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What do you take for arthritis? Does it help?

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jnl
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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

JJDS
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When is your appointment?  Wishing you good luck with it!

JJ

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Be sure & let us know when and how your appointment goes.

Interested, Diane

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My appointment is next week.  Hubby is taking me as my mind wanders sometimes and I don't hear everything.  LOL  We'll make a nice day out of it, lunch and maybe some shopping!

I will let you know what I find out.  I hope he can help me without hurting me.  lol

Thanks everyone,

Leeza

June Bugs
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I hope your appointment works out for you and the doctor can help you.  I will be watching for an update.

Good luck,

June

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Watching to see what you found out.  Post an update Leeza.

 

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I go tomorrow to see this doctor so we will see what he suggests.  I have to say that by taking some of your ideas and suggestions that I am feeling better.  My hubby is taking me and we will go out afterwords, so, I am looking forward to that. 

Thanks again!  You sisters are wonderful, smart, kind and ever so helpful!

Love you, Leeza

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Good luck Leeza!  Crossing fingers that this doctor can help you.

Hugs, Debby

June Bugs
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Hoping you get a good plan today and relief from your pain.

June

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Leeza, how did your doctor's appointment go?

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He ordered a bunch of xrays and blood work, so, I don't have any plan or treatment from him yet.  When I go back for the results, I assume he will have some idea of what to do for me.  I will update you then.

Thanks a million pink sisters!

Love you all!

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Be sure and let us know.  Good luck Leeza!

JJDS
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Hoping your tests will help in your doctor helping you.

 

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just remember prolonged use of ibuprofen can damage the stomach and intestines.  Don't take any longer than 2 weeks with a two week break before taking again.  I find accupuncture gives me the best relief.  Also don't use hot compress.  It doesn't work on inflammation.  Use cold compress for like 10 minutes and take it off for 20 before using again.

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I've taken ibuprofen for pain after working outside too hard Vicki and found that if I took it over several days, that my stomach would get upset, so, I watch my taking of it now. 

Carlee
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Aleve actually works great for me with pain.  A prescription of Ibuprofen might help a lot more. 

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DebbyM
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I haven't taken the glucosamine tablets now for a couple of weeks.  I am just taking Aleve and my pain seems to be the same.  I am wondering if I could stop those glucosamine tablets totally?

 

Lynne P
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What is a TENS unit?  Do you buy it?  Is it expensive?

pegalina
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I just joined this website..however I went thru a double mastectomy..complete hysterectomy..for stage 3 breast cancer..I was told 6 yrs ago I had 1 yr to live..I'm now 48..however..I've developed RA arthritis..I know what u are going thru..dont take this the wrong way..but do u like to swim?..water exercise really helps..swear by it

JJDS
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Are you feeling better?  Is the pain better for you?  I understand you don't want to take pain pills.  Maybe just if you have a day that you really hurt, you could take one.

 

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I take Naproxen 500mg  I am supposed to take it one to two times a day but I am a bad patient so I take it when in hurt and keep taking it, then I forget cause the hurt stop, then it comes back and I get back to taking it.  It helps a lot!  Hope you find something that works for you! 

<3  RE

taylor manny
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RE, is that a prescription, the Naproxen? 

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I was wondering too if naproxen is a prescription or if I can buy it over the counter.  My doctor has recommended physical therapy and pain pills for now, but, I don't want to take the pain pills often.  He also said he could do some outpatient surgery for me that if I was a candidate, would help me for about 6 months possible.  But, I don't want to have to keep doing that if the pain comes back and he said it probably would.  Kind of lost..

Leeza

Lynne P
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You could look into acupuncture too Leeza.  What kind of surgery did he talk about?  Also, you need to be careful when taking pain pills.  Most, if not all, can become addictive and you don't want that. 

Lynne

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I have a friend that has physical therapy for pain and she says it really helps her Leeza.  I hope it helps you too, so, you don't even have to consider any surgery.

Hugs, Megan

disneyfan2008
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My daughter just gave me the name/  number for 2 local drs. She is interning and someone told her about accupunter-and said it really helps. I have not called yet-but will soon. Can't hurt to hear other optiones.

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I am thinking about it Denise.  I know acupuncture can help with so many things, that it's bound to help with this pain.  I will try anything once.  Well, maybe.  LOL 

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Did your doctor mention "Voltaren gel"?  It does take the pain away.  I went to see two bone doctors, one for my knee which had a lot of bone spurs, he drained it, gave me a cortisone shot and a prescription for Voltaren gel.  When I was home I went to see a bone oncologist and he approved of the voltaren gel on my knees and my shoulder with the problems.  

A painless try.

Doris

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jnl
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Doris, my pain doctor did give me a prescription for the Voltaren gel.  I just haven't gotten it filled yet.  Thanks for letting me know about it.

Leeza

survivorbc09
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Let us know too Leeza, if it works for you also.

Jan

gagee
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My sister uses Wellesse. It is a liquid and you mix it in some thing. Well i am not sure if she mixes it or drinks it straight but she swears by it. You can get it at CostCo and Sam's Club. Probably other drug stores also.  It is not really expensive if you buy it on line through CostCo. You acturally get almost twice the amount for half the price.  

taylor manny
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Wondering how you're doing with the pain, is it better?

jojo2
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I have been on Mobic (perscription) for years, just upped to 15 mg which has helped immensely. My hands were very swollen and my finger tip on ring finger is fuzed, no longer bends. Finally saw a rheumatologist and diagnosed with Erosive Arthritis. On Plaquenil, a slow acting anti inflammatory, feeling better. The most helpful thing I've done for my severe stiffness was go off wheat. Was reading about WHEAT BELLY book to get rid of middle and saw arthritis improvement in many of the book reviews. Decided to give it a 3 week trial. 5 days in my hands were much less swollen and my stiffness was cut in half. Not even tempted to eat wheat, the improvement is so remarkable. Need more planning to eat wheat free, but it is so worth it. Getting physical therapy to increase the strength in the muscles that have atrophied from so much inactivity. Feeling years younger. Keep seeking a doc til you find one that helps the problem. Good luck.

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