arthritis remedies

United States
October 18, 2007 10:27am CST
Well, the weather is damp and rainy, and once again I am facing swelled feet and legs. It has been occurring for the last 18 months, caused apparently from spinal compression, that was relieved somewhat with surgery, but couldn't be relieved completely. I need to know if anyone has any ideas of something that will relieve some of the swelling and the pain that is associated with it without going to the doctor and getting a prescription for arthritist medication. I'm sure that's part of the problem anyway. Everyone has been telling me that any time you have surgery, you almost always get arthritis at the site. Ideas? Suggestions? opinions?
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@GardenGerty (98203)
• United States
20 Oct 07
I have heard a lot on TV about chiropracters offering Spinal decompression treatments, which looks to be sort of a traction method. I have not tried it myself. It looks to me like you could get the same effect if you could stand to hang upside down on the monkey bars. Nuff said about that. When I refused prescription pain killers, and cortisone shots, my doctor told me about two other, more natural remedies for pain. One is an over the counter cream that contains capsaicin--that is the oil from hot peppers. Zostrix was the original. It can make you feel like you have the beginning of a sunburn, you do not want it on mucous membranes of any kind, you can only remove it with an oily cleanser (cooking oil). It seems to work. About $11.00 per tube, available at Wal Mart, and I wear gloves to apply it. The second remedy is vitamin B6, 400 units, divided, for two weeks, cut back to two hundred units, when my pain is well under control then I cut back to 100 mg. daily. Cheap nutrient. Glucosamine & chondroiton seem to work after about six weeks, but are much more expensive, and the pills are a lot bigger. Ask also about compression stockings for during the day. Your pharmacist can even talk with you about the use of them for edema, or ask the doctor. Massage of the swollen area, with strokes brushing away from the heart is sometimes helpful as well. A treat for yourself would be an hour long massage at a day spa. I was given one as a gift once.
@GardenGerty (98203)
• United States
20 Oct 07
I forgot, fish oil capsules are also good. Eat curries and other foods with tumeric, and eat ginger. I like to chew candied ginger. It is also good to help relieve cold symptoms if you have them.
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• United States
25 Oct 07
The compressions stockings are probably going to become my best friend! lol I still have them from surgery and post op and physical therapy. I have some Zostrix...I'm not sure why and I will need to check with the pharmacy to see if it's still good. Not even clear what the date is on it.
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@RosieS57 (889)
• United States
18 Oct 07
Yup! Increase your fluid intake. The extra blood volume helps push the fluid out of your legs. Always put your feet up on a basketball when sitting down. Keep moving the ball with your feet to increase circulation and ease edema. Don't add salt. The foods we eat these days have plenty enough already. Elevate the foot of your bed. Lastly, use TEDS when needed. These are the 'old lady stockings' that are flesh toned and compress the calves. You can get them at any medical supply store. They can keep you from developing phlebitis.
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• United States
25 Oct 07
I still have 4 pairs of those ugly white stockings from the time I was in the hospital after I had surgery. I guess will have to pull them back out. I was thinking of that anyway, but they are so uncomfortable that I was putting it off.
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@RosieS57 (889)
• United States
8 Nov 07
I hear you. I hate them too even though I have the not too bad looking flesh toned ones. As a female I can also buy the lesser compression of the 'massage' or 'control' type of pantyhose. If you wore those under pants, I wouldn't tell! Thanks for BR, carpenter!
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@mi2ok02 (406)
• United States
1 Nov 07
The only thing my grandmother said worked was something over the counter called Zostrix. It is a cream and she said it helped. Have you heard of it or tried it?
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• United States
6 Nov 07
Yes, I actually have some. I'm not sure where it came from. I also got an early birthday present...a full body massage pad. It is electric and heated. I turn on the heat, turn on the massage elements and let it just go to town on my back.
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