Arthritis

@Leykon (438)
Canada
March 10, 2009 2:57pm CST
Well once again I have lots of pain in my knee,I have been informed that it is just Arthritis( I like how they say just arthritis) its very painful. They also say that your supposed to keep using the joint as inactivity will worsen the condition.I don't know about you but I seem to baby the joint that gives me pain.also would like to know if anyone knows which is better to use heat or cold.
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@fren45 (895)
• Malaysia
10 Mar 09
You should consider taking calcium supplementfor arthritis prevention at early stage.
@Leykon (438)
• Canada
10 Mar 09
Thanks for good info I already do take calcium supplements,
@fren45 (895)
• Malaysia
17 Mar 09
you are welcome/
• United States
10 Mar 09
When you apply heat to something it increases the blood flow and will increase your inflamation. That is bad for arthritis becasue it is already inflamed. As for ice, some people can use it and some do not respond well to the cold. My knees do not do cold very well at all. My mom has found that pool therapy has helped. You could talk to your doctor about it as a physical therapy, it is often covered by insurance. I know that you want to baby that joint but it will weaken if you do not use it. And then things will be worse. Because it is your knee, if you can't get into a pool therapy I would consider going to a local pool and getting some light excercise by swimming. Your doctor whould be able to tell you what excercises to do and you could make them work in the water so you do not have the samw weight on the joint but there is still resistance.
@Leykon (438)
• Canada
10 Mar 09
Thank you for giving me good advice,I live in a small town so there is no pool here,I have used that Ice gel on my knee and it seems to ease it a bit,I have many allergies so have to be very careful what I use ,I can't take any pain meds by mouth.I know it will get better when our weather warms up.
• United States
10 Mar 09
Hi Leykon I take care of my mom. She has osteoperosis, arthritis, and Parkinsons disease. She was always in constant pain, really stiff, etc. Her neurologist perscribed a prescription pain medication (it's a creme you rub on), and along with her daily exercises, she is almost pain-free. We apply it 2x a day. Her main 2 areas of bad pain are her neck and her left foot. It's called Voltaren Gel. It really has made a big difference. I also have her on a daily exercise program. (She's in her late 70's, by the way). She has to walk 10 laps in the house, 5 x a day. We do a morning ans evening set of exercises, except on weekends (takes about 10 minutes each time). She doesn't move much, so I have to keep her flexible. She also has fat pad atrophy on the bottoms of both feet, which makes it difficult for her to walk. She isn't supposed to walk w/o shoes on. Anyways, just thought I would let you know about the Voltaren Gel.