Thursday, May 21, 2009

An Excerpt from an Article a "reader" sent me....very informative indeed.

Treatment and Practical Solutions (for Osteoarthritis)

To find out the nature and extent of muskuloskeletal (muscle and bone) pain in Malaysia, consultant rheumatologist Dr Kiran Veerapan, along with Richard Wigley and Hans Valkenburg embarked on a COPCORD (Community Oriented Programme for the Control of Rheumatic Diseases) survey in year 1988.

The survey results, published in the Journal of Rheumatology in the year 2007, showed that 58.8% of those who have rheumatic pain in the study self-medicate with over-the-counter analgesics or other medications that they acquired without prescription.

But is self-medication advisable? Although mild analgesics like paracetamol is allowed to relieve pain, if a person has persistent joint pain, especially with signs such as joint swelling, significant morning joint stiffness (more than 30 -60 minutes from awake in morning), loss of joint function (regardless of one or more joints affected), this person must seek medical advice as all those signs and symptoms imply more serious arthritis.

Early treatment of a serious arthritis can prevent structural damage of the affected joint.If you are diagnosed with OA, make sure you are well informed about the natural course of osteoarthritis. You can learn about ways to manage your condition and have realistic expectations of the treatments your doctors can offer.

For mild OA pain that is bothersome, but not enough to affect your daily activities, your doctor may prescribe rest, exercise, losing weight, using heat and cold to manage the pain, physiotherapy, over-the-counter pain creams and braces or shoe inserts.

While applying heat is often the common method used for pain relief in our community, cold packs can also do the trick. However, if you have poor circulation or numbness, do not use cold treatments. Heat treatment should also be warm, not hot.

If the pain persists despite initial treatment, you may require medications for pain-control or to slow down cartilage degradation. Medicines are used to provide a pain-free, more mobile, efficient and effective lifestyle. analgesics (painkillers) and anti-inflammatory agents should be used with caution as they have possible side-effects.

While there are no proven disease modifying agents for OA, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, diacerin and esterified fatty acids may ease pain in some individuals and slow down cartilage degradation in some early cases if they combine the use of medication with non-drug measures.

Intra-articular steroid injections (injecting small amounts of steroid to the affected joint) can also be used to treat the inflammatory flare-ups associated with knee OA, but it must be done by a trained doctor in accordance to certain guidelines.

However, studies show that the injections are effective only for the short term.

Early treatment in the form of knee strengthening through exercises is useful. Drug therapy does not halt OA, but since exacerbation prevent people from exercising, pain relief is important.

Surgery may be an option for severe OA that is not relieved by other treatments. Joint replacement and debridement (removing loose pieces of cartilage and bone from around your joint) are among the surgical options available.

Although medical advances have provided physicians means to help you relieve or lessen the pain caused by OA, a major component of OA treatment lies in your attitude towards the condition.

A positive attitude will go a long way to help you cope with OA. More importantly, it determines how much impact OA will have on your everyday life, despite the pain and disability.

Alright, the "Pred." isn't working like I'd thought.....soo,

Something told me to get some over-the-counter Flu Medicine like "I USED" to use before getting on Any Pain Meds.
So I sent my son to the Drug store for NyQuil Daytime...........Drum Roll Plz.......AND IT WORKED!!!

Well, somewhat anyway.......

I mean.....I am not as "uncomfortable" as I have been these past few days and even though it is only doing the job for a short amount of time....In that time, I am able to get SOME things cooking real quick, taking a shower.....ahhh yes, A Shower without being all hunch over and feeling faint.......also, I can tend to the Grands like I need to.......AGAIN, only for short periods of time though........BUT IT IS BETTER THAN NOT AT ALL!!!!

The "Pred." is only "capping" it off.....the discomfort......and the NyQuil is doing the rest (for a bit).......but I still have all this stuff going on in the meantime, like the Knee & Hip Pain from the Osteoarthritis......WOW, is that hurting me these days......Yikes.
And nothing seems to take THAT away......

Then I have the Fibromyalgia Pain.......the stiffness is really getting to me.
THOSE THINGS I will have to deal with until I can get to see the new doctor in a couple of weeks.....but the Fever, Aches, Weakness and such......Now THEY, I can't handle.......AT ALL!!!!

I WILL NOT be able to go throughout my daily activities with THOSE symptoms taking is just not possible.

SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE.......Someone HAS to know what will stop these symptoms......besides the Pain Killers I WAS taking.
Because Lord Knows......I DON'T WANT TO BE CALLED AN "ADDICT" AGAIN......!!!!!


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