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I have severe osteoarthritis in my ankles and knees
Any suggestions? I am on a blood thinner so ibuprofen is not an option although it seems to work well.
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I use acetaminophen with my ibuprofen. I find flannel sacks of rice/lavender seeds…what ever you like, warmed 2 minutes in the microwave work wonders. For some reason they help me better than a heating pad or hot water bottle.
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Thank you.i will give it a try.
Thank you for starting a conversation on ankle & knee arthritis. I have some personal experience with these ailments as well. I have had my right knee replaced due to end-stage arthritis and have end-stage arthritis in both of my ankles as well. I have now had my left ankle fused and am postponing doing that with my right ankle as long as I can hold on.
I tried many things over the years. Ankle braces were about the only thing that kind of helped. I also tried Celebrex but didn’t see any results from that and ultimately decided to discontinue it. Have you discussed custom ankle braces with your medical provider? There are prosthetics out there that will make custom molds of your ankle and custom fit braces, they help stabilize your ankles and it can help with taking some of the pressure off of your ankles when you are active. I also have hemophilia, meaning my blood does not clot on its own, so I also cannot take ibuprofen. I take tylenol when the pain is really bad, but as you may know tylenol’s power is limited. I’ve learned the best thing for me is listening to my body when the joints are feeling inflamed and to take multiple breaks, and at the end of the day to elevate the joints and ice them.
@howardk, if you don’t mind sharing a bit more, what options have been discussed with you? Have you thought about asking about custom braces? Are you also looking at joint surgeries or is your arthritis not yet to that stage?
I forgot to post this link as well. It is a Video Q&A with a Mayo Clinic physician on ankle arthritis prevention & intervention, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/facebook-live-foot-and-ankle-arthritis-prevention-and-intervention/.
I am seeing my internist on Monday October 30 to review my current knee X-rays . I will update this reply later that week. Thank you for the suggestions.
I hope you are seeing a rheumatologist. I have been on Humira for three yrs and it has slowed the progression of the disease
I will put one on my list of treatments.
Dr you can recommend?
I’m in Bradenton, fl. Where t u?
I was prescribed cortisone shots in both knees, November 7 appointment. I am hoping that is the correct decision. Originally I was thinking Synvisc would be a better option but I was told cortisone would be more effective. I will update my status within a week
Cortisone injected in both knees yesterday morning. So far, so good!
I hope it works for you. I’ve had it done twice but it only helped for a few weeks. I don’t want knee replacement so I may try again.
I am beginning to feel foot paid that I think is due to arthritis which I have in my knees. Anyone had experience with this?
I am 33 years old and I have OA in my Left SI joint and my whole spine I also suffer from cervical stenosis… can this be related to autoimmune?
They say the worse the pain, the more you should move.
I have personally found that advice hard to take.
I used to get a prescription dose of ibuprofen with stomach meds mixed in. Sorry I cannot remember the name of the prescription. It worked well except after time, it causes major issues with my stomach. Soon after, I had weight loss surgery and you cannot take any ibuprofen or aspirin type meds. I don't find and strength of Tylenol type meds help.
I HAVE found that being in a warm water pool helps. I have gone through aquatic physical therapy and it did help. After I was done with the therapy, I joined a gym that had the therapy pool. Also, the Arthritis Foundation has classes throughout the country. It might be worth a try.
Good luck and have a pain free day…..
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