I also happened to have my annual physical with my PCP a couple of days ago and she told me that she herself takes the Synvisc injections for her own knee arthritis and recommended them highly to me. I hadn't tried those because the steroid injection didn't last very long and my orthopedist (who my PCP says is the best in the area) said a lot of his patients who didn't get long term relief from the steroids had the same issue with the Synvisc. But my PCP said the steroid shots do nothing for her arthritis pain but the Synvisc gives her signifcant relief for 8-9 months before she needs another set of injections, so I think I am going to give it a try.
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Asked by nancyjac on Saturday, November 3, 2012
Alleviating osteoarthritis pain.
I'm generally not a big fan of home remedies and wive's tales, but a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine told me that both she and her mom have been taking apple cider vinegar that helps significantly with arthritis pain. Since nothing else had been working well and I didn't see where it could do any harm, I decided to give it a try. Much to my surprise, it has helped considerable. It's not an instant wonder cure by any means, but after two weeks of taking it, my knee pain is noticeably less than with just the NSAIDS and I am able to at least get back to some level of exercise, which I know will eventually help it even more.
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Some years back, I started having problems with one of my knees -- pain & limited mobility. I started taking the supplement Chondroitin/Glucosamate/MSN and it is giving me relief to this day. Even the neck discomfort from osteoarthritis is relieved. My husband has a lot of arthritis in his back so I started him on it and it has helped tremendously. I get it at Vitamin World but I see that it has now become an advertised product as Bio-Flex, etc.
You need to do more research. There are specific foods to be eaten in order to alleviate your arthritis even more. On the same token, there are also foods to be abandoned. The ACV alkalizes the body which helps. You must look to nourish yourself. A plant based diet made of fresh and whole food is really best. As you begin to see, symptoms go away and so easily that you barely notice what happened.
Might I recommend to you that you eat some strawberries and some sprouts? Regularly.
Glad you feel better.
I tried the Synvisc but it didn't help me. I have heard it has helped a lot of other people. I went in for another arthroscopy which showed bone on bone. After trying almost everything, I have finally given in to the knee replacement. I am hoping that after having this done that my other knee will improve since I am putting all my weight on that knee. I have always been active and when I return to work I will be on my legs all the time. Right now I can do swimming areobics only, with some pain. I want to return to work, walk, dance and go to the gym. I did have right knee problems before chemo but never like this. I was on Tomaxifin but came off for the surgery with little effect. I am thankful to be alive but neuropathy and knee pain are no fun. I would highly suggest swimming classes if available and physical therapy at least to keep the knee moving. Good luck!
Yea, Nanc! So proud of you.. there really are some "nutrional" supplements like this that work better than what the drug companies offer! It is good to be cautious, but good nutrition is really the key and this is part of that. Apple Cider vinegar is also one of the best diuretics and cleanses us. You are correct, the exercise will enhance your efforts. Just make sure you do some stretches after and you'll feel awesome.. You go!
You may be on to something there.....LOL
I can assure you I have done lots of research. I'm close to OCD about doing research on just about everything. There actually is no conclusive evidence to support any food that either relieves or promotes arthritis pain, including apple cider vinegar. A lot of this stuff is based on anecdotal evidence. Some tries or discovers some home remedy and it works (or they believe it works) for them. They blog about it, others try it, and it works, possibly do to the placebo effect, for some one else and they blog about it and eventually it goes viral. In the "old days", this was called "old wive's tales. Based on random selection, some of these remedies will work some of the time for some people. I seem to have gotten lucky with this one.
I started taking Osteo Biflex a few months ago. My husband has been taking it for a couple of years for the osteoarthritis in his him and says it helps him. It doesn't do anything for me in terms of pain relief, but I still take it just for any help it might offer in general bone/joint health.
I still have some doubts about the synvisc and have found some anecdotal reports that synvisc has actually made pain worse. My orthopedist readily admits that for some people, it doesn't help, but he doesn't have any patients whose pain has actually gotten worse because of it. I've willing to try it, if the outcomes are either help or no help, but not if making it worse is part of the mix. I have some a cartilage loss, but not to the point of bone on bone yet, so he says I am no where near a replacement yet. I have a good friend who had a knee replacement about 3 months ago and the difference for him is amazing. He went from hobbling around and in constant pain to walking with no limp and no pain at all.
Until just this past week, I haven't been able to do any exercise at all due to the knee pain for the past 2-3 months. I'm still not doing a lot, but I can at least slowly walk around the block until my knee starts talking to me. I'm planning on joining a gym next month (when my Medicare Advantage Plan's Silver Sneakers benefit kicks in) so I can add some swimming and some cardio and strength exercise that my knee can handle.
I agree that good nutrition is vital to our general health. I would be lying if I said I never gave in junk food once in a while, but for the most part my diet has been very well balanced and healthy for years. Still got cancer and osteoarthritis though. I use to teach nutrition classes to mothers with young children (WIC program) in hopes of trying to get the newest generation off to a better start nutritionally.
I waited until all my chemo, etc. was finished. Then within two months had my right knee replaced with a gender specific replacement... six weeks later.. I did the left knee... Both my knees were bone on bone. That's almost five years ago. The surgery... even right after- literally first time standing on leg... was far less pain that prior to surgery... Now.. I can tell you my kinees are the greatest decision I've ever made.... I'd go to a surgeon and see if you're a candidate for replacement... Sometimes you don't need a complete replacement... only a partial... Go for it.
"no conclusive evidence".
Perhaps you are aware that placebos usually work about 35% of the time which is actually a lot better average than most pharmaceutical drugs. Nutrition (and exercise) are rarely studied because there is no profit in the studies for the drug companies. It would be nice if our tax money funded some nutrition and exercise studies but, alas, it hardly ever does.
Arthritis, I am sure you might agree, is an inflammation response. Weight management and nutrition management can make amazing inroads to fight inflammation. Doubtless you've heard of omega 3 oils. Chia and hemp seed are rife with them and much less harsh on a body than the more touted (and less expensive to produce) fish oils. Olive oil has no substitute if you use a dressing. Whole olives and lemon are even better than that.
Giving up meat is problematic for many but the oil in an avocado helps rather than harms a system. Vitamins A & C are very important but getting them from whole food (ripe Bell peppers, citrus, strawberries, pineapple, kohlrabi, canteloupe, papaya yadda yadda yadda) does a body much better than taking a pill.
Please also investigate your spice cabinet (turmeric, ginger, cumin) for inflammatory relief.
When you lean to plant based eating, weight normalizes (not many calories in leaves) even though you eat your fill (and you can really pack away plant based food) and things which bother you simply tend to get better. Each of us, of course, does as he or she likes. Abandoning generational food habits is a brave and, to date, unusual thing to do. Abandoning pain is a pleasure.
What would it hurt to eat a few berries (containing anthocyanidins) and cherries and sprouts?
It took 13 years of me sticking my butt in doctors' faces for them to finally diagnose a tumor. It never was a "wart or a hemorrhoid" as they each and all said. It took another year for them to diagnose a blood disease which they claimed they thought I already knew about. It took another 5 years and a lucky accident for me to find out the underlying problem which was toxic mold hidden behind the walls of the place I then called home.
I'm not one to wait around for peer reviewed evidence. If it can't hurt me, I'm excited to try out new possibilities. As far as I can tell, old wives knew a lot. So much so that physicians oversaw their being burned at stakes over 1,000 years ago. What were witches but herbalists, after all?
I'm glad for you that the ACV is of help.
Healthy best wishes for recovered good health.
geekling, I have no intention of entering into an argument with you about nutrition. Good nutrition is a balanced diet. Unfortunately "leaves" are not a balanced diet. Good nutrition is a life style factor. Medications are to treat medical conditions. They are not interchangable. Of course drug companies don't do studies about food and exercise. They are in the drug business, not the food and exercise business. That doesn't mean our tax dollars don't fund nutrition and exercise studies. They most certainly do.....to the tune of billions of dollars/year. I'm sorry you feel you have had inadequate medical care. You are more that welcome to express your opinions, but please respect that people start threads on this community to ask a specific question or to make a specific point relevant to their own experiences. By all means, feel free to start your own discussion regarding medical incompetence or vegetarianism or any other subject you feel strongly about. This is about nothing more than my experience post cancer osteoarthritis pain.
I would definetly try a product called Zija Smart mix.. My freinds mother in law took it,, could barely walk and said after a few days maybe a week she feels ike a teenagwer.. Her pain is gone.. She is in Florida telling all her old freinds about it!! lol
try it out,,,its all natural and can be bought online and looked up on www.alwaysnatural.myzija.com
I hope it helps.... Pain is an awful thing
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