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Oct 22, 2011 · Don't know where to start in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Yes, in the large City near me, there are two different Orthopedic Groups to serve the area. Both have specialists who, as you say, deal in specific parts of the body. Knees, hips, hands, feet, the back, shoulders, arms, etc. Some even treat scoliosis and other back conditions such as herniated disc. I also think your suggestion about checking the Mayo website is an excellent one. I think as time moves forward there will be more and more Orthopedic Groups practicing. Because the “baby boomer” generation is most likely to create many more patients. Simply because of their age and joint conditions. Another option for those who have joint and back challenges is “aquatic therapy”. I’ve had great success with this therapy. It is basically a small size swimming pool, that has warm water, some exercise equipment in it, and physical therapists who specialize in exercises accomplished in the water. For those who have lots of pain, exercise in the water is wonderful, because you can do exercises that improve your walking skills, increase your endurance somewhat and straighten you up if your back is somewhat stiff and bent over due to arthritis. You never feel pain when you are in the water. The first couple of days after your session you might experience some soreness, but you only have treatments a couple of times a week, and after about 8-10 treatments you are released. Of course I would say the number of treatments and time spent in the water will be ordered according to each individual patient’s needs.

Oct 22, 2011 · Osteoarthritis in fingers and knee replacement needed in Joint Replacements

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.

Oct 22, 2011 · Osteoarthritis in fingers and knee replacement needed in Joint Replacements

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.

Oct 22, 2011 · Osteoarthritis in fingers and knee replacement needed in Joint Replacements

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.

Oct 21, 2011 · Don't know where to start in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Depending upon the age of your mom, she may be displaying signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis. Has she seen an Orthopedic Doctor? Does she have any pain anywhere else in her body such as her lower back, or in her groin area or hip. Sometimes pain in the groin area can signal a problem with the hip, and many times people who have knee pain can have hip problems. I have had both of my knees scoped (arthroscopy). One surgery was for a torn meniscus in the knee, the other one was for a patella tear in the knee. Both surgeries were accomplished by an Orthopedic Doctor. It seems that the swelling in her leg and knee should signal some sort of problem that could be diagnosed by a qualified physician such as an Ortho Dr. The popping sound in the knee sounds like a joint problem for sure. The pain I had in both of my knees when the tears occurred was very difficult to handle so I certainly can feel for your Mom. I hope this information will be of help to you.

Oct 21, 2011 · Chronic Pain in Just Want to Talk

Your symptoms do seem to qualify as part and parcel of degenerative disc disease. I too have lumbar disc degeneration. My diagnosis came right out of the blue about 9 years ago. I also have pain in my neck at times, and this is caused from cervical spinal stenosis. I have several pinched nerves in my lower lumbar spine and also have lumbar spinal stenosis. (which is narrowing of the spinal cord caused by the pinched nerves and osteophytes that have grown on my spine). Basically I have herniated discs in my entire spine. I think it depends upon the individual’s biology so to speak as to what medical challenges they may face in their lifetime. I would think that the exercise you had when dancing would have been the best for you. But it would also depend upon whether your bones were strong throughout your life, if you smoked during your life time, or consumed alcohol. Both of these tend to soften the bones. I was an office assistant and secretary for 40 years, so I spent lots of my days sitting at an office desk. And I really didn’t do much exercise when I was working. Now I know, that was a big mistake. Sitting for all of those years certainly wasn’t good for my spine. I also have developed idiopathic scoliosis over this period of time. Both of these medical conditions can be inherited, however, most doctors would say that wear and tear on the body over a long period of time, can contribute to these medical challenges.I have arthritis throughout my spine and body. I have practiced body/mind/spirit psychology since my diagnosis. I too have chronic pain. Some of my pain is from Osteoarthritis of the spine, hips, knees and feet. I only focus on the “moment”, and not the past nor the future. I try hard to put my focus on positive energy and something constructive to keep myself busy during the day. I web surf, play video games on my Wii Station (used to have a Play Station), and do some sort of exercise each day. I have to use a walker some of the time, especially when I am out of my home because scoliosis and spinal stenosis prevent me from walking like a normal person. I committed to doing exercise each day this past Spring and Summer. I take my walker and go walking for about 20-30 minutes each day. Exercise will help to keep one’s mind off the pain that we experience. And most of all it keeps the joints more limber. I am not a believer in pain medication, so I don’t take any meds other than an aspirin on occasion. Like most people who have these challenges, I also experience some nights of sleeping problems because I cannot settle like I would like to. My lower back pain sometimes causes my legs to be restless and my ankles and feet also hurt. I try to put on some type of socks on my ankles, not my feet when this happens to me and I also use Ben Gay, or something similar to reduce pain. The doctors have not given me many options for my challenges either. I was given the option of shots in my back, but won’t do it. I’ve read too many negatives about that. I also opted out of meds like Celebrex because they tear up my stomach. If you are taking meds such as this, that may be the reason for your acid reflux. I also have researched that subject as to scoliosis, and when the spine and ribs turn due to the scoliosis, one can experience stomach acid. I do feel for you that you have the medical challenges you do. I hope sharing this information with you will be of some help.