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Monday, March 11, 2013

My neck is a bit better today but still stiff. I have been using arnica cream for my neck and hands and feet. My arthritis is really acting up and I think it's time for me to check out a good doctor and also work with my homeopathic guy. I did have a test once to see if I had rheumatoid and the test came back negative but everyone that looks at my crippled hands say that I need to get tested again as everyone thinks I have RA. My hands and feet do look crippled and they really are beginning to bother me. So it is on my list. The only thing though is that I am afraid of western meds and the side effects. But knowledge is power and I need to know what my options are.
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    Glad the arnica helped. I hope that you don't have RA.
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  • LINDA!
    So sorry about the pain. emoticon
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    OMG, I do hope you feel better!!!! emoticon
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    Good luck and my prayers go with you that you will find answers and solutions.
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    wish I could be of some help, but I got nuthin, other than if it's just a posture thing, try real hard to sleep in a different position and see if it helps
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    Ah, Sallie, I'm sorry to hear this. You deserve good pain relief, but even more so, you deserve a diagnosis to determine what the problem might be. Could your internist refer you to a rheumatologist? They're the real experts when it comes to differentiating between RA and osteoarthritis, which you still might have... In any event, Western pharmaceuticals can offer some absolutely amazing benefits in slowing down so many disease processes, as I know from the benefits I've received from the one that's almost stopped my MS in its tracks. You'll need a good diagnosis first, though, so it's important to pursue that. I know how overwhelming this can feel, though, so a gentle hug to you as you seek the best advice you can find..
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    I hope you are able to find some answers...and then the solutions to help your hands and feet.
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  • IRP1114
    Hope you find good options Sallie. Glad to hear your neck is better today. emoticon
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    Sallie: Sorry to hear about your pain. I hope you feel better soon!
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  • BERRY4
    Here's a possible resource if you can find a way to pick it up... I have found several things HAVE made a difference for me. You will have to find what works for you.

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    I could not agree with you more -- knowledge is power. You need to find out everything you can and then you will be able to choose the option that's right for you. emoticon
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    Sorry it's acting up and causing you more pain. If it's any consolation, mine is also with my hip causing lots of night pain. I know that doesn't make it any easier, just know you're not alone in the suffering.
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    Oh, Sallie. So sorry you are suffering. Dealing with medicine and doctors isn't fun, either. Please take good care of yourself. Your awareness of the limitations of the medical treatment practiced is valuable. I know you will check out everything and make wise choices. Take care.
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    RA is not nice! I hope you can get the answers that you are looking for. Homeopathic is a great start, but you may need to just get it checked with a MD. Just because a traditional MD tells you to take something doesn't mean you have to. With today's availability to websites and information, you can always look up any med that a MD recommends as well as your homeopathic.

    Hang in there! I hope you find relief soon!
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    RA is a bugger to deal with. I have RA and osteo, but just keep going. I agree wtih you about ANY meds . . . there's good and bad affects. My philosophy . . . nothing is written in stone. If a conventional med is prescribed and it doesn't work or doesn't feel right, you stop it with the Drs. knowledge, of course, and move on.

    Good luck!
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    Sorry... I hope you get some answers.
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    What a devil to contend with, I hope you get some answers and some relief soon Sallie emoticon
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    Main thing is you are aware to be wary of western medicine. You have a good head on your shoulders (pun intended) check your options. You are so right knowledge is power.
    Glad to hear you have a homeopathic guy.
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  • LIS193
    So sorry you are dealing with this. My DD was diagnosed at 14 with RA and I know how crippling the effects are. Limiting nightshade vegetables and grains can be a big help. (Sorry that includes beer)
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