicort, Heparin (to flush PICC line), IV Ceftazidime (for Pleural Effusion).


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   Posted 4/3/2009 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Razzle, I never knew that! I took glucosamine for about a week and swear I felt worse, and my doc thought I was crazy. I too am sensitive to sulfites, though.
I have osteoarthritis too. It's actually very common (in the general population).
Lyme and co-infections since approximately 2002. Diagnosed in 2005. Treated for two years solid. Diagnosed with Lymphomatoid Papulosis in October 2007. Currently back on abx.

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Razzle
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   Posted 4/3/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
The only shellfish that aren't sulfited are the shellfish you catch on your own private fishing trip. All commercially caught shellfish are dumped immediately into a sulfite bath to preserve them until the fishing boat gets back to port where the shellfish can be processed for sale.

Vitamin B12 + Benadryl help stop most sulfite reactions for me; sometimes I have to get a steroid shot too, if the reaction is severe enough.

Take care,
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Zofran, Pulmicort, Heparin (to flush PICC line), IV Ceftazidime (for Pleural Effusion).

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