when i couldn't get my bra on without my daughter's help, i finally did something about my chronic pain. i couldn't straighten my arm over my head and lifting anything with that arm was out of the question. i had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia years before but the stress of losing our house to hurricane katrina in '05 and living with the in-laws in another city pushed the pain up several notches. i was sent to a chiropractor and discovered water aerobics. i also had to use some medications so i could sleep. restful sleep is important to healing. a car accident in '10 set me back some and damaged my hands (i'm a music teacher) and i started meloxicam and flexeril. today i have very little pain and am working on weight loss. it can be done but you have to get out there and DO something about it. some meds might be necessary at certain points. work with your doctor and listen to your body. good luck!
P.S. i got divorced three years after katrina, my hands are almost completely back to normal, i re-married right after that car accident and it's amazing how little pain i have.
1/9/14 8:32 A
Thanks, everyone, I truly appreciate all of your input. I'll save medication as a last resort, but if that's the only thing that ends up working for me, it's got to be better than being in pain nearly 24/7. I can't even lift my arms above my head without pain because it's in my shoulders as well.
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1/8/14 10:51 P
I have rheumatoid arthritis and I resisted the medications for years out of fear of the side effects. Honestly though the only thing that has ever really provided me with real relief is the medication.
Everyone has to make their own decisions about this; it's very personal. I decided I wanted to have a better quality of life for however long that is. The medications give me that. I can work out; I can run around with my kids; I can open the bottles of medicine when one of my kids has a fever. I couldn't do that before. It's worth it to me. But it took a lot of years for me to reach that point.
(((hugs))) pain is so hard to live with. I hope you find the relief you need.
I have had surgery on both knees but after therapy and with regular exercise they are pretty good now. My shoulders, arms and hands have arthritis and I toss and turn at night to relieve the shoulder pain. I can't lift anything more than 20 lbs, I can't grip with my hands without pain, and I can't lift my arms above my head without pain. My Dr is encouraging me now to try to add some strength to improve the muscles around the joints, similar to what the PT advised about recovering after knee surgery. Your joint doesn't suffer as much pressure if the muscles around it are strong and supportive. I take Aleve for muscle soreness, and use topical creams for joints. I also have ice packs and microwave packs for hot and cold therapy. I haven't wanted to go up on painkillers or other medications yet. I'm especially worried about my hands, as my grandmother became crippled in her hands and had to retire early. I am about to hit my 1 year anniversary without a period and I'll be 50 in 2014 , and all of these aches and pains have come on strong in the past 2 years.
1/8/14 3:34 P
Monie, do muscle relaxers actually work for pain? What kind do you use?
Also a couple of you have mentioned acupuncture. That intrigues me. Maybe I'll ask my doctor about that as well and see what she thinks.
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As a matter-of-fact, I suffer from all of the above & then some...just found out on yesterday that I have bursitis in my hip joints!!!! REALLY!!! Due to other conditions, I rely on muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories, etc. BUT...I like to walk, & will do my very best to incorporate that as much as I can. Prayerfully, this will lend assistance to my overall condition.
In the end, you have to work with your doctor & find what works best for you...
1/8/14 3:02 P
Yep, I agree as well. Will probably be seeing my doc again here in a couple of months and we'll see from there.
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I agree that you need a concrete diagnosis and a concrete plan for how you are going to treat it.
1/8/14 2:19 P
Thanks for all the replies, very good suggestions.
I agree that keeping moving helps, but there are some days I can barely move at all. And yes, I followed up with my doctor and she knows I'm not taking the medication. She hasn't really suggested any other alternatives, though. I have one of those doctors that's in and out of the room so quick that half the time I forget what I want to talk to her about.
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1/8/14 12:32 P
I have bad knees as a result of blowing my ACL when I was a teenager. My knees have never been the same. However, I did find that taking yoga on a regular basis DID help with improving range of motion, balance and coordination. Tree pose is not one of my better poses because of my knees. Doing yoga balance poses has helped my knees. Like I said, they'll never be like new anymore. but, I have seen gradual improvement with continued yoga practice. So, you might ask your doctor about taking yoga classes. And you would need to work with an instructor. Some poses will help and some could hurt.
I have done accupuncture. Thinks it's absolutely fabulous. It helped me recover from a couple of nasty injuries. Will it help you ? hard to say.
And I do agree that you should ask your doctor about physical therapy too. That's another good option.
I occasionally ache around my injuries (back and knee surgeries) and I stick to an anti-inflammatory diet, avoid wheat, and definitely cut way back on sugars and salt. But if the weather changes ... all bets are off. (I still watch the diet but I Take Aleve)
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1/8/14 11:03 A
I agree with the advice to keep moving. I have a wonky knee (arthritis, most likely, as my mom has awful knee pain) and it's worse if I don't exercise. I mostly walk/hike, do the treadmill, spin bike and rowing machine. I also try to do exercises for the core, such as crunches and planks. Keeping the weight low also will reduce joint pain to some degree.
Don't know if this will help you, but it won't hurt. When I was at your stage of life I had a lot of knee pain. It really hurt to walk stairs and I avoided them if at all possible. After I lost 80 pounds, gradually increasing exercise over years, I no longer have knee pain. Best wishes.
1/8/14 8:52 A
What jumped out at me from your post was, "a year or so ago" and "sounded like bursitis". Also that you decided not to take the prescription, but don't mention ever following up with your doctor. Have you followed up? Mentioned your concerns about the medication with your doctor? Asked about PT or some tests to determine the cause of your pain? Is it bursitis or arthritis or what? If you're having great difficulty sleeping because of the pain, I think it would be helpful to nail down what the cause is, what the range of treatments (medication, PT, etc) are, and then be able to choose what course of action to take. And discuss with your doctor your concerns about medications and their side effects.
Don't forget that "natural" supplements have their side effects as well. Just because it comes from a plant or occurs in nature, doesn't mean it's benign. Most doctors these days not only want to know what prescriptions you're taking, but also all the OTC stuff and vitamins, supplements, etc too.
1/8/14 8:09 A
I have bad hip pain but have not been to the Dr to see what it's from. I walk everyday and moving it really helps. I also take an occasional Advil.
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I have fibromyalgia and fairly bad hip pain at times, which is probably from scoliosis.
The best thing that you can do is to keep moving. If you sit on your rear end, it will all get worse. I alternate weight-bearing exercises with non-weight-bearing exercise in order to increase what I am able to do. For me that means that I swim just about every other day and I try to stay away from running. I do not take any medication for fibro--if I exercise, I do not need it.
Could you ask your doctor about other prescriptions? It might be worth having a long talk with your pharmacist too, about the risks vs. benefits of the Rx and the possibility that any of the side effects will actually happen to you.
1/7/14 8:20 P
How about a physiotherapist?
That's always worked better for me instead of, or in conjunction with, pain medication.
1/7/14 8:12 P
Thank you so much for the responses so far, it's much appreciated.
I'm not sure a chiropractor would be able to help, but it's something I suppose I can look into.
MISSJANE55, my hip pain is outer, not in the groin area. I sometimes get sharp pains that shoot clear down my leg. Touching my outer hips is tender. My other problem area is my shoulders. Some days I can't even lift my arm above my head without pain. Not so much in my back, although lying on my back for long periods can cause discomfort. But, again, most of the pain is in my hips.
1/7/14 6:55 P
I have been suffering with arthritis in my knees from age 25. It is currently 5 degrees outside with a wind chill of 15 mph making the temps in the negatives. My knees are killing me.
I usually soak in some epsom salts with a little peppermint soap and then apply tiger balm. I have tried compression wear and that did not help. Generally I try to avoid going out in the damp or cold weather.
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1/7/14 6:51 P
Hi. Thanks for your post. I'm 55 years old and have had both hips replaced. I have had all of the above and more. What is a little frustrating is that I have kept a clean diet and been physically active all my life. So, a big part of this is inherited. Through a lot of 'research' into the matter I have become a non-drug user in this regard: all of the drugs that have been prescribed to me have serious long term side effects. Epson Salts soaks for Bursitis and lots of Bromelain (a simple digestive enzyme) and a inflammation free diet. Arthritis is an umbrella term that means a lot of things. It's not something I can talk to you about without knowing more specifics. However, I would say that if your hip pain is in the groin area as opposed to the outer hip area, then you should get it x-rayed. And if there is deterioration in the joint due to arthritis, I would recommend getting your hip replaced soon rather than later if that is what the doc recommends. Yoga for arthritis is a very effective tool for pain. So is Acupuncture. I swear by both. I am relatively very happy at this point even though there are more diagnosis's that have been assigned to this body then I can name. Blessings.
I lived for quite a bit with hip and knee pain, and working with a chiropractor that specializes in Active Release Therapy (ART) has helped me immensely. I didn't specifically have bursitis (at least not that was diagnosed), but your sleep sounds a lot like how my sleep used to be - my hip was the determining factor in sleeping or not, and for how long, and I constantly was awoken by it and had to change position to ease the pain. I also hobbled sometimes - in my 20s!!! I now only have sporadic pain if I stay sitting/laying down waaay too long, and 95% of the time there isn't pain or hobbling, and I can do things like run and sleep again!
Talk to a chiropractor. I hope they're able to help you!
I suffer from chronic joint pain. I have adverse reactions to a lot of medications, so I try to do things naturally. I have found that the more I walk and exercise consistently, the better I feel. I still have pain, but I am able to function normally. I try to follow a pretty strict anti-inflammatory type diet and I also take a few supplements such as evening primrose oil, vitamin D, magnesium and turmeric.
Honestly, I'm not sure it makes a big difference as I still have a lot of pain, but I try to remember that if I wasn't doing these things, I might feel a lot worse.
When my insurance covered it, I used to get accupuncture weekly and I loved it. If I could, I would still do that, so you might want to give that a try.
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1/7/14 6:19 P
I relieve it with swimming, yoga and liquid glucosamine. I went into perimenopause at 40 and in full menopause having just turned 50. I have always been athletic but now I do Triathlons and through that yoga has worked wonders.
1/7/14 6:08 P
Does anyone else here suffer with joint pain from either of the conditions listed, or perhaps something else? And, if so, what do you do to relieve it?
About a year or so ago, I believe I started into the fun phase of life - - perimenopause. And it's been a living hell ever since. Heavy, irregular periods, anxiety and body pain are the main things I deal with. The pain is mostly in my hips and shoulders. I went to my doctor about it and she told me it sounded like bursitis and gave me a script to take (Meloxicam) but after reading about this drug, I decided not to take it because of the possible side-effects.
(yeah, I'm one of those paranoid people who researches drugs before I take them and that usually always ends up with me tossing the prescription into the trash)
So basically my question is this: do any of you live with body pain? Some days are better than others for me. Some days it doesn't bother me much and other days I'm hobbling around like I'm 90 years old. I constantly turn from one side to the other every night because lying on one side for too long makes my hip hurt and I have to turn over to relieve the pain. Then once that side starts hurting, I flip back to the other side. I can't sleep on my back because that hurts, too.
So if you live with body aches/pain, what do you do to relieve it? Has anyone here ever taken Meloxicam with successful results? What about holistic approaches, like maybe natural supplements? I'd rather take a natural supplement than a chemically-laden prescription drug.
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