The Ice Queen

@pcunix (212)
Middleboro, Massachusetts
October 12, 2015 7:43am CST
My wife has joint pain. It torments her life, making it hard to exercise, hard to sleep - it's horrible and there is really nothing that alleviates it. She can take Tramadol, but doesn't like to so avoids that except when she is exceptionally miserable. One thing that does briefly help is ice. So, every morning after she wakes up I come with gel ice packs from the freezer and will wrap up two joints for fifteen minutes. I then do another two. As joints include her left and right hips as well as wrists, the entire procedure requires an hour. It's not fun, but it does help for a while.
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@GardenGerty (96817)
• Marion, Kansas
12 Oct 15
I have fibromyalgia, not as severe as your wife's condition. I feel better once I get up and get moving, but until that time I hurt. Before I moved I had a membership at a Y. For me the hot tub, sauna and water exercise were the best things. We bought a hot tub in the midst of our move, and I hope we get it set up soon. Epsom salts in the bath tub also helps a lot. You are a kind and compassionate partner. Prescription strength naproxen, which I was given for something else helps, but raises my blood pressure.
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@Hatley (164727)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Oct 15
hi@gardengerty I find that going for 45 minurte walkswith my walker does relieve my right knee. i have severe arthriies in both inees but oddly since I ruptured the foot tendon ofn my leftr foot and the surgeon said I had waited to long so its in an othpedic shoe and heavy brace b ut that knee never bothers me. two years ago I fell, very bad fall, messed up my rieght knee, crumbled bits ov calciuim deposits caused sever pain .I have never felt anything lkke that. I was sent to rehab hospit hence all the physical therapy and the walker. they do not like to remove tose deposits as it does no good others come intheirplace according to my doctor.
@Missmwngi (9583)
• Nairobi, Kenya
12 Oct 15
Sorry to hear that. What about consulting a doctor for a better method. I hope she gets better
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@Missmwngi (9583)
• Nairobi, Kenya
12 Oct 15
@pcunix oooh sorry to hear that but don't let her give up and good work for taking care of her
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@Hatley (164727)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Oct 15
@pcunix has she t4ried exercising inwater as that relieves pain for me of course iM sure she had tried allosrtsof things. i feel for here. I know that sharp cutting painyou cannot get away from. in the hopsital for hernia surgery IJ was taken off my tramadol for some mri stuff an oh my the pain its just unbeliefable.
@Hatley (164727)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Oct 15
o my gosh I had been on fifteen different pain pills for arthritis but tramadol does it for me without it I could not function without it. I know ice will help for a while.This sounds bizarre adnI didnot believew it but I startedwaling everyday for 45 minuts and mind you thats with a walker and my right nee which n ow hurts even with the meds does not hurt but thats me. ihope you can fid soime relief of her I know how awful it feels.you are sure thebest care giver bless you.
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@pcunix (212)
• Middleboro, Massachusetts
12 Oct 15
Somehow packing someone in ice doesn't sound like compassionate care But yeah, it works.
@xFiacre (4267)
• Ireland
12 Oct 15
I suppose we would do nearly anything to relieve pain, especially on-going pain.
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@Hatley (164727)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Oct 15
yes thats why I keep on taking the dr pres ribed tramado it stops my knee pain I would be howling wity pain without it.
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@marlina (71351)
• Canada
12 Oct 15
This must be a terrible pain to have. Glad that you are helping your wife.
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@gudheart (12754)
12 Oct 15
That is good that you have found something to reduce the pain. Sorry that it is so hard to find something long term though.
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• Preston, England
13 Oct 15
a necessary discomfort if it eases the more severe discomfort even for a while - hope she is ok soon.
@pcunix (212)
• Middleboro, Massachusetts
13 Oct 15
No, this is life long. No cure, no relief.
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• Preston, England
13 Oct 15
@pcunix sounds pretty grim - she is fortunate in having you there to support her
• United States
13 Oct 15
It's interesting to know that ice can help with your wifes severe pain.