Osteoarthritis: Let's connect and support each other

Posted by suez @suez, Oct 4, 2019

Hello. I’ve been told I have osteoarthritis in my hands and hip — very painful. So far, I’m taking only Tylenol or Advil limitedly, and using Voltaren Gel which helps a little. Does anyone else have this and if so, how are you being treated. Thanks!

@lioness

@suez Here is the full name . BLue Emu super strength I get and it contains Emu Oil It is a topical cream. I never used it before but my friend said how much it helped her so I got a jar and I noticed the difference right away. For my arthritis I soak my hands in the hot water then apply this . It is great . You can get it at any drugstore ever Walmart has it . Hope you can find it This is a cool sensation when applied doesn't get hot no capsaicin in it that's the red pepper

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@lioness. Thanks very much, appreciate it.

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@suez

Justin, I guess I'm in the early stages of arthritis. The pain started in my left thigh and progressed up to my hip. Also, I have occasional pain in my thumbs and wrists. I'm using Voltaren Gel and Tylenol for relief. A CT scan last week confirmed my arthritis, and a hip replacement is not needed! 🙂
I'm going to try avocado-soybean unsaponifiables softgels, which I read about on the Mayo clinic website.
Thanks everyone!

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Could you post the link to the avocado-soybean article?…please come back and let us know how they work…Thanks!

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@maryclaire651

Could you post the link to the avocado-soybean article?…please come back and let us know how they work…Thanks!

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@maryclaire651. I went to the Mayo website and looked up osteoarthritis. It's mentioned under diagnosis and treatments, keep scrolling way down. It isn't really an article per se. I did read an article about it in a doctor column and can't remember the name. Sorry. I'll try to find it.

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I did find this… https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/supplements-herbs/guide/avocado-soybean.php
I was afraid the soybean oil might have some negative affects but the French have been testing it for 15 years…

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@maryclaire651

I did find this… https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/supplements-herbs/guide/avocado-soybean.php
I was afraid the soybean oil might have some negative affects but the French have been testing it for 15 years…

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@maryclaire651, I have researched it a lot and everything I've read says that nothing negative or harmful had been found. I'm one who uses medication only when absolutely necessary and only as long as it's needed! I'm going to try this and 300 mg per day is the correct dosage.

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I am a 66yr old woman with osteoarthritis. My fingers are getting worse.About 4 mths ago the first joint middle finger left hand became worse almost overnight at the same time the nail appeared to start going yellow which again is worse over time. I have always have week bendy nails but now this one is hard and appears thicker and stronger.No problems with other nails.It can't be Raynauds as it's not white,cold or numb. It hasn't gone to any other nails either. My GP is only doing phone calls unless the Dr feels the need to see them in person due to Covid. I also have had pain my wrists for a long time and now notice a Ganglion my my right wrist and wondered if this could be causing the pain in my Right index finger to be worse as I had so much pain down that and inbetween index and middle finger on my right hand ? Any thought or advice would be appreciated.

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@anniebrook

I am a 66yr old woman with osteoarthritis. My fingers are getting worse.About 4 mths ago the first joint middle finger left hand became worse almost overnight at the same time the nail appeared to start going yellow which again is worse over time. I have always have week bendy nails but now this one is hard and appears thicker and stronger.No problems with other nails.It can't be Raynauds as it's not white,cold or numb. It hasn't gone to any other nails either. My GP is only doing phone calls unless the Dr feels the need to see them in person due to Covid. I also have had pain my wrists for a long time and now notice a Ganglion my my right wrist and wondered if this could be causing the pain in my Right index finger to be worse as I had so much pain down that and inbetween index and middle finger on my right hand ? Any thought or advice would be appreciated.

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Hi @anniebrook, You'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion about osteoarthritis where you'll meet @suez @maryclaire651 @candrgonzalez @lioness. Members are talking about osteoarthristis in a few different discussions. For example, you might be interested is seeing these:
– Some success with treating osteoarthritis https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/some-success-with-treating-osteoarthritis/
– Hand osteoarthritis with mucous cysts https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hand-osteoarthritis-with-mucous-cysts/

I thought I'd use this opportunity to bring everyone into this discussion to introduce everyone to each other. @ashby1947 @luvjesus @nhaegele @flowerchild65 @dementmt @collielady @u13496 @bethc1954 @deannweir @mickeyb2 @lolaemma @lilypaws @zing451 @bonnieh218, I hope you'll join the discussion here. Please click VIEW & REPLY in the email notification to see Annie's questions above.

Annie, have you ever been seen by a specialist or are you under the care of your GP for osteoarthritis?

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I have had oa in spots for years. Had my right knee replaced 15 years ago, and it's still doing well. Had the trapazoid bone at the base of my left thumb replaced about 10 years ago, but damaged it in a fall last December, and will have to have it looked at, as it still hurts. I had some in my lower spine and had a laminectomy for that. I have developed arthritis under my left kneecap. I'm on 2 Tramadals a day and 2 hemp gummies a day, and am doing fairly well.

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@suez

Justin, I guess I'm in the early stages of arthritis. The pain started in my left thigh and progressed up to my hip. Also, I have occasional pain in my thumbs and wrists. I'm using Voltaren Gel and Tylenol for relief. A CT scan last week confirmed my arthritis, and a hip replacement is not needed! 🙂
I'm going to try avocado-soybean unsaponifiables softgels, which I read about on the Mayo clinic website.
Thanks everyone!

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Hi, I have had fibro since I was 29yrs old ( ('m 66 now). I then started with osteoarthritis in every joint in my hands/wrists in my 40's. In my 50's my spine started to affected so got a referal to the local pain clinic. About 3 yrs ago my hip and groin became so paifnul I could hardly lift my leg to walk or put weight on my other leg that was staking my weight,to get in my SUV I had to physically lift my 1st leg to get in. Anyways it turned out there are muscles that go from low back through the hip into the groin called 'Psoas' in my case it is short probably through sitting too much now I'm retired. The Dr at the pain clinic suggested 'Ablation' and hey presto I feel so much better,not perfect but no more pain in hip and groin. The nerves do grow back so the 1st one lasted a whole yr then the 2nd lasted 16mths.I just had my 3rd one and although the nerve is still a bit irritated and it can take up to 6 weeks but still I can walk now. Good luck

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@cldmeyers

I have had oa in spots for years. Had my right knee replaced 15 years ago, and it's still doing well. Had the trapazoid bone at the base of my left thumb replaced about 10 years ago, but damaged it in a fall last December, and will have to have it looked at, as it still hurts. I had some in my lower spine and had a laminectomy for that. I have developed arthritis under my left kneecap. I'm on 2 Tramadals a day and 2 hemp gummies a day, and am doing fairly well.

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I have had surgery the same as you on both thumbs the 1st (left) went well it was the 1st one I had done and the surgeon was suprised that that one went 1st as I'm right handed.The right one I had done 8 yrs ago and I'm still suffering.I have been back to the surgeon a coupe of times,had xray he says everything is in place so I wonder if it's scar tissue.He doesn't have an answer for me and being right handed and having osteoarthritis everywhere it's a nightmare.Anyone have the same ? anyone have any suggestions I would appreciate it Thanks

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@anniebrook

Hi, I have had fibro since I was 29yrs old ( ('m 66 now). I then started with osteoarthritis in every joint in my hands/wrists in my 40's. In my 50's my spine started to affected so got a referal to the local pain clinic. About 3 yrs ago my hip and groin became so paifnul I could hardly lift my leg to walk or put weight on my other leg that was staking my weight,to get in my SUV I had to physically lift my 1st leg to get in. Anyways it turned out there are muscles that go from low back through the hip into the groin called 'Psoas' in my case it is short probably through sitting too much now I'm retired. The Dr at the pain clinic suggested 'Ablation' and hey presto I feel so much better,not perfect but no more pain in hip and groin. The nerves do grow back so the 1st one lasted a whole yr then the 2nd lasted 16mths.I just had my 3rd one and although the nerve is still a bit irritated and it can take up to 6 weeks but still I can walk now. Good luck

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@anniebrook O you poor thing. When I lived in Seattle I had fibro, but since I have moved back to Iowa I don't have it. I just have osteoarthritis. I had degeneration of my spine of the caused a scoliosis and I had stenosis in L4 and 5 (very bad) but you can't tell until a surgeon goes into the spine. I tried Ablations and it didn't work for me, because I was so bad, So I ended up with a 9 hour back fusion surgery from T-10 to my pelvis. I'm recovering now, but have to be very careful because my bones are soft. I wear a brace and can't bend, or twist, or lift over 7 pounds. I do Tymlos, which is an injection I put in my tummy every day. It's a very small needle so it doesn't hurt, but I have to do it for 2 years and then go on another one, but I think that one will be every 6 months.
I'm sorry I talked all about myself. I am so glad the ablation worked for you.Where do you live? The climate in Seattle was very moist and I think that's what caused my fibro. But I really miss Seattle. I loved it there. We also lived in San Diego for 5 years, no fibro We were on the west coast for 20 years now been back home to Iowa. I have to walk and my knees hurt. I can't take my anti-inflammatory till the 19th of this month, because of the surgery, it thins the blood and I had a low hymaglobin (SP) in the hospital and had to have a red blood cell infusion.
Best to you my dear. Sorry I talked so much about myself. I had my surgery at Mayo at Rochester, MN. Sounds like you could have a MRI on your back, that could be causing all of your problems. I'm not a doctor. Are you have sciatica down that leg? If you do you do have a back problem. If you are close to a Mayo I would go there. I would never had my big surgery anywhere else. My surgeon had 4 qualifications, plus one was a PHD in Orthopedic and spinal surgery. Let me know Jeanie lilypaws

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@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @suez, I'd like to invite @maryclaire651, @lioness, @chincoteague, @jonr, @bonnieh218, and @collielady who have discussed some sort of arthritis in their hands and may be able to share some tips on what they did to cope with the pain and functionality. I'd also like to invite @richman54660, @catmom777, and @hazelnut who have discussed arthritis in their hip as well.

@suez, if you are comfortable sharing, how severe is the arthritis you are dealing with? Are you in the early stages and hoping to find ways to cope for long-term or are you facing potential surgery or another type of treatment?

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I have osteo in my hands, rt hip and both knees. In the morning my fingers are stiff, painful and swollen. While in bed I exercise my fingers doing various curls, finger to tumb, rolling my fingers in a circle motion one by one and a few other exercise. I am moving my feet as I exercise my fingers. Then, I hobble into the shower, the warm water beats down on my hands and gets them moving. I take meloxicam and use creams [any] just to keep the blood flowing from the rubbing.

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