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    Arthritis...

    Hi...
    Anybody else afflicted with this accursed malady?
    I have had severe arthritis in my neck for about 7 years ever since my bout with salivary gland cancer and the resultant surgeries and radiation treatments.
    My neck vertebrae have been afflicted with radiation induced arthritis ever since. It wasn't to bad until I had Burkitt's like Lymphoma in 2016 and underwent some additional radiation treatments and chemotherapy for a metastasized brain tumor.

    The arthritis in my neck has gotten steadily worse. Most days after a hot shower, some stretching exercises and Advil it quiets down to the point that I can do pretty much whatever I want.

    Until today...the pain simply won't ease off. I was supposed to go to the gun club with my son but I simply can't hold my head up for more than a few minutes without needing to support it.

    Any suggestions that might ameliorate the situation would've greatly appreciated.

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    Heat and massage helps me.
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    Appreciate the response...
    I have a neck massager...so distracted by the arthritis I had forgotten about it.
    Thanks for the reminder.

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    I use a tens unit,for my neck as well with heat works best for me.
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    Arthritis is one of those things like back pain till you've got it you don't realise how bad it can be .

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    500 mg turmeric capsules three times a day. This is what a young male nurse with congenital arthritis described that he now uses after lots of research. He told me this while I was in the hospital after passing 6 units of blood due to too much Advil/ibuprofen that shredded my large intestines. They did both upper and lower scopes and found no hint of cancer. Hope it helps. GF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Fox View Post
    500 mg turmeric capsules three times a day. This is what a young male nurse with congenital arthritis described that he now uses after lots of research. He told me this while I was in the hospital after passing 6 units of blood due to too much Advil/ibuprofen that shredded my large intestines. They did both upper and lower scopes and found no hint of cancer. Hope it helps. GF
    I will look into the turmeric.
    Thank you

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    Coincidentally we’re at arthritis camp this weekend. My son has had polyarticular juvenile arthritis since he was three. It’s so bad for him that we control it with expensive medication.

    I have some fairly minor issues with my feet, and can attest that turmeric and glucosamine are very helpful.

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    I had bad arthritis in my neck and can't take NSAIDS because I am on blood thinners. I had a nerve ablation for the pain and have been pain free in my neck for three years. I had 2 of them in my lower back, but the disc and vertebrae in my lower back are now so bad that I will probably be having my third lower back surgery in a couple of months.
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    I have gout, which is a form of arthritis.
    Also have arthritis in my hands.
    Most of the time, it's not bad.
    When it acts up, they get stiff and a little sore.
    I've tried all kind of over the counter, and holistic medication.
    Nothing really had any long term results.
    I'm guessing I'm just going to have to get use to it.
    Just getting old.

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    I take turmeric 3 times a day and a shot of apple cider vinegar. I can tell the difference when I don't take them.
    I have it in my hands and right shoulder.
    it is old injuries coming back to haunt me.

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    My mom suffered badly in her hands and feet. No real relief for a long time. I'm getting it in my lower back and in both hands. I wake up and can't move my fingers without pain. Hot shower first thing loosens things up, but still hangs around. Part of getting old I guess. I've heard about the tumeric, one short study had it working as good as tylenol.... that ain't sayin much as tylenol does nothing to relieve mine.
    Ibuprofien, but only one in a while when it is bad. Stomach issues I don't need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robg View Post
    Arthritis is one of those things like back pain till you've got it you don't realise how bad it can be .
    Lucky me.
    I have had back pain for 35+ years now my Doc informs me that I have developed rheumatoid arthritis in my lower back as well.
    Now, I know why my back been killing me for the last couple of years.
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    I know the high-power, high dollar medication isn't what most of us need or want, but there are some very effective options now. My son is on Humera, and it completely controls all the symptoms. Without it he's effectively crippled. We just attended a session with the doctors a couple hours ago, and found out that there are some new drugs in the pipeline, working through clinical trials and government approval. They said it appears to be both safer and more effective than the current biologic "miracle drugs".

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    work with a good rheumatologist, and hope you find something that works for you. i live on humira injecitons, and meloxicam. not totally effective, but way way way better than without. one thing is for certain, you must get arthritis under control, or it will get worse.

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    The warmer temps of Arizona seem to be helping me. I take my share of Equate which contains acetaminophen (NSAID). I alternate between that and Nabumetone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abunaitoo View Post
    I have gout, which is a form of arthritis.
    Also have arthritis in my hands.
    Most of the time, it's not bad.
    When it acts up, they get stiff and a little sore.
    I've tried all kind of over the counter, and holistic medication.
    Nothing really had any long term results.
    I'm guessing I'm just going to have to get use to it.
    Just getting old.
    I also have Gout and take allopurinol and Colchicine for it. Once they got the Allopurnol dosage regulated I haven't had a Gout outbreak since. I have arthritis in my hands, feet, and shoulders so I know how you feel.

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    I was taking glucosamine and turmeric. I don't think the tuneric is helping. I also started taking Collagen types 1,2, and 3. Get mine from Costco now. My arthritis was so bad in my left knee I had an MRI done and was basically told it is arthritis and learn to deal with it. My Uncle told me about the collagen. After about one to two weeks my knee was vastly improved and I even got it to "pop". I now will only get occasional twinges of pain from it. I also have a messed up neck and back so hear ya on pain. Good luck.

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    Diclofenac is an nsaid that has helped me. I have arthritis from head to toe so to speak. Ice helps mine much better than does heat. Heat increases inflammation in my case. The local druggist may have suggestions. I have used chiropractors but if I were you, I would not let one twist my neck. I would allow a massage therapist to work it. Tense shoulder and neck muscles may make your pain worse.

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    I would look into an anti-inflammatory diet. That is also the best diet for cancer.
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