Things you do to feel better

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   Posted 11/17/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   

I have been suffering from chronic, debilitating joint pain for over two years. I have the pain in all my major joints, and have been experiencing back pain as well. I am on Tramadol and was previously on Celebrex. The small dose of Tramadol does nothing, the slightly larger one makes me unable to function and I am still in pain. Unfortunately, I am still undiagnosed and my doctors are 8 hours away. I am a student, and my insurance will only pay for doctors in my home state, 8 hrs away. What kind of remedies do your guys use at home to help relieve the pain. I have a whirlpool foot massager and that helps with foot pain.

Pamela Neckpain
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 11/17/2008 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
lassah ...
You need a better doctor! You need meds!
Are you in Northern California?
I think you might be taking your self and your pain too lightly.

I've got to go heat a washrag to put on my neck. I'm in pain and can't say anymore.

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fibromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety, and more, of course.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 11/17/2008 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
One great thing for pain is to take a cotton sock and fill it up about half way with rice then tie it in a knot. Take the sock and microwave it for 30 second intervals till it is hot (but not too hot) and put it where it hurts. They work a million times better then heating pads. In fact they work so well I am thinking about starting a home business making them (using real fabric) to sell for cheap...

Take care,

Hysterectomy at 25

4 laproscopic surgeries since 24

Cervical stenosis in C3 & C4



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deb in indiana
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   Posted 11/18/2008 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Make me one Sarrah I will buy some from you Deb

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   Posted 11/19/2008 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laassh,

Welcome to HW. I'm so sorry about all the pain you are in. I'm also a student, so I can relate to your situation, although I am fortunate enough that I am only located about two hours away from my doctors, so they are close enough that I still can, and do, drive to go see them. I'm sorry that you are in so much pain. You really need to do something though. When do you go home next? When you go home, talk to your doctors about your situation and maybe they can suggest something. Since you physically cannot go in to see your doctors at home due to the distance, maybe you could talk to them on the phone or through e-mail? I don't know if they would be willing to change your meds over the phone, but it might be worth a try if you explain the situation and all the trouble your pain is causing you.

Since you don't handle pain meds well, have you thought about trying alternative medicine, like a homeopath, massage therapist, acupuncture/herbalist, etc. Acupuncture has been a god-send for me. I swear it is one of the only reasons that I can get through the week, it doesn't get rid of my pain, but it reduces more than anything else, and allows me to be at least somewhat functional. It doesn't work for everyone, but it might be worth a try.

My chronic pain isn't from joint pain, but I did suffer shoulder pain for four of five years due to multiple athletic injuries & surgeries, and they still do act up now and again. I have found that heating pads, and ice help. I also use wobenzym cream, which is sort of like icy hot (I can't use icy-hot or tiger balm because I'm allergic to something in them, but they might be worth trying for you), you can probably find it at a health food store (the icy-hot or tiger balm can be found at a grocery store or drug store). Also, talk to your health center on campus, its possible that they might be able to offer you some suggestions, or refer you to places in the area. Maybe physical therapy might help too?

Have you been tested for jRA or Lyme disease (if you have ticks where you live)? Those are some things that could cause all chronic joint pain, but I'm no doctor.

Good luck! I hope you find some relief & some answers!


Post Edited (skeye) : 11/18/2008 10:50:45 PM (GMT-7)

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