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I had both knees replaced last year in two total knee replacement surgeries. Knees are GOOD!
My problem NOW is that other body parts are SCREAMING!
I've been using Ibuprofen several times a day. I keep moving and use IcyHot roll-on for my lower back. Warmth helps with my fingers and shoulders, but I just know there are some other things that I could/should try.
Help, please! Thanks SO much!😊
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ARE you taking any medication that you might be allergic to?
I've heard of the TENS machine and recently I heard that several pain reliever companies are offering a similar product that uses batteries and is a pad that sticks on. This could be a good solution for my lower back.
How often do you/ can you use the TENS machine throughout the day?
No, I only take Ibuprofen, a multivitamin, my blood pressure pill, and fish oil liquigels.
Go to your doctor and ask for Naproxen, it's anti-inflammatory tablet that will help you. I'm on the highest dose which is 500mg but they do a 250mg. Taken 1 twice a day with food and this will help you with your pain. I have to say it's one of the best tablets for me as it takes away that niggerling pain and helps me with my day. Also as a treat a hot stone massage will help and make you feel on top of the world for a few days but sadly won't take away the pain. I suffer with Arthritis badly both hips, knees and back, so I know where your coming from. Good luck and I wish you well in your quest to find a solution for your pain relief xx
The hot stone massage sounds WONDERFUL!😊
My heating pad is my GO-TO when I can sit down for awhile. It helps my lower back better than anything else.
You just reminded me of the massager I have for my car! Several years ago it saved me when we needed to drive all the way from Ohio to Minnesota for our son's NCAA Track Meet. I NEVER would have survived that trip without it! It had HEAT, too!🙌😊😁🙌 It's in our crawlspace. Will go hunt it out and have it for the car!
I saw a Rheumotologist six years ago. He did all the blood testing to rule out various types of arthritis. I tested negative for each, SO it was determined through X-RAYS that OSTEOARTHRITIS was my problem. Apparently Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that isn't confirmed through blood testing but is actually SEEN on X-RAYS.
Now, it IS possible that something else COULD be going on. I see my primary care doctor next month. Will check then. Thanks for the new thought!!!
I'm not suggesting for a minute that you have PMR, it's not that common. But it is another of those things for which there is no definitive test. The doctors go by symptoms. I actually self diagnosed myself by putting my symptoms into google, and it came up with polymyalgia rheumatica, but I didn't think I could possibly have anything so serious it would require steroids to treat its, so forgot about it. It took over a year and a new doctor to diagnose me!
I hope you get relief and feel better. Different diseases require different treatments. A solid diagnosis makes treatment easier to discover!
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