will epsom salt help?

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   Posted 4/24/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
so my parents used epaoms salt on their feet growing up, and i was lookin on the net, and i was wondering if anyone uses it to help with joint pain or inflamation? I will ask my dr before i use it, but am thinking maybe it will help? Anyone have any experience with this? Thank U. Hope everyone is feeling ok, and having a nice day.

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   Posted 4/25/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Joan...when I have severe joint pain I will put epson salt in my bath water. It seems to take the edge off the pain so it is tolerable, but be careful because I let myself get too relaxed one night and had to get help getting out of the tub. It also might have been the muscle relaxer I took before I got in the tub. Also a heating blanket helps me pretty well. It was a great investment. Another thing I have found is a pregnancy pillow. It is so big you can position it in so many ways. Hope you can find some relief!



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   Posted 4/27/2009 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joan. I've used epsom salts or Japanese relaxation bath salts with almost every bath for a few years. I can certainly tell a difference if I don't use it. I hope u give it a try and enjoy it as much as I do. Love, Butterflake

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   Posted 4/28/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joan, I've been reading lots on things to soak in to cleanse and heal. Epsom salts is a mineral and it has sulfa in it. The homeopathic who deals with lupus said we need to watch the sulfa in it. It can inflame lupus. He recommended vinegar or baking soda if sulf was a concern. Hope this hepls. Tammy

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   Posted 4/28/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm extremely allergic to sulfa - to medications and foods that contain it. Yet I've taken Epsom Salt baths for years without any ill effects.

Epsom salts and vinegar (must be cider vinegar) are well-known to help draw out acids from muscles (we accumulate acidic acid, that is what creates the sore feeling).

The cider vinegar neutralizes once it hits the water and you will NOT smell vinegar, nor smell like vinegar when you get out!


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   Posted 4/28/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank u for the replys. I will be giving it a try, hope it helps a little.
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