Shoulder pain and biologicals in combination with naproxen

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Hi, 

I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in 2017.

I’ve been 6 months on biologicals (Simponi) now. I have the feeling it’s helping although I still need to take naproxen every day. My doctor wanted me to slowly stop the naproxen, but the pain is coming back immediately once I skip only one pill. Does anyone recognize this? I really want to quit since it has been years I’m taking naproxen on a daily basis.

The shoulder pain is getting worse lately, I can hardly use my left arm. Does anymore have experience in treating shoulder pain through physiotherapy or other treatments?

I practice yoga everyday which I would recommend anyone suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis. It’s helping a lot against stiffness and overall pain. I also sleep much better.

Hope someone can give me some advice smile

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    Hi SVDH,

    So sorry to hear you are having such a rough go of it. I too suffered from AS for years, and the biologics were helpful in managing the inflammation, but I did not overcome my AS, and become off all meds for the past 8 years, until I cleaned up my diet and got rid of all the inflammatory food triggers. For me it was not about eliminating certain foods, it was about eliminating classes of foods that are known to cause inflammation. I suffered AS for 20 years, was bedridden at one point, and all my lower vertebra fused together. Now I have been off all meds for the past 8 years, lift weights, bike and skateboard every day at age 54. My diet: no gluten (wheat, flour, rye or barley), no dairy, low lectin, no refined sugars, low sugar carbs, grass fed organic meats, wild caught fatty fish and shell fish, no juice, limited almonds/macadamia/walnuts (these are the low lectin nuts), and very limited non-GMO corn (90% of corn is GMO), no processed foods/oils. Half my daily diet is consumed in it's raw state. Each meal is 30% protein (meats/fish), 30% carbs & 30% fats/oils. Typical daily meals include organic sweet potato or yam mashed with coconut oil and sea salt, 4 oz of wild blueberries, can of wild sardines, 4 oz of beef or chicken, two vegetable smoothies, and 1-2 teaspoons of raw organic honey. I also supplement with a scoop of fish collagen powder, a scoop of quality pea powder, 1/2 teaspoon of ashwaghanda powder, fish oil, magnesium, and vitamin B6, B12, D3 & K2-MK7. Eliminate all flourinated tap water and toothpaste, and replace with quality spring water (Crystal Geyser). Soon you will be defecating 2-3 times per day, which means that you are on the road to health. Last, after my AS resided, I connected with a functional medical specialist who started addressing all the systems in my body that were affected by the inflammatory foods I had eaten. AS is just the tip of the inflammatory ice berg. Once that is gone, you need to closely look at the adrenals, thyroid, immune system and digestive health, which more or less come back on line after your diet has been corrected. It's all related. Last, eliminate artificial light sources as much as possible, mainly blue light in computer/cell phone displays. They shut down dopamine production in the eye, which control dopamine secretion in the brain. Also get a minimum of 15 minutes of direct morning sunlight at least 3 times per week. We are photoelectric beings, meaning that our eyes and skin absorb photons/electrons from the sun, which charge the mitochondria in our cells, which are the cell's battery to drive cellular processes. Reducing blue rays and getting sunlight (without glasses or contact lenses on, and preferably as much skin exposure as possible...shorts & bare chest), will yield immediate results that you will perceive in energy, mood, cognitive functioning and tissue regeneration. Luck!

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    Hi,

    I took an nonsteroidal for many years too and felt I couldn't go without because of the inflammatory pain but on Cosentyx I am able to stop taking the nonsteroidal pretty much completely. I believe the nonsteroidal was also making me anemic.

    I had shoulder pain because my shoulder joint wasn't aligned after either sleeping on one side too much because I couldn't sleep on my back or some other pressure on it causing it to go off kilter. A physical therapist can help you assess this and restore movement. Better to do it now than wait too long that your joint gets used to that position. It will also decrease the inflammation overall if your shoulder is less painful.

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      Thanks for the help! My shoulders aren’t aligned neither. I’ve seen my rheumatologist yesterday and he said there’s a nerve compressed in my neck and suggested me to wear a neck brace if it doesn’t improve with vitamin B supplements.
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    I have shoulder pain and had AS 30+ years. My Gastro Dr won't let me use NSAIDS due to damage caused my intestines. I take Tylenol and tramadol. I take Cosentyx. But only have completed loading dose. My shoulder pain is complement to neck pain. Both caused by Osteoarthritis. Lidocaine patches 5%, helps some, as well as Voltaren he'll. Its a unsaid but rub on area. Nothing helps me 100%. Physical therapy helped is worth the time. Had nodules (muscle fibers misaligned) and she worked them out. Drinking lot water helps remove toxins. Best

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    I recommend going to a hot springs and spending at least a week there , there are different hot springs so u should choose before u go and im speaking from experience.
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