Osteoarthritis Flares...???

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Vannie
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   Posted 12/11/2010 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
This may be a strange questions, but I am wondering if people with OA have flares?  I have OA, Fibro, and something called Erosive Inflammatory Arthritis.  Right now my left wrist and hand is swollen. I couldn't hold my music at choir last night. My knees hurt a lot. Actually, there isn't much that doesn't hurt. I finally took some tramdol, along w/my prednisone and found some relief.  I also spent most of the day on the couch napping. Any information you can share would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks so much!  V

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   Posted 12/12/2010 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Vannie,
 
Yes you can have flare ups of Osteo.  If you're experiencing pain or inflammation in your joint, rest it for 12 to 24 hours. Find activities that don't require you to use your joint repetitively. Try taking a 10-minute break every hour.
 
Both heat and cold can relieve pain in your joint. Heat also relieves stiffness and cold can relieve muscle spasms. Soothe your painful joint with heat using a heating pad, hot water bottle or warm bath. Heat should be warm, not hot. Apply heat for 20 minutes several times a day. Cool the pain in your joint with cold treatments, such as with ice packs. You can use cold treatments several times a day, but don't use cold treatments if you have poor circulation or numbness.
 
Using your pain medication makes good sense.  Wondering what dose of Prednisone you are taking ?
 
I have bad osteo in the Right thumb and was scheduled for surgery 4 years ago but came down with pneumonia so surgery was cancelled and I never rescheduled.  So I get by.  Had surgery on my toe years ago. 
 
I am sure you will be hearing from other members.
 
Take care,
 
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Vannie
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   Posted 12/12/2010 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for  your reply.  I have always heard of Ra flares, but I've never heard anyone say anything about OA flares.
 
 
I am only taking 4 mg of prednisone a day at the moment.  The doctor prescribed it to "get me through the holidays" while he "thinks" about what to do next.
 
I was having great success w/Plaqenil, and I took it for a little more than six months. Recently I developed a sore tongue and painful little red dots on my tongue, so I had to stop taking the Plaquenil. Evidently, this is some sort of adverse reaction that isn't all that commone.
 
I was really upset because before I started taking the Plaquenil I could barely walk. i have EIO in my feet and my hands. I was so afraid I was going to go back to that.  I called his office and he prescribed the prednisone for now. I guess he isn't sure what to do next.
 
So I have been off Plaquenil for a week and boy do I know it! I didn't think OA caused swelling, but my left wrist and part of my forearm and hand is swollen.  Maybe that is the EIO???  I have sharp pains shooting  up from the base of my thumbs. I get strange pains in my hands and feet and toes off and on all day long, and I was generally miserable until I started taking the Tramadol.  I was one of those who resisted taking pain meds.  Now I don't know what I would do without them.
 
Thanks again for replying to my questions. I realy apprecdiate the info. This is getting more confusing by the moment. I don't know which condition is causing the most pain. I do know it is not the Fibro.  That is a different type of pain. It is either the OA or the EIO or both.
 
Peace,
V
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JNO2
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   Posted 12/13/2010 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heard about OA flares but never had any. The OA in my knees just hurts all the time. Just had surgery to clean one of them up and they removed a bunch of loose/torn cartilage and I can't see how having that kind of damage could cause a "flare".
I also never had any swelling with OA.

Vannie
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   Posted 12/13/2010 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, JN02,
 
OA doesn't normally cause swelling.  My NP thought I had RA. Rheumatologist says it is Erosive Inflammatory Osteoarthritis. He says I have Generalized Ostgeoarthritis which is a subset of OA. And, in addition to that, I have Erosive Inflammatory Osteoarthritis that is a subset of Generalized Osteoarthritis. Blah Blah Blah LOL
 
In a nutshell, I have more inflammation with the EIO than w/the OA. That causes swelling. I was on Plaqeunil for a while, but had to stop it due to an allergic reaction. That was a shame, because the Plaquenil helped a LOT. 
 
I have the EIO in my hands and feet, which is unusual.  It is usually just in the hands. So, my rheumy is trying to decide what to do next. Last May I could barely walk because of the EIO in my feet.  That is when he put me on Plaquenil.
 
Basically, the OA hurts almost all the time, the EIO hurts all the time and the fibromyalgia is controlled at the moment w/medication.
 
Thank you for your reply, and best wishes.
 
V

Joan M
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   Posted 12/14/2010 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
yes, i have had flares especially with the knee i had replaced. i waited ten years before i had it done...trying to tough it out.

i was born with dislocation of the hip and hammer toes. i got an a plus in rehab for the knee but now the left foot is driving me nuts.

flare is a good word for it because some area of your body (or possibly the whole body) is fired up.

Joan M
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   Posted 1/1/2011 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
vannie and new member, yasminp ... so sorry for all your pain and the lack of knowledge. hope 2011 will be a better year for all of us.

peace on

Vannie
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   Posted 1/2/2011 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Joan,

I always smile when I see your posts. You are a kind person. Thanks so much for the good wishes.

I have been doing some research on Erosive Inflammatory Osteoarthritis. I found one scientific paper stating that people with EIO benefited from methotrexate. I found another study that documented progress of EIO patients after Remicade hand injections. Seems like the treatment of EIO is definitely in the infant stage, but they are starting to try new things to stop the joint destructions.

I have EIO in my hands and my feet. I am extremely interested in finding something to stop this debilitating hand arthritis. I have started taking fish oil supplements, as one study mentioned the anti-inflammatory effect of fish oil. I was taking Plaquenil, which worked very well for me, but I can't take it anymore. Had an adverse reaction. So...my search goes on for ideas. I am going to discuss all this with my rheumatologist at my next appointment.

Best wishes to you!

V
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couchtater
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   Posted 1/2/2011 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I wonder if anyone here has tried taking antioxidents to help with the free radicals that attack our bodies. For example: pomegrante juice, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, or Acai juice?

I've been curious if it could help?
Joy

Vannie
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   Posted 1/2/2011 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Joy,

I take Vitamin D. I just started taking fish oil. My husband read that it is anti-inflammatory. I'm anxious to see if it helps.

I don't know about the other supplements. I do take some sort of eggshell membrane supplement prescribed by my rheumatologist. It is sotr of expensive. I don't know if I will continue taking it or not, because of the cost.

Best Wishes,
V
Fibromyalgia, Inflammatory Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Asthma
Prednisone, Lexapro, Cardizem, Lisinopril, Advair, Lipitor, Vit D, Joint Supplements, Soma, Tramadol, Fish Oil Supplements
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