Hey fellow sufferers
In a nutshell, if you've got arthritic joints what helps you? I have no expectation of ever being pain-free but any noticeable reduction in pain, however small, would be great.
What pain relief do you use? I take paracetamol 3 times a day every day and that takes the edge off, nothing more. I think I want something stronger for the days when I know I'm going to be walking. But I don't want to take it every day.
How about all the alternative supplements, creams, whatever? Either I haven't used them long enough to get the benefit or they just don't do anything. I quite like Biofreeze cream for some immediate relief but it doesn't last for long. I like acupuncture but again the benefits are a few hours, not a few days.
At one time I had capsaicin cream, that was quite good for the evenings when I was sitting and I could feel my joints aching, it made them feel sort of warm and less achy. I have to get that from the gp though and he's not a fan of anything alternative.
Right now I'm trying a box of Seven Seas supplements with turmeric, I'm on day 25 or something and I can't say I've noticed any difference at all. I suspect maybe my joints are just so bad that none of these small things are going to make a noticeable difference and I'm throwing my money away.
I had a steroid injection last year which was fab, but I was told I could only have maybe 4 or 5 in one joint in my whole life, so that's one every 10 years. I was completely pain free for about 4 months which was just amazing. I think that's why I'm so down about my pain now, because I remember what it was like to not have it.
How about things like Curable? Has anyone used that? I get put off my people talking about 'bananas' all the time. But maybe if I took it a bit more seriously I might get some results?
Any tips or suggestions welcome. I so wish we had a board of our own, I'm sure someone has already posted something very similar to this but I looked back through about 4 pages of threads and couldn't find anything.
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CHRONIC PAIN- tips for managing arthritic joints
Rae36 · 29/03/2021 22:13
Hey fellow sufferers
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