Patient Comments: Arthritis - Effective Treatments


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Comment from: Fairah268, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 11

I did a research paper on frankincense oil and found that it has been used for inflammation conditions such as arthritis for a very long time. My grandmother uses it for the arthritis in her knee along with a cream that has a mixture of essentials oils like lavender, and it has helped her amazingly. DoTerra is the brand she uses and New Living I have found to be a very good brand also, because of the purity of the oil.

Comment from: fellowsufferer, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I've had arthritis for more than 10 years. After I gave up diet sodas the pain subsided substantially. My doctor confirmed an association. Another doctor told me there is a link between sugar and inflammation. The arthritis is still with me, but the pain is much less intrusive.

Comment from: sasha61945, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I have arthritis in my right wrist, right shoulder and across the lower part of my back. I also have fibromyalgia. I now use essential oil of lavender directly on these areas and within minutes the pain is gone. For a couple months I've been doing this and all my pain is gone. Other essential oils that stops pain are essential oil of peppermint and marjoram.

Comment from: Fred, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 12

Cartilade shark cartilage rebuilt the cartilage in the joints in my hands. They are like new now. I have no more pain or stiffness.

Comment from: Superbeing , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 15

I was severely affected by arthritis and almost all of its symptoms like joint pain, stiffness, swelling etc. After trying physiotherapy for 3 months, it actually helps to relieve pain but not completely, my friend suggested Ayurveda which has helped me.

Comment from: grumble, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 09

I had knee pain from a fall 2003. My doctor gave me cortisone shot and it was great for 6 months. I had a 2nd one not as good, lasted for 3 months. I went to the orthopedic surgeon, he x-rayed my knee and saw nothing. I had MRI which showed arthritis, he said. He said 4 shots a year is ok; or a total knee replacement later. There is no damage from fall, bones look good, and nothing is torn. I worked in construction, retired now but knees are not strong and they hurt. At 69, I am active remodeling, on ladders, etc.

Comment from: Sunita, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I am 75rs. old female and always kept myself very active. Lately I started having knee pain.... not swelling or anything.Started pain med. of little use.I now joined the GYM and feeling good yet couldn't walk for a longer time. My DR. diognised it as arthris. I don't want surgery at all. Mentally I am very sharp and feel great about myself.Yet I am worried. I need help.

Comment from: Convinced, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 07

I recently suffered from severe soreness in my right knee which eventually developed into such a painful condition I could not lift my leg or put weight on it to walk. After trying several home treatments, I finally went to an urgent care clinic where x-rays showed advanced arthritis in the joint. I was given a cortisone shot and within 3 hours, the pain was completely gone and I had regained complete use of my leg. It has been four days since I was given the injection and I am still pain-free and able to walk normally.

Comment from: Dee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I have just been told I have RA.I didn't even complain about my aches and pains.I just had some blood work done.I would like to know if there is natural remedies instead of doing drugs with all kinds of side effects.I also have high blood pressure,so I'm leary of using more drugs.I'm only 54 years old.This has totally freaked me out.I am a pretty active person.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I take Celebrex. I've tried other NSAIDs, but this medicine is the only one that keeps my osteoarthritis from wrecking my life. I've also found spinal injections of cortisone to be helpful in relieving extreme pain.

Comment from: lizarna, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I am not sure if have arthritis or not. I have noticed a lot of unusual, and sudden, joint pain and tightness. I hear clicking in my joints from my elbows, hands, knees. All are sporadic. My hands feel uncomfortable, tight and the joints get stuck in motion as I move them. My knee gets sharp pain when I move it into a crossed leg position. It seems like all of this has happened in a matter of a month or two. I also have stiffness all over and headaches. I am not really sure what is wrong and am hesitant to go to the doctor. I am 29 and thought I was a little young to be experiencing this sort of discomfort.


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Comment from: Grandma 72, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

I was in an auto accident years ago. I didn't think anything was wrong with me other than the normal whiplash problems. About 2 hours after accident I began having pain in my thumbs. I went to the emergency room. They assumed it was caused from whiplash of my neck. I went to chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Doctors. I finally went to a Doctor that said I had arthritis and it was due to the accident and he could do surgery on my thumbs. I checked with the Arthritis Foundation and what the doctor said was true. I had surgery on the right thumb with a ceramic ball. It was good for a while. I went back to the doctor and now I have tendonitis in the joint. I can't believe the difference. I have no pain at all. During physical therapy a ganglion cyst came on a tendon on the back of my right hand at the wrist. I had it drained by my primary physician, but that didn't work so back to the surgeon. I would be interested in hearing of anyone who had or has a similar problem.

Comment from: Meibear, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 04

My daughter was diagnosed with systemic onset juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 15 months. She is now almost 9 years old and is currently in a remission state. She is currently receiving an Enbrel shot (25mg) every 10 days; methotrexate (0.6mL) weekly; and thalidomide (50mg) nightly. This is working great for her now. At least she is off of the Decadron.

Comment from: GFfoodparadise, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

After years of increasing joint pain and inflammation in my neck, mid and lower back, ankles and wrists, I began to give up hope. Doctors said I had some arthritis so I had tried Celebrex and many other medications that helped the pain symptoms, but did not get rid of them. Any exercise and many other activities (except being in the water) caused so much inflammation and pain that I could hardly move for several days afterward. My daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 9 years ago, (the rest of our family tested negative), so I keep up with the latest news and findings in regards to that and Gluten Free diets. In the past few years I began to read more and more about arthritis and chronic inflammation (of many kinds) being helped by a Gluten Free diet. Finally in desperation, I tried going Gluten Free in January; within 2 weeks I could tell a major difference in my pain and it has only continued to get better since then. I can now move, bend, etc. pain-free for the first time in many years. I'm off all prescription drugs for arthritis and inflammation problems, and am exercising and enjoying many activities that I haven't been able to do in many years.

Published: June 20

I have moderate osteoarthritis in my hips. To minimize the pain, I perform light yoga, range of motion exercises, and core strengthening exercises several times a day. When I start feeling stiff, I do a quick two-minute stretch and add a few leg lifts. At least once a week, I take 600 mg of Ibuprofen, but usually I stick with 250 mg of Aleve or Motrin per day. A 15-minute hot shower before exercising helps warm up the hip muscles, so that exercises are easier to do.

Comment from: Renu, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and after undergoing Ayurvedic treatment at Kerala, I am ok and able to walk and do all the work.

Comment from: Robin, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

I have suffered from knee arthritis as well, I like to say thanks to Dr. Purita an orthopedic surgeon at Boca Ratan FL, He treated me using Stem cells procedures. Now I am feeling very much better. Thanks To Dr. Purita and Stem MD .

Comment from: 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 12

Naproxen works well for me and my husband!

Comment from: Maddy, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I was diagnosed with arthritis in my hip when I was just in third grade, so I was about 8 years old. I was in and out of the hospital all of the time; it wasn’t getting any better. I tried medication, draining the fluid of the hip, and things like that, but nothing helped. So the doctors thought that I would need a hip replacement, but before that, they tried one last thing. They injected something into my hip and it’s never been better. I also believe that swimming and dancing were the best two things for my hip. I'm now 14 years old, and I have hardly any problems with my hip!

Comment from: Jo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I am a 39-year-old female, and I have had arthritis in my lower back for eight years. I tried various pain relief methods and none of them helped. I have found that a monthly treatment of acupuncture and light, daily exercise have been the best relief. I occasionally use a heat pad on my back during the winter months but feel the acupuncture is the best form of pain relief for me.


The term arthritis refers to stiffness in the joints. See Answer
Comment from: activemom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I am 45 years old and have been an athlete all of my life. I was diagnosed with osteo arthitis five years ago. I was a dance/ fitness instructor at the time. I am no longer able to teach but through much trial and error have found that daily yoga stretches (sometimes twice daily) and light cardio several times a week provide me with quite a bit of relief. I also take Glucosamine HCI daily, though I am not certain that it helps.

Comment from: futuremae, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 31

My wife has arthritis, she is taking Tylenol and that don't work very well.

Published: July 31

Occupational Therapy also plays a huge role in preventing and treating arthritis! We help with pain management, joint protection techniques, hot and cold baths, paraffin wax, and appropriate exercise please look up occupational therapy.

Comment from: kolombia, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 05

Especially in the morning I am unable to get up as usual. I have stiffness, pain, and swelling in the leg is crucial.

Comment from: driver321, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I have been suffering with lower back pain due to arthritis for almost 2 years now, but I have found that the best relief for me was when I started taking the shots in the lower back for sacroiliac joint injections along with 800 mil. of Ibuprofen. It is a relief to be able to walk again.

Comment from: Carey53, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 07

I am a male, 53 years young, although my body feels like it is 100 years old. I was diagnosed with AR about 2 years ago. It has been a lot of trial an error, to say the least. I have gained 55 lbs in 14 months, due to lack of exercise and meds that I currently take for my AR: Prednisone, Sulfasalizine, Plaquenil, Methotrexate and Calcium 600 with Vitamin D. I should also point out I have had 4 low back surgeries and take Diazepam (muscle relaxers), Methadone and Hydromorphone for the pain. I am sure that this helps also with my AR. My has gotten a little better since the Methotrexate started (about 2 months), I was on 10mg of Pred.(2yrs), now I am only on 5mg. Hopefully I will be off the Pred. shortly. I still get stiff and swollen in my hands, fingers, wrists, knees, feet, etc. I also still wake with hands either asleep or tingling so badly I cannot even open the door to my bedroom. Time will tell as they say. Oh, just for the kicker I also have COPD, on 0'2 24 x 7. But I guess it is better then being dead? Sometimes I do wonder though!

Comment from: patty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I'd like to know if pain in my fingers, the joint near the nail is caused by arthritis or overuse syndrome from typing over 25 years! I do have pain in my shoulder joints and stretching helps and am on Glucosamine Chondroitin and hopefully over the next several weeks I will be able to feel some improvement.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I am 60 years old, overweight (ugh) but working on that with mild exercise and diet. My doctor prescribed Celebrex over a year ago and it has helped tremendously. I use cold/heat therapy on my right knee and have regular therapeutic massages. I also spend time about 3X a week in a heated pool, then in the sauna for 1/2 hour. Together, these things seem to help a great deal.