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Arthritis Ankles Knees and Feet

Age 64 came a month ago and 2023 is the year

Arthritis has really bent deep in me. It's been a slow creep here and there

But now in November it's consistent.

Posting to hear what others are experiencing and what methods to cope and or have relief you use.

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Re: Arthritis Ankles Knees and Feet

I have been getting hyaluronic acid gel shots in my knee, only have one bad one. Get one every 6 months. Also take several supplements recommended for arthritis, also keep weight down and exercise. 

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Re: Arthritis Ankles Knees and Feet

'Itis' means there's inflamation so start eating an anti-inflammatory diet ("food is medicine"). There are also supplements that are helpful (ie turmeric?).

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Re: Arthritis Ankles Knees and Feet

@katie1859 

@ThinkingOutLoud @AlsaceGal @Shelbelle 

I have been using DoTerra deep blue for over 10 years for my osteoarthritis pain.

I apply it down the middle of my back, along spine.

I rub it on my hands and wrists and it gives I mediate relief.

Use it on my neck and headaches go away almost immediately.

highly recommend

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@katie1859 You have all my sympathy, and empathy, that "it" has come for you.

 

Mine began in left hip and I thought it was sciatica. By the time I had the x-rays and MRI, arthritis  was identified in my left knee and hip. I received a cortisone injection in each spot, followed with many PT visits. That was 2021. I felt pretty good, certainly improved, and could "live my life" again. 

 

Then I had the worst pain ever early this year in my right knee, "literally" could not put any weight at all on that leg. I first received the 21-dose oral steroid dosage, then later a cortisone injection in that knee. That helped but it's still swollen.  I'll have an MRI next week to find out more about the swelling.

 

Two hip injections in 2 1/2 years did wonders, and will have another next spring if I can hold out that long, then another left knee cortisone injection soon, or maybe hyaluronic acid. Jury is still out on right knee. It's best to go as long as possible between cortisone injections because they can cause damage long term.

 

I use Naproxen when things really hurt, like when I don't even want get out of bed and walk out to the living room to turn on the porch light. The NSAID's, like Naproxen and Ibruprophen, also have side effects. 

 

CBD gummies help some people--my bro and his wife use them occasionally--but I tried them twice and they make me nauseous and I sleep for many hours. When I finally woke up the second time I'd had one and was finally  able to eat a piece of dry toat, I noticed my knees and hip didn't hurt so much. But CBD is not a practical solution for me. 

 

No matter what, try to keep moving. It helps keep joints lubricated, and too much rest will increase joint stiffness. Ice packs can help reduce some of the inflamation--I have a wraparound from A that I use on my knees. Voltaren gel helps but it's not recommended to use for extended periods, and not for hip area. I use it on a  foot and hand area which flare up now and then but not bad enough yet for DR. treatment. An anti-inflamatory diet (I've been know to eat to many sweet things), and unless you are already slender, weight loss can help. Don't try lifting really heavy things. 

 

I am putting off joint replacement for as long as possible. It seems necessary for some sufferers but not yet for me.

 

Hope you'll find treatment from an experienced pain or orthopedic specialist and get some relief. And don't ever think you need to suffer in silence. I bet there's plenty of forum members here that will hang in there with you, albeit online.

 

eta: Mine is osteoarthritis, not rheumatoid or some other type. You should have a professional diagnosis.

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November is a hard month with weather changes and causes pressure all over the body... we just feel it as we age.

One simple relief is Epsom salt bath 3x a week.  Dr. Teals at Walgreens is really cheap price, nice quality... recommending to not get fragrance.

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Re: Arthritis Ankles Knees and Feet

@LTT1 


@LTT1 wrote:

@katie1859 

@ThinkingOutLoud @AlsaceGal @Shelbelle 

I have been using DoTerra deep blue for over 10 years for my osteoarthritis pain.

I apply it down the middle of my back, along spine.

I rub it on my hands and wrists and it gives I mediate relief.

Use it on my neck and headaches go away almost immediately.

highly recommend


Never heard of this product what is it?

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@LTT1 Thanks for this suggestion. I just found it on the Walmart site for a good "try me" price and put it in my cart for my next order. If it helps for a headache, I'll let you know.

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Shedding 150 lbs. eliminated knee strain.  DH and I eliminated sugar, grains, starches, and cruddy oils from our diet as they can be inflammatory.  We eat real food, very little processed foods, healthy fats, and we take certain supplements - turmeric, MSM, hyaluronic acid, Omega-3's, NAD+, Vitamin D3+K2, liquid collagen. 

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   I'd like to echo the posters who mentioned inflammation and a bad diet possibly being the root cause. A lot of people in the know think that inflammation is the root cause of most everything that ails us.

 

  I know when I cleaned up/changed my diet my eczema and morning finger stiffness/soreness went away.

The biggest problem for me is sugar and simple carbs (both are highly inflammatory) so much so that I know the morning after I've eaten too much of either I'll wake up with finger stiffness it'll start creeping back.

I've come to realize that I really need to listen to my body because it will literally tell me when I've been bad, which whips me back into shape big time. 

 

Not sure what your diet is or how much changing it could help at this stage but it's something to look into, maybe. Hope you find some relief.

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