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Osteoarthritis in fingers and knee replacement needed

Posted by @mombo83 in Bones, Joints & Muscles, Sep 14, 2011

Due to recommendation by Mayo physician I increased fish oil from 2000 mg to 3000 mg per day. We are amazed at the results. No joint pain nor stiffness in hands or knee. Incredible results from this simple remedy.

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ks

Posted by @ks, Sep 27, 2011

That's awesome. Does this mean you're not having the knee replacement?

mombo83

Posted by @mombo83, Sep 27, 2011

Correct. The constant swelling with walking / (activity), and associated pain has subsided 95%. I have the osteoarthritis in my fingers (age 60), while my husband (age 64) has the knee problem. Doctors have told my husband to put off knee replacement surgery until pain is intolerable, as it is a very complex surgery and is constantly evolving for greater success rate. Now that the inflammation is under control he will keep his own knee until something changes. So far since we increased our dose to 3,000 mg I had improvement in 3 weeks, while it took about 3 months for it to 'kick in' for my husband, however I am half the weight of my husband, although I do not know if that would matter. Hope this helps.

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ks

Posted by @ks, Sep 27, 2011

Yes, thank you. I'm going to try it. My hip has become painful. And just an opinion for your husband's knee...I have 2 total knee replacements which have been very successful. One is 21 years old and still prfect. The other only 5 years old. I've had degenerative arthritis since I was a teenager. First replacement at 39 yrs old to replace badly deformed joint. It's very painful surgery and rehab but worth it for pain free living. Now my hips are going. I'm going to try the fish oil. Thanks again.

mombo83

Posted by @mombo83, Sep 28, 2011

I wanted to add that while researching fish oil I learned that the fish oil produced by the smallest species of fish is best, the fish oil made from sardines and anchovies. Kirkland (Costco brand) is rated 'right up' there as the best of the best of them. Good luck with the hip replacement. My step son had his hip replaced 2 yrs ago at age 36, he is a medical sales professional. He learned from the doctors he calls on that hip replacement is a simple procedure compared to knee replacement. He came through it with 'flying colors' he no longer limps and is pain free. Hope the fish oil will give you some relief as it did us and another tidbit, since we retired 3 years ago, we began living in Arizona for the 'six months' of winter. What a difference the dry climate makes, not to mention 335 days of sunshine a year, with all that Vitamin D from the sun, really does a body good!

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ks

Posted by @ks, Oct 5, 2011

Hi: Thanks, I actually know that cause I love sardines. I also love Costco and I did buy their brand. We're on the same page. Been to Arizona twice and think it's beautiful. What bugs me about the hip replacement is that I already have 2 knees and the idea of 1 or 2 more articial joints is bothering me emotionally. On the other hand I don't like limping around. It makes me look and feel old. Have a good winter!! And thanks for responding.

mombo83

Posted by @mombo83, Oct 14, 2011

Everyone gets old at the same rate only at at different times! Don't let the thought of artificial joints bother you emotionally. Just continue to do all you can to prolong the replacements. Everyone has scars, physically as well as emotionally. You are not alone. Be grateful that you are not one of our returning soldiers living without their limbs. There is always something to be thankful for if we ponder other's trials and tribulations long and hard enough. Keep the faith.

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starlight

Posted by @starlight, Oct 22, 2011

I sure like your philosophy concerning being thankful. I feel the very same way about my life. Just wanted to add a little info in regard to the fish oil. Recently my Doctor had me take a vitamin D 25 Hydroxy Test to measure the level of Vitamin D3 in my blood. The test read somewhat low and he wanted to prescribe 50,000 iu of vitamin D3 (one tab a week for 8 weeks). Then he would retest. That seemed to me like a very high dose. Being a naturalist and not taking any medications, I opted out of this particular prescription, did some on-line research, and found that taking "cod liver oil" will help to raise the Vitamin D3 level. So I began taking 2000 mg per day of the cod liver oil. And as an extra benefit I have found it is wonderful for "arthritis". My joints do not give me near as much trouble as they did before I began taking it. I prefer supplements and other alternative medicines to prescriptions if at all possible. This certainly has worked for me. AND, another extra benefit is that fish oil will lower cholesterol levels.

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Posted by @mombo83, Oct 22, 2011

starlight

Posted by @starlight, Oct 22, 2011

Thanks for the info. I believe I have visited that web site on a prior occasion. It is my understanding that cod liver oil has more vitamin D in it than other fish oils. That is why I am using it rather than fish oil. Also, cod liver oil has vitamin A and vitamin D in it. It is not recommended to take too much vitamin A, so I found a Norweigan cod liver oil that has a good combination of the two that meets recommended daily dose.

mombo83

Posted by @mombo83, Oct 22, 2011

Taking Vitamin D3 supplements and fish oil might cover all the bases for you, no worries about the Vitamin A perhaps.

starlight

Posted by @starlight, Oct 22, 2011

I have researched Vitamin D3 supplements also. Synthetic Vitamin D3 is produced with the wool of sheep. For those of us who have ever had itching skin or breakouts on skin because of wearing wool clothing, I don't think I would care to consider the synthetic. I have found that Shitake Mushrooms are an option. There are vegan supplements of shitake mushrooms if one doesn't care to buy them and cook them. Also, there are some whole food vitamin companies that produce "food" Vitamin D3. One of the best companies out there for whole food supplements is Mega Foods. A bit pricey for some folks, but they are awesome. I've taken several different kinds, one daily, cal/mag/ zinc/ vitamin C, etc. etc.
I do agree with you that the two together would cover all of the bases. I do watch my intake of Vitamin A, however, so I would have to find a good combination of the two.

mombo83

Posted by @mombo83, Oct 22, 2011

The ingredient in the Vitamin D3 supplements is actually lanolin that is expressed from the wool of sheep. Lanolin is what makes for beautiful skin as it protects by acting as a moisture barrier. Other Vitamin D3 supplements are made with fish oil. I am allergic to wool although have never experienced any ill effects from the daily 3,000 IU's of Vitamin D3 softgel supplements I take.

mk

Posted by @mk, Oct 10, 2011

Hi everyone, just finished a visit in urgent care today, confirmed what I already knew, which is osteoarthritis in my knees. Next step is ortho dept. I'm 50 so I don't want a replacement yet but they talked about that today. Not sure which route to go I agree Mombo83 about waiting for evolving changes in knee replacement surgery, well we'll see what the ortho dept has to say. thanks for all the info you all post.

mombo83

Posted by @mombo83, Oct 14, 2011

Please remember that surgeons are trained to see surgery as the main means to an end. If you visit a surgeon, surgery will most likely be recommended. There are other avenues for you to pursue. Number one would be to see a non surgical physician such as a muscular skeletal specialist (Dr. Todd Holmes in St. Louis Park, MN). There are many options of which all should be thoroughly exhausted before resorting to surgery. Osteoarthritis is a very common condition, don't let the diagnosis overwhelm your good sense for Mother Nature to 'treat' you. Increase your Fish Oil intake to 3,000 mg per day, as well as increase your physical activity. Take an hour long walk everyday, do 20 minutes of stretching, swim laps 3 x a week, etc. Take up a hobby you enjoy, photography or volunteering within your community. Take time to read the classics or whatever you find enjoyment in learning about. Mind over matter is a powerful aid. Remember that - "Woman are like tea bags, you never know how strong they are until they are in hot water" -Eleanor Roosevelt.

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