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    My net went off as I was posting the reply about meds, and an hour or so I tried to load again and pressed the send again...hense 2 identical posts an hour apart.
    Sorry didn't think it would be interpreted as me having a go.
    But your right about pointing out about alternative pain relief, I had assumed the op had probably tried these first?
    I find great benefit in accupuncture, pain relief doesn't last that long but I do get a good nights sleep on the day. Also bathing with essential oils relax me so I don't find that I'm holding effected joints stiff, that in turn can ease the pain too.
    I read that a centre for arthritis pain research opened in Nottingham this week?? I'm certainly interested in this development.

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    that double post thing happens to me all the time

    Nottingham is just up the road from me, im off to the docs tonight, as my back put me in tears this morning trying to get out of bed

    i dont know of any healers but i have a reiki lady in the village, i may give her a call

    thanks for all the advice and tips , i was a bit unsure if i should post , but im glad i did , thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serendipity View Post
    My net went off as I was posting the reply about meds, and an hour or so I tried to load again and pressed the send again...hense 2 identical posts an hour apart.
    Sorry didn't think it would be interpreted as me having a go.
    But your right about pointing out about alternative pain relief, I had assumed the op had probably tried these first?
    I find great benefit in accupuncture, pain relief doesn't last that long but I do get a good nights sleep on the day. Also bathing with essential oils relax me so I don't find that I'm holding effected joints stiff, that in turn can ease the pain too.
    I read that a centre for arthritis pain research opened in Nottingham this week?? I'm certainly interested in this development.
    Didnt think you were "having a go", just wondered why you had the sad smiliey.... didnt also realise you had the same post twice...lol

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    I have compression gloves and thumb splints for my hands. I don't have arthritis (I have Ehlers Danlos syndrome) but a lot of the symptoms I have in my hands are very similar to rhuematoid arthritis (so much so that my consultant insisted on blood testing me every six months in an attempt to prove I had RA despite me having already been diagnosed by an EDS specialist). Anyway, I got my splints and compression gloves from having a hand assessment with an OT - I self referred through our local hospital.
    I take tramadol, codeine and ibruprofen but mostly find them to be distracting rather than painkilling - usually, I'm so high as a kite, I don't really mind that my body hurts so much

    Personally, it sounds like you could do with going back to your specialist, or GP, and asking for a medication review and referral to an OT for assessing for splints and supports, etc. Do make sure these things are properly fitted, as an ill-fitting support can do more harm than good.
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    i was in so much pain getting out of bed , i went to my GP today,

    hes refered me back to the hospital, had my xrays this afternoon ,
    as a result im now on pethidine 50 mg 2 3 times a day when it gets really bad,

    tramadol and codiene at other times

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    well i ahve literaly just finished my 5000 word essay on osteoarthritis so can tell you everything you may ever possibly need to know about it!! ahve you tried taking glucosamine and chondroitin supplements? there are a wide variety of supprts you can use and accupuncture comes highly recommended. physiotherapists can be of benefit too. hydrotherapy can be a good treatment as can gentle exercise such as yoga and walking. if you are overweight then losing weight can help to put less strain on the joints. you can use herbal remedies and poulticies, or apply hot pads to the affected areas.


    let me know if that is any use or if i ahve missed soemthing major before i submit my essay!!!

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    thanks sunshine, im unable to take glusomine as im a veggie ,

    im looking into hydrotherapy at the moment, and stange you should say about heat, i used a hot water bottle on my lower back last night and i was in heaven, really helped

    im losing weight as i know its not helping

    acupunture i know nothing about, but will definatly look into it, thank you

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    ah so you cant take chondriotin either being a veggie then. you can get wrap around heat packs from www.hotties.co.uk which are much easier than a hot water bottle as you can do them up and walk around with them on. if you are a size 8/10 or under though you may need to add extra velcro as mine was a bit too big so couldnt move much without it falling down! they should do them in a small size. but i would say they probably would fit up to about size 20.. not really sure how big that is though so just guessing!!

    my physio wnats me to start hydrotherapy as wlel as i currently ahve physio twice weekly which is definately helping a bit!! thinking about acupuncture as well so if you do that let me know how it goes!!

    and if you or anyone else wants to know anything about osteoarthritis, then i can literally tell you all!!

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    im an 18 in tops, typical apple shape, thin legs, huge belly , but i have them suitcase elastic strapping things, they might help me to keep one on

    dont know why, but im nervous about physio

    iv left a message on an answer phone about acupunture, will definatly let you know if it helps

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    physio is fab!! im on my thrid physio as i didnt get on with the first who was nhs, so then went private and my first physio couldnt figure out what was wrong with me ( i have multiple issues and she didnt know what to do to help) and os i got referred to the senior physio at the hospital and get on with ehr great and shes really helping. it does help honestly so give it a go!!

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