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Fran - thank you I will do that. I just might call and see what they have to say. Bev


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Good idea. Doctors don't tell us anything unless we specifically ask. Look up both kinds on the internet and go in armed with knowledge. Good luck.
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Fran, now you got me to thinking. I have no idea. All I know is I put in drops in the morning and evening. Will have to ask my doctor. hmmm Bev


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Which kind of glaucoma? Wet or dry? Makes a big difference! Hopefully it's dry and you won't have any major problems.

Been a long day.
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Fran -- Good news about your eye, hopefully the next one will go well too. I go to Starbucks to read to get out of the house and also Franklin my Maine Coon car of 15 years does not like me reading or on the computer. He likes to sit on the book, or his tail is always on the book and I have to move it to turn the page. Sometimes when I am on the computer he sits in front of it, so I have to type blind and hope I don't make mistakes. I happened to find a cat video on UTUBE and put it on and boy did that get his attention. As for my eyes I have Glaucoma in my left eye but have no problem reading YET. My mom is 93 and just had Cataract surgery and it went well for her. Bev


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That is wonderful news of your eye sight improvement. I have gotten to the point of really appreciating a screen that you can increase the size of print. My DH surprised we with one this Christmas. Total unexpected. I'm still over whelmed by it. This weekend we got a cover for it so it doesn't slip out of my hands. It makes a big improvement on holding it. I used it so much yesterday my shoulder/neck is sore today.But, reading is so fun. I really enjoy all the articles on this site.
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Bev, I had cataract surgery on my left eye the beginning of January. I'll have the right one done Valentine's Day. The new lens they put in eliminated the cataracts, eliminated the astigmatism, corrected my double vision, etc., etc., etc. They tell me I won't ever have to wear glasses again. Time will tell!

Why do you go to Starbucks to read? Just curious. If you're reading a Nook, or a Kindlefire you don't need the WiFi except to download the books. Speaking of Kindlefire, I am hearing a lot of complaints about the batteries not holding up long enough. No complaint on the Nook - I have 4 Nook readers - they are not internet capable - just for reading books. I read at home in my kickback chair - probably more than I should. When I am reading everything else disappears. I can take a trip anywhere I want to go, without baggage (of any kind). It's great!!!

Time to get off this silly machine and take care of dinner. My kitty is nagging.
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Fran, that sure makes sense. What are you having done to your eyes? Every Wed and Friday I go to Starbucks and relax and unwind and read one of my books. They make a special drink for me and It is called "The Beverly" LOL. I used to go there every day after work to unwind because my job was soo stressful, now I cut back to only two days. But the reading is so restful, and most people there know not to bother with me and let me read. Hope your eye surgery goes well, keep me posted Bev


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Bev, I have enough books here to keep me busy for probably years. They were all given to me a few years ago by a friend. Because my eyes got really bad I couldn't read them, so I boxed them and put them in storage. On my Nook I can adjust the size of the print, and the distance between lines, and it is backlit so I can read it. Now that I have my Nook, I am having my eyes fixed - maybe I can go back to reading real books in a few weeks?
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Fran - I can relate to the paycheck. I worked till I was 71. I have now paid off my mobile home, car and have a new roof, heating system all paid for, so now I can financially handle life. I read all the time. Have a Kindle but I guess I am still old fashioned and love to actually turn the pages.
I belong to a book club and trust me they come up with books I have never even heard of. I read to enjoy they read to analyze what the author was thinking, blah blah blah. It is a nice social gathering and I enjoy the ambiance, and it is pot luck indicative to the food mentioned in the book. Here at the park I have a knitting/crocheting class on Mondays from 10 - 12 and I enjoy that. I do stay very active considering my bad knees. Bev


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Bev, I found a solution to those days - it's called a Nook. When all else fails I can always read. Had cataract surgery on a Thursday, couldn't go back to work until Monday. Had lots that needed doing but the Dr said to take it easy. That suited me fine - I sat in my favorite chair with my Nook and read a good book.

I still work full time, but I live and work in the same place, to it is easy to sluff off when I don't feel like working. At my age I really do take advantage of that. Should retire, but the paycheck comes in handy. One of these days - - - - - ?

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MISWULF1--I worked in ER for 4 years as a Pt Reg Clerk, then 10 years as a Financial Counselor at a local Hospital Med Center. As a Fin Cnlsr had to go to pts rooms and ask for co-pays. Going to Trauma ICU and Cardiac ICU were always a challenge. Was told to do things that were not anatomically possible LOL Got used to the name calling and got a thick skin. I am sure you are aware of all the problems with meds giving you were a CNA. Glad your husband kicked the habit and is doing well. There are some days I just cannot do things and just sit down and look at all the things I should be doing and can't. Gets frustrating. But losing the weight is a good start for me and I am embracing it. Have to hope LIFE doesn't get in the way. Bev


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Feeling like I opened a can of worms there. LOL. I was a CNA for 6 years until it ruined my shoulder. My experience didn't so much come from there as it did with my dad who went from being a VERY active 62 year old to a 73 year old dying of cancer and other heart/lung/kidney problems that I am sure was mostly in part due to a doctor with an overactive sense of pill pushing.

And then there is Hubby, who has gone through 3 back surgeries in a years time, has hypoglycemia and high blood pressure and is the reason for my ongoing home pharmacy. Maybe at this point I should just buy stock in the drug companies.

I am at fault though for Hubby's addiction (which he kicked by the way) to hydrocodone. Because of the stress with his inury, and property management, work, kids, I was so tired I truly overdosed him. Granted he slept like a baby, but I don't know what I would have done had he died due to my negligence. Thankfully that is all behind us now.

Still, being aware is what matters.

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Long53 - I agree with you, in my Sr Park we are always seeing a bus (ambulance) or fire truck coming in and it is sometimes because people mix meds think they forgot to take them and take them again. Fortunately for me the only OTC meds I take is Aleve. So I don't have to worry about interacting any drugs. After working in the ER I have seen it all with Senors. I know the pitfalls with meds and are extremely careful.


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Becky, you are so right. I am a senior, and I manage a Senior Mobile Home Park, so I have seen it all (well, almost). I have, in my younger days, acted as an advocate for the Seniors at the ER and I couldn't believe some of the things I saw and heard.

In the private home, they mix medi's, they forget to take their prescribed medi's, or if they are like my DH, they decide for themselves what they need to take regardless of doctor's orders.

Medications can be helpful, and they can be lethal. Perhaps we all should take a closer look at what we take, and not let our pain and/or discomfort lure us into doing things that are dangerous.
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MisWulf1, you're so right about making sure that meds don't interact. This is a big issue with any of us that have to see specialists along with our regular docs, as so often meds get prescribed without the docs knowing what each other is doing. I'm a nurse and see this a lot with my patients, especially those who are older. One doc prescribes blood pressure meds, another one prescribes pain meds, another one prescribes a diuretic, and on and on and on... and then people wonder why they never feel good...

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I apologize if this seems rude, but all drugs, whether they be prescription, over the counter, name brand or generic lose their effectiveness when taken enough. Sometimes all you can do is switch them up. Depending on the other medications you take, antiinflammatories such as Aleve and Advil are a no no! Depending on your pain killers, Tylenol is also out. The doctors should be informing us all of that. If not, please question them about it. If still not, then it might be time to switch your doctor.

Of course, it all depends on your treatment plan too. Unfortunately, my house is almost a pharmacy. We have HBP meds, script anti-inflammatories, Tylenol, Aleve, more pain meds than I want to even think about, and yet Hubby can take the Aleve and I have to take the Tylenol. Dr's orders.

So please, all I ask is that you are aware of what OTC's you are switching up to get the results you need/want so that they don't react with your regular medications. Would break my heart to hear that someone took the wrong OTC with their regular meds.



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I never take any medication on an empty stomach unless told to do so. I have never tried the Wal-Mart brand but I will check it out. Thank you.


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Bev, you can get Aleve as a generic at Walmart for much less money. I would also suggest always eating something before you take either Aleve or Aspirin. Your nurse friend should have told you that. It can cause internal bleeding on an empty stomach.
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miswulf1 - I tried taking Tylenol and it made me sick to my stomach, had to stop. I use ALEVE and that seems to work. One of the RN's that I worked with told me she is taking regular aspirin and then when that stops working goes back to ALEVE. Worth a shot. At this point willing to try anything. I have lots of booze and wine in my house as I used to own a Liquor store, but alas, I don't drink but I cook with it. Used to drive the Wine and Liquor reps crazy because I sold the most and they couldn't figure how because I never knew how it tasted. LOL


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Interesting article. I do take Omega 3 supplements daily. So I guess that's good. Sometimes I think my whole body is "out of control". Geez.

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thought this was kinda interesting..

www.livestrong.com/article/433463-an
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nti-inflammatory-diet-and-foods-inflR>ammation/


especially the part about trans fats

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Miswulf1--thank you for the info. Yes. I want to know what helps. Please keep me informed. I'm not adverse to taking a "swig" at night. I just haven't thought about it. Yes. weather does bother my joints. I also am bothered in my left thumb and wrist. It has be very painful since the temperature dropped into the 20's and 30's here. I do exercises to help it and also do exercises my orthopedist gave me. I went through therapy this past summer for a shoulder pain and it finally helped. Those I do every day to keep my shoulders and neck loose. They do help. I"m hoping for warm weather soon. Thanks for your help. As my uncle once said, "You need to be really healthy to get old"!

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Dachi9.. I currently take diclofenac potassium up to 3 times a day as well as a ton of extra strength tylenol. Both of which I am sure are not the best for me. Especially the tylenol. There are days when exercise is the bomb and I can run circles around the dogs... which is pretty amazing in itself... and then there are days I can barely move at all. Weather plays a huge part. Humidity changes are the worst!

Though I will NEVER recommend this to anyone... sometimes a good stiff drink after work is the key to getting comfortable. Should I be drinking? NOPE!! Not with HBP meds, but some of us do what we have to.

And with having said that... I am starting to look into anti-inflammation foods. Who knew that all those foods we ate as a kid were going to come back and bite us in the joints as adults? So I am looking to cut back on red meats... there goes that wonderful steak I had planned, and certain nightshade plants such as potatoes and tomatoes. That is just a couple, and I haven't had time to explore it much, but if it works I will be more than happy to let you all know how it goes

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Yes. I know what everyone means when they say they hurt everyday. I've just found out that I have osteoarthritis in my left knee. It's quite painful. Sometime ibuprofen helps and sometimes it doesn't . I really don't like to take it. But when you can't get comfortable enough at night to sleep , I take it. I would like to know what other people do to help find relief for the constant ache?

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miswulf1 - I have been doing it and have the patience and it seems to work. Just have to remember to do it before I stand up. I have a cat that sleeps at my feet sometimes or on top of me. Has a darn internal clock that wakes me up every morning at 5:30AM by tapping me on my face and meowing. Even if I put the food out for him the night before, he still wakes me up. You would think he would get it that I AM NOT GETTING UP that early. When he cannot wake me, he goes back to sleep next to me. LOL


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Just have patience. It's probably that the muscles are tight and that is why it's hard to stand. Lord knows that is my problem. That and I have 2 dogs that love to sleep under my feet.

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miswulf1 - sounds good. my pain is in the front of the knee and on the inside. I tried massaging and it seemed to help. I will continue and maybe it will be OK.


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depending on where your pain is, mine is on the outside of my thighs, it does work. i've even thought about picking up an unscented massage oil just for work to that i can make it through the night.

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massage sounds like a great idea for me. I am going to give that a try and see if it works. I sometimes sit for an hour and getting up is a challenge. Will try massaging before I rise and see what happens. Thanx


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actually had a slow night at work (work 3 pm to 1 am) where just standing was a complete nightmare. finally at about 11 i got it through my thick skull to just sit down and massage my thighs right above the knee. i had forgotten that (having gone through therapy and all) we would start out a session with massage and within minutes i went from barely walking/standing to practically running circles around myself. grabbing a stool and stretching helped too. most nights i don't have the opportunity to just take a break from all the hectic running around to do so and forget that even on breaks (when i am able to take them) that simple stretching and massage, even if for a few minutes, goes a long way. kind of helps too that i have a stim pak that hubby is supposed to use for his back (and doesn't work for him) available. emoticon

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Water is the best, but everyone doesn't have access to a pool. You might look into chair exercises. Gives a good workout without putting stress on the knees.
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Even if you don't have water aerobics nearby, if you have a pool go and just make up your own exercises. I've done that before and it helps.

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My knees are shot too, my RA is a beast! Water aerobics has saved my butt. Hope you can find some relief. emoticon


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My doctor did not recommend walking ether, but she did recommend a walk in the pool for 15 min and that helped. I also do the recumbant (?) bike at the gym when I can and that is helpful. The more exercise you can do on your upper thigh puts less pressure on the knee which is a joint that supports the body. I hope that helps. I do take two Aleve tablets and that will sometimes get me through the day.


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Although my massage therapist did not recommend walking, I find that a 10 to 15 min walk 3 times a week is helping my left knee. I'm working on adding time to this, but my asthma has so far prevented that.
I've also made great strides in making a positive attitude an important part of each day. It is working. When I get 'droopy' I have a wonderful friend with whom I can talk...she helps me to get into the right groove! Thank heaven for our 'girl' friends!!!
Hope this helps even a little bit.

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just saying hi and to say i also have arthritis. my poor knees kill me daily and the later it is in the day the more they hurt. any suggestions on getting rid of the pain? would love to get off the meds.
would love to stay away from another surgery as well. have had an orthroscope done 2 years ago and though it has helped some, my other knee suffers due to helping the other.

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