My co-worker had a series of Supartz shots six months ago and has had great results. But now the pain is back. Her old doctor retired and the new doctor said he didn’t think she can have anymore shots or series of shots. Can she? How long can she put off surgery, if the shots are doing her so well while they last? Is this something she can do for awhile? Years? Eager to hear back, Sandra
Osteoarthritis Q & A
After trying several blood pressure medications, I began taking Nadolol (40 mg) about three years ago. While it works wonderfully for my blood pressure, I have headaches every day. I wake up with a headache, and it will continue all day – not a screaming headache, but constant, dull pain. I understand this type of medication is supposed to help with headaches. For relief, I usually take three to six Motrin. Would prefer to take Motrin every day, but am so afraid of what it will do to my stomach that I opt to have the headache every other day. How often can I take the Motrin without worrying about side effects. I know you can’t say with certainty, but would like a “ball park” opinion. Thank you.
My mother was diagnosed with arthritis in her groin, but they didn’t tell her if it was osteoarthritis or rheumatoid. How can she find out which one it is?
I have had bone on bone contact for more than a couple of years. I am very active and my cycling often relieves the constant pain for some weeks after regualr riding, 50 to 75 miles per week. Unfortunately, I can’t always fit this into the schedule of work, family and the like. I am 50 years old and feel that the replacement would probably go OK but after another 20 years it may need to be redone based on what most doctors advice. Is there a therapy that could give me an other option. I am afraid if I wait too long the current imbalance will produce other problems in my hips or back. Most DRs say just do it but they will not be around when I am needing the next one in 20 years. Perplexed!
Some months ago, my Dr put me on Zocor for high Cholesterol. A month or so later, I had acute joint pain(not muscle) that got to unbearable. Went off med. I also have arthritis(osteo). She put me back on Lescol 5 days ago, but arthritis in my thumb joints is getting noticable, and also now having pain(grabbing) at the base of my neck. I think I remember, in a general conversation with a pharmacist, was told Cholesterol meds negate the good any arthritis meds might do(I only take MSM for arthritis, so far, but have prescription for Arthrotec 50mg). I wondered if is is possible the Statin drugs do inhibit the work of arthritis meds?
Is there a surgery for Heberdon’s nodes?
Is it true that the onset of osteoarthritis (specifically in the left hip and parts of the spine) is sometimes marked by increased bone density in the affected joint(s)? If bone density is measured at the onset of OA using these joints, might not the results be misleading, i.e., perhaps indicating that bones are generally healthier than they may actually be?
I’m facing double knee replacement. Both of my knees have moderate/severe osteoarthritus. Basically, it’s located on the inside of both knees. I’ve been treated with Synvisc, didn’t help. I’m always in a lot of pain even with riding bike 30min daily. Have you started doing cartlidge replacedment yet? Also, my Dr. talked about doing arthscopic to possibly help me wait for knee replacement until age 61. I’m 57 and it’s affected every part of my life physically and emotionaly. Thanks , Sue Konoske
I have heard that some foods, such as tomatoes, dairy products, red peppers agrivate Osetoarthritis. Do you know of any foods I should stay from. Are there any food supplements I should not take. I do take a lot of calcium with Vit. D. and eat foods high in those also. I have very bad arthritis in my feet and don’t know how I can help eleviate pain in them. This has happened since I had back surgery 3 years ago.
Considering posted comments about injections of hyaluronic acid into the knees for osteoarthritis providing only modest benefit when there is not much cartilage remaining, and as My husband has been advised that surgery is needed but should be postponed until he retires in 5 years and will no longer be performing repetitive work-related actions involving his knees, would you kindly advise what type of treatment you find to offer the most relief? My husband has previously experienced cortisone injections, draining of the fluid, an orthoscopic cleaning of one knee, and prescribed pain medication. Although the pain medication offered relief, he does not wish to use pain medicine because the side effects and addiction issues are too problematic.