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What do you take for arthritis? Does it help?

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I had a bone scan awhile back and it showed a little arthritis.  I've been taking tylenol for it, and it works ok, but, I wondered what the rest of you might be taking and how it works for you.  I just hate to take it everyday.  I know it can't be good for my stomach. 

 

Thanks, Leeza

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I use Voltaren Gel, it works wonders.  It is a prescription and not an over the counter drug.   

 

 

Doris

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Thank you Doris!  I hate to sound dumb, but, how do you use it?  Since it is a gel, I assume you just rub it in where it hurts?  How often do you have to use it?  Do you put it on once a day or several times a day?  Just at night?  Does it make the pain go away completely?

Thanks again!

Leeza

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I can use it up to 4 x a day.  I rub it in my shoulder thought arthritis is only 1 of many problems there.  The orthopedic oncologist thought it would help.  I rub it on my knees which are full of osteoarthritis and my ankle.  The other one has a tendon problem and I wear a patch of lidocaine.  If I'm in bed and pain just won't stop, I will apply the gel which is just like cream on it.  The pain doesn't go away immediately but in a reasonable amount of time it does vanish.  It is a wonderful product, couldn't live without it.

I like it better than pills and so does my liver.

Best wishes,

Doris

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Thanks Doris!  The voltaren gel sounds like it is something that I want to discuss with my doctor.  I've never heard of it. 

That's why this board and you pink sisters are all super amazing!

Leeza

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I am going to see a pain specialtist doctor today because I've had a stiff neck for about a month now and can't get rid of it.  And, it's only one side.  Anyone else have this?

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I wonder if Voltaren Gel will help Degenative Disc Disease. I just had an MRI Thurs and that is what is causing my back pain. My primary refered me to another doctor. I'm waiting for the appt. Right now I'm taking Perciset which I don't want to stay on. What do you think?

Cathy

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Hi, I also have degenerative Bone/joint disease..I'm a bit curious about your MRI..I just had one 2 months ago..I have 2 bulging discs..what did they tell u about your MRI?.I've had back issues for 20 years..tell me your story

Lynne P
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A girlfriend just got diagnosed with a bulging disc and she is taking steroid shots.  Are you doing that?  She says they help a lot, better than surgery.

Lynne

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I just do Ibuprofen 800s as needed. I have to be feeling more stiff and sore than usual to get myself to take the Ibuprofen.  (Mine is by prescription, which saves me $$ with what I have with my insurance.  Also, it is better to take the 800s 2-3 times in a day than the ones that are only good for 4-6 hours.  The 800s dissolve more slowly.)

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Thanks desertgilr947!  My PCP did give me a prescription for Ibuprofen, but, I only took it a few times as it upset my stomach.  Ofcourse, I forgot to take it with food or milk, so, that was going to happen for sure.  She cautioned me that the Ibuprofen was hard on my stomach and to not take it every day, so, that is why I just started taking the tylenol.

Appreciate your post! 

Leeza

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Leeza, have you seen a spine and pain management doctor?  I bet they could help you with the pain and I would think would be more update on anything new for arthritis.

Lex

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No, I haven't yet Lex, but, I think that will be my next step.  Do you have arthritis and have you seen a pain management doctor?

Leeza

survivorbc09
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Either a pain management doctor or an orthopedist, should be able to help you further Leeza.  Let us know what you do. 

Jan

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I did find a spine and pain management doctor in our center, so, I am thinking I might even go see him and just see what he says.  Like I said, my pain isn't bad, but, maybe the doctor could rid me of it totally. 

 

June Bugs
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I have some arthritis and I take Ibuprofen if I have worked hard and it really hurts in my back.  Otherwise I take 2 Aleve, one in the morning and one at night.  I hope yours gets better.

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Do be careful of taking too many Ibuprofen and never on an empty stomach.  They are great to take for pain, but, can do a lot of damage to your insides if not taken right. 

Rague
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I take Etodolac daily.  I've had arthritis in my upper back for years and have a script for Etodolac twice a day.  Most of the time it keeps it under control with one a day but sometimes I need the second one to keep it undercontrol.  There are sometimes that I still need Tylenol or occasionally Vicodin depending on what I do or the weather. Actually I recently started taking ibuprophen as after surgery on wrist for broken bones I found out that I have a lot of arthritis in my wrist/hand (pre breaks but never knew it - didn't know about arthritis in back either as no pain u ntil I had a chest X-ray that showed it and it was several yrs before it bothered me) that ibuprophen works better on the pain from it.

Winyan- The Power Within

Susan

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I take Ibuprofen, it is an antiflammitory and will help with the inflammation at the joints.  If the pain is real bad ask you dr. for a Rx for it.  If taking for a long period of time Tylenol is hard on the liver, it is metabolized through the liver. if you take Ibuprofin it is metabolized through the kidneys taken regulary it can cause ulcers in the stomach so be sure to eat something with it. God Bless!  Kathy

 

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You ought to try the Ibuprofen again maybe Leeza, but, just be sure and eat something before you take it.  Is your pain really bad?  Perhaps you need something stronger like a pain pill?

Hope you feel better,

Rose

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Thanks Susan.  I will check into the Etodolac too.  I do have the 800mg prescription Ibuprofen, but like I wrote, I took it without food a few times and it really upset my stomach, so, I stopped. 

Leeza

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I didn't know if a muscle relaxer might help too, but, it might not be for arthritis.  Ask your doctor Leeza.

June Bugs
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I have a prescription for nabumetone, a muscle relaxer, but, it really didn't do too much for me.

Rague
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Have you tried a TENS Unit?  For some they work great.

They work by using electric impulses to interupt the pain impulses the nerves are passing to the brain.

Winyan - The Power Within

Susan

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I will certainly write down everything on here as I go for a bone scan Friday to see what my pain is in my back.  Praying it is arthritis. 

survivorbc09
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Aleve works well.  Have you ever tried that?  Hoping you find something to help with the pain.

Jan

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Ibuprofen or Aleve work great for the back pain that I get.  I was surprised how well Aleve worked.  When my back hurts, I take one in the morning and one at night. 

 

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I am just repeating what several have said and that is to see a specialtist.  There is so much they can do now for back pain and you should get some relief.

Keep us posted on what you do and how you're feeling.

 

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Susan, I just saw your reply to Leeza.  Is the TENS unit something you wear?

 

Rague
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It is a little box smaller than a pack of cigarettes that clips to your belt (or whereever you want to).  There are 4 electrodes (sort of like the ones used for EKGs.  They are placed on the skin iin a pattern so that  the electric impusles travel in  an X with the center of the X over the area the nerve goes into the spinal cord and it disrups the the nerve sending it's electrical impulse to tell the brain to feel pain.  (I'm sure someone can give you a more complete answer but very basically thats it.)   It is adjusted for you and you can adjust it somewhat as you need to.   When I used mine, everytime I wuld start it I'd get a VERY slight little tingle for about 5 minutes then wouldn't feel it any more unless I increased it.  I am VERY sensitive to electric shocks but it was not bad at all.  I haven't used it in quite a while so think I'll dig it out and try it again.  

It is a real medical device, not some gimmick being hawked on late night 'info-mercials'.  Tallk to your Dr about one - might help.

Winyan - The Power Within

Susan

You can google TENS Unit and find a fair bit of info and the units.

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Leeza, I had medial nerve blocks which stopped the pain I was having from arthritis.  It isn't permanent, but, it is still working for me.  You might check into that too.

Sue :)

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Hoping and crossing fingers that something will ease your pain for you.  You've got lots of good advice here and you really should see a pain specialtist.

Ritzy, What is medial nerve blocks? 

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Sue, what exactly is medial nerve blocks?  Is that a shot?

 

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I saw on tv, not for sure if it was a regular show, like the Doctors, about wearing a bracelet made up of magnets?  Anyone know about that?

Rague
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Magnet and/or copper bracelets have been around since in the 1960's and touted as a 'cure all' for arthritis by some.  I've never tried them but did know some who did - well that's not quite true I have some copper jewelry but have it because I like the look of it.  

Winyan - The Power Within

Susan

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I saw on tv, not for sure if it was a regular show, like the Doctors, about wearing a bracelet made up of magnets?  Anyone know about that?

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I also know of some that say the magnets bracelet helps them.  If it works, I think that is great. 

Sue :)

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That sounds interesting Susan!  I will google it!  Thanks!

disneyfan2008
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My hands are very bad..I had surgery on two fingers (one each hand) not much help. I just went back after years and I was going to start taking Celebrix but read side effects (I have ulcertive colitis) and not good with bleeding issues with in testines. I got some suppliment-not sure of the name but I must make an appt with a specialist-for arthris.

 

I hope you get helpful info here

 

Denise

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Thank you everyone for all of this great advice, tips and information.  I know that something that you wrote will help me. 

Thanks again!

Leeza

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Just hoping that you get some relief Leeza.  Lots of good info here and tips!

Sue :)

JJDS
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I have some back pain too, but, it isn't really bad.  I haven't mentioned it to my onco or any of my doctors yet, but, I probably should.

I hope your pain goes away for you.

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Apparently I have arthritis in both shoulders and top of spine enough that it showed up in bone scan.  Makes it very difficult to exercise, even Yoga.  If I put a hot or cold pack on for even a few minutes when it starts up it helps me.  It's a daily thing now sadly.  I have just bought one of those spray on heat treatments and haven't used it yet but I will tell you what I think.  I also don't want to take more pills of any sort if possible, there is always the injections they can give if in the joints if very painful which I mostly hear work well.  Good posture may help, hence the Yoga.  They say oily fish such as kippers, sardines etc are good.............  Anti Inflammatories, but they are more tablets.  Hope you become more pain free one way or another.

Rague
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Have you tried a TENS Unit?

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I also take Aleve for pain.  With it, I take glucosamine/chondroitin.  I think the two together really helps.

Hugs, Debby

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I did buy some glucosamine pills, but wow, they are sure some big pills to get down.  I think I remember a post on here before about them helping, so, I will continue to take them.

Thanks again,

Leeza

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Yea, they are huge, but, I really think they help me and I hope they do you too Leeza.  From what I was told, it might take a month for them to really start helping, so, give it some time. 

 

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My hubby cut them, thinking it would be easier, but, it was actually harder as they had rough edges.  lol  Sweet of him to try something to help me.  I am getting them down whole.  I hope that in a month, I notice a difference. 

Thanks everyone!

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You might try this forum for Arthritis to see what they have to offer in ways to handle it.  Just a thought.

Doris

http://www.arthritisinsight.com/forum/

http://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/forums/

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Any relief yet Leeza?  I know it might still be too soon, but, I was hoping that your pain might be getting somewhat better.

 

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Yes, some Megan.  Thanks for asking.  I've got an appointment with a spine and pain management doctor too, to see what he says.

Hugs, Leeza

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