Herbal Remedies for Arthritis??

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   Posted 10/1/2005 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, its official, my rheumatologist wants to start me os sulfasalazine for RA. She thinks this would be the best approach to take. I really don't like the looks of this med because it seems like it may have a high risk of side effects.
Is there anything out there that is an herbal remedy for inflammation in the joints. I am hoping for anything that is not going to have big side effects. I am also thinking of telling her the I would like Remicade instead of sulfasalazine when I go visit again on monday. I used Remicade for my crohns last year and had no problems at all.
Any herbals you can reccommend would be greatly appreciated!!!

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   Posted 10/1/2005 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   

I was on SAM-e 400mg once a day (Amino Acid - over the counter, very safe, you can buy it in the supplement/herbal isle at any grocery store or Drug store) It is natural, that our bodies produce, but declines as we age.  I was on it for three years for joint support and depression.  It worked wonderfully for both depression and my joints.  My chronic lower back pain went away, as did the intermittent pain in my wrists and fingers.  If you would like to know more about it, you can check out the web site at www dot SAM-e dot com.  It is considered very safe and effective for joint paint.  Another natural remedy is Glucosomine and Chromium which is also over the counter.



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   Posted 10/1/2005 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Rianna, I've been thinking about trying SAM-e, why did you stop taking it if it was helpful?
D-Rule, I have trouble starting a new med myself. They always look so darn scary, but, if you look even Motrin sounds scary. I had good success on azulphidine. But, if you have Chrons, it seems Remicade would be a good choice. Though, that is much more invasive and has its own risks. Your insurance may require her to use a more traditional med on you FIRST before approving a biological such as Remicade.
Many people swear by glucosamine, but it is very expensive. You might find (I have) that certain foods may trigger flares, but that takes time to learn what affects your body.
Good luck**

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   Posted 10/2/2005 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,I'am on Sulasalazine and have been so for over year now and I have had no problems with this med I take two tablets three times aday.I have not had any side effects but people react different to meds.I wish you good luck.Let us know how you are doing.

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   Posted 10/3/2005 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
CaMama - Unfortunately, the SAM-e pooped out on me after the three years, and my depression came back. I don't have enough good things to say about it! I hope you will give it a try (make sure to check with your Doctor or Pharmacist if you are taking other drugs), but it is considered very safe and as effective as prescription antidepressants. There are several articles on SAM-e in Clinical magazines, and it has been well researched and tested. The standard dose is 400mg once a day. Keep us posted!

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   Posted 10/3/2005 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   

let's not forget good ol fish oil! very excellent for RA and all inflammatory disease. check with your doc first to make sure you don't have any allergies.

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   Posted 10/4/2005 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
i also read about cats claw as well...for arthritis inflammation. it's really amazing if you find a great herbalist or one of those herbal/organic shoppes. some of the staff that work there are very knowledgeable and if you're lucky, an educated herbalist or homeopath may work there.
in NJ we habe a "John's" natural foods store...it's really tiny. but i don't think it's a chain. they may be on the web though?

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   Posted 10/4/2005 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Even places like Vitamin Shoppe which sells stuff like GNC but a WHOLE LOT CHEAPER! Same stuff, just like a generic brand... I love that place!
Diagnosed January 2005 - Psoriatic Arthritis/Dactylitis/Spondylitis 
   -Currently taking 50mg shot weekly of Enbrel
Diagnosed May 1998 - Graves Disease
   -Complete Thyroidectomy September 1998 - While 11 weeks pregnant
Other Complications - GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia

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   Posted 10/11/2005 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi,
I'm new just this morning and I'm glad to have something to offer already.  MSM is excellent for immflamation.  It's a natural substance derived from sulfur and I've found good pain relief from it.  It's pretty cheap too.
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