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Anti-inflammatory diet: do's and don'ts?

I'd like to make adjustments to my diet in an effort to overcome my chronic joint inflammation and poor circulation. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Now what?

Rheumatologist threw up her hands. Now where do I go? [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Jul 5, 2014 - 12 answers

HEY! Build your rainbow bridge somewhere else, mister.

My little lady is 16 this month. She's been my best pal since I was 21. But we're hitting a rough patch, and I'm not sure what my course of action should be. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 14, 2014 - 23 answers

YANMD - Is my crazy foot pain arthritis, or running related?

I recently took up running. Three days after my last run I was struck with crazy pain in my foot which has never really gone away. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty on Jun 14, 2014 - 15 answers

X-ray treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

Can you point me to any research or even provide anecdotal evidence in the effective use of radiation, specifically x-ray treatment, in reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in the hand? [more inside]
posted by tamitang on Jun 5, 2014 - 4 answers

The Aging, Arthritic Dog: What's next?

Our 16 year old shepherd-husky mix, Gertrude (obligatory pic 1, 2) has bad arthritic hips and has trouble lying down, getting up and does not like to go down the short flight of stairs to go outside. She's on Rimadyl and Proin. We do have pain medication (Tramadol), which she does not like at all/will not take without a fight. She's in good spirits and is still eating (which is very good as she can be a finicky eater) and is at a good weight. She has a vet appointment this weekend to discuss if there's a next step to make Gert more comfortable. We are prepared if this is the end of the road (should she let us know so), but we're not quite there yet. Aged Dog Owners of Mefi: Prepare me for the vet - is there a step between where we are and the end, aside from asking for a more palatable pain medication?
posted by sarajane on May 15, 2014 - 19 answers

Arthritis and spray bottles

I have pretty severe arthritis in my hands and fingers. Most things I can manage well enough with. But not spray bottles - spray wax for my hair, for instance - some things I can put into a smaller bottle. Any tips or gadgets? With spray paint, the have those trigger things that help immensely. (I'm not looking for recommendations about different hairspray or whatever.) some of the products cannot be removed from the original container.
posted by crankyrogalsky on May 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Old guy has lots of pains..can you suggest help?

a series of issues giving me lots of annoying pains making me feel awful...Help me feel better [more inside]
posted by Postroad on May 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Can you have arthritis in the knee without swelling?

Both my knees hurt alot and have for years I cant walk for more then a football field without them hurting to much that I have to stop I also cant stand for more then like 10 minutes or they hurt to much. I am 23 years old.I have been to the doctor and he dosent know whats wrong. My question is can I have arthritis without having smelling in my knees? Becasue I dont have swelling just pain.
posted by john123357 on Feb 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Drug questions - should I ask GP or pharmacist?

I just started seeing a rheumatologist for my ankylosing spondylitis. She suggested a long term NSAID rather than just taking ibuprofen as I had been doing. She prescribed two options: diclofenac, which I tried, and Indomethacin, which I have not yet tried. I have questions about the new drug before I start it but my rheumatologist won't be able to respond for about a month. Should I see my family doctor or a pharmacist with questions about the new meds? Are either likely to be really familiar with a random medication?
posted by Naib on Dec 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Serious joint pain, no diagnosis

Does anyone have any experience with persistent, unexplained joint pain in multiple joints? [more inside]
posted by ducky l'orange on Nov 27, 2013 - 23 answers

What is the best bed for an arthritic dog?

About three months ago I adopted a rottweiler mix, about 7-8 years of age. He's delightful and charming and basically the best dog ever, but he has arthritis. He's under treatment for this (meloxicam) and is still pretty mobile, but he does love to sleep. And sleep. And then sleep some more. So I'd like to buy him the best bed possible to ensure he gets to enjoy his favourite pastime. What would you recommend? I've heard about magnetic beds, memory foam, and so forth, but am not sure what I should get. My price limit is $500.
posted by lesbiassparrow on Oct 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Looking for an awesome heated mattress pad

Winter is coming and so is my arthritis. I think it's time for me to invest in an excellent heated mattress pad. [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Sep 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Legs: How do they work!?

I'm a 42yo overweight female. I've been on an ongoing and very successful weight loss program, and have no issues with my diet at this time. My issue is, I seem to have forgotten how to walk... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2013 - 24 answers

I am the parasite who travels two by two.

I've been experiencing fairly serious joint pain since returning from a Central & South American trip, and so has my travel buddy. Doctor found "many Blastocystis Hominis" in my stool sample. Normally doctors don't treat Blastocystosis, and it is usually more linked with GI issues than joint pain. Doctor has given me the option to a) Get medical treatment (that he will prescribe) or b) Wait for an appointment with a tropical medicine specialist (not until late August). YANMD, but what should I do here? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Jul 30, 2013 - 8 answers

What kind of doctor do I need to see for my knee/hip pain?

I am 28 and female. Overweight, but no other health problems. I've had deep, aching knee and hip pain since around 2003. Most of the time since then, I have been un- or under-insured. I'd like to finally get this figured out and treated, but not sure what kind of specialist I should go to. My latest trip to a primary-care doctor was useless. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Jul 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Why do my thumbs hurt?

Over the past four or five months I've had pain and stiffness in my thumbs. It started in my right thumb (I'm right handed) and then I noticed it in my left as well. It now seems to be worse in my left - my left thumb hurts a bit more than my right and I can't bend it quite as far. What is likely to be causing this? [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Jul 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Does Omega 3 fish oil, even temporarily, relieve arthritic knee pain?

A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with arthritis in my left knee (no surprise there: ultramarathons, century bike rides, fiendishly long hikes). I've been taking glucosamine chondroitin for a couple of years. The pain flares ever so rarely and when it does, its tenure is brief; and so, it's totally manageable. Now, lucky me, the right knee, the one I had cartilage taken out of 15 years ago, has decided to antagonize me. This while I was taking the glucosamine chondroitin. I've read of the benefits of Omega 3 oil (capsules, serum) for joint pain. I'm writing to inquire if anyone out there has any actual experience, good or bad, with such oil. Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Mar 4, 2013 - 18 answers

Advice re: my father's swift decrease in mobility - arthritis & Synvisc

My father (age 79) has gone from keeping a cane in the car for occasional use to steady himself (through 2012) to being in terrible pain and needing a walker around the house (the latter after a Synvisc injection to the knee 2 weeks ago, knee swelling, and falling - again - at home alone). So far he hasn't broken anything in his falls, but I live 90 minutes away from him and he lives alone. He's accustomed to being quite active and has often been mistaken for a man 10-15 years his junior. [more inside]
posted by pammeke on Mar 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Is there a healing power in the sun?

I live in northern New York where we have short hot summers of about 2 to 3 months and long cold winters. I have a variety of health problems, including joint problems, and hormone problems including low testosterone and higher than normal estrogen (I am a male) . I have noticed that in the summertime If I sit outside for one to two hours every day to absorb the sun I feel healthier, my joints hurt less, my hormones seem better, and I have more energy. Also if I have a cut or a twisted ankle It seems to heal faster then in the winter. Assuming that it was the vitamin D from the sun that was causing this , I took vitamin D pills every day in the winter. However, I did not experience any of the benefits that I experienced with regular sunshine exposure. This leads me to believe there is something else, some sort of other healing power in the sun that either science is not aware of yet or that I am simply not aware of. Is this possible?
posted by john123357 on Feb 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Lyme disease: just how screwed am I?

LymeDiseaseFilter: Have you or someone you're close to had Lyme, had it treated, and more-or-less lived to tell the tale? I'm seeking anecdata to help me calibrate exactly how freaked out I should be about this diagnosis. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2012 - 28 answers

Sigh, It hurts.

Rheumatoid arthritis onset after seve infection? Possible? [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Sep 30, 2012 - 9 answers

arthritis at 30?

Is it normal to be developing arthritis in my fingers at 30, or should I be looking for a new doctor? [more inside]
posted by gally99 on Sep 18, 2012 - 18 answers

Reclusive mum and family issues

What to do about reclusive mum and family situation [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral on Aug 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Sudden onset arthritis in a 37-year old?

Thirty-something woman with no history experiencing sudden-onset arthritis due to change in geography/altitude/climate? Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by petitemom on Jun 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Is it my arthritis or doctor insanity?

YANAD - On tonight's episode - Back Pain, specialist claims it's osteoarthritis, but I am 37 and have absolutely zero history in my family (even extended) is he wrong? What else could it be? Minor snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on May 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Psoriatic Arthritis. Now what?

Psoriatic arthritis. Now what? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Apr 24, 2012 - 22 answers

Does Limping Hurt?

Our 10 year old Australian Cattle dog, Zoe, has arthritis. She limps if she plays too hard or goes on too long of a walk. She is taking high quality supplements. What's the best way to proceed? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Apr 10, 2012 - 20 answers

Finding the right knife

I'd like to get a chef's knife for my wife, as she has recently developed an interest in cooking. The thing is, she has pretty bad arthritis and needs a knife that would be easy to hold, something with a largish handle. Any suggestions as to brand would be great. Also I should mention we are looking for a decent quality carbon steel type knife.
posted by WASP-12b on Mar 21, 2012 - 21 answers

Ow, ow, ow

Am I too young to have arthritis? [more inside]
posted by Arethusa on Mar 19, 2012 - 25 answers

Mother, do you think it's good enough for you?

Balancing function and price: What's the best (and least expensive) Mom Computer, especially if we're trying to go Mac? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jan 12, 2012 - 19 answers

Better tasting food for a dog with arthritis

Our 10-year old australian cattle dog, Zoe, has arthritis. Right now she eats Hills Prescription Diet for mobility, which her vet recommended. It helps a lot, but we'd like to switch her to another food. Is there a food you would recommend? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Jan 8, 2012 - 22 answers

How to be disabled?

I know this sounds shit, but I need some advice on how to continue a satisfying life with a disability. Really long story as short as I can think to write it inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 12 answers

Stick me with needles...

(Acupuncture filter) - So I made an appointment for acupuncture. Looking for stories, suggestions, and did it help you? [more inside]
posted by handbanana on Jul 26, 2011 - 16 answers

What's a good book about joints for the layman?

What's a good, reasonably priced book that will tell a mechanically-minded layman how the joints of the human body work, and how they fail (especially in arthritis)? [more inside]
posted by Koray on Jun 22, 2011 - 2 answers

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment?

Rheumatoid arthritis: info about treatments, especially methotrexate? [more inside]
posted by languagehat on May 17, 2011 - 19 answers

How to enjoy a city break without walking?

My mother has recently been diagnosed with arthritis of the hips. She's going to Florence on holidays summer and is used to doing lots of walking: recommendations? [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda on Apr 30, 2011 - 6 answers

tips or advice for cat with arthritis?

tips/advice for a cat with arthritis? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Apr 20, 2011 - 12 answers

Please help me help my mum.

My mother (45yo) is suffering tremendously from some sort of arthritic condition. But is there something else we should be looking for? [more inside]
posted by gruggywoof on Apr 15, 2011 - 20 answers

Help me build a special dog ramp

Help me design a ramp to fit over a staircase for a dog to go up and down. My parents’ dog has arthritis. My parents house has a hardwood floor staircase that she can’t go down comfortably. She slips and frequently falls down the stairs and it’s obviously painful and stressful for her to go down. I’d like to build her a ramp with some ridges (i.e. pieces of wood set up as crossbars so her feet don’t slip). Two catches inside. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Apr 3, 2011 - 25 answers

Gout go away?

Is gout permanent? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Mar 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Podiatrist or orthopedist?

Should I go to a podiatrist or foot/ankle orthopedist for this particular arthritis/toe problem? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy on Mar 23, 2011 - 9 answers

It's hard to deadlift with arthritic hands

Does anyone have experience with autoimmune disorders, particularly rheumatoid arthritis, and exercise? [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Dec 26, 2010 - 21 answers

Talk to me about DMSO please.

My vet gave me a sample of 99.9% DMSO for my dog's back pain issues. I had never heard of the stuff and was totally fascinated by what I read while researching it. Is there a plot of some kind to keep it criminally underused? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack on Dec 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Google has nothing for 'arthritis-friendly purse'

I’m looking for a purse with several credit/debit card holders that hold the card(s) snugly but are easy to remove for someone with severe arthritis in their hands (think claws). Recipient is in their 70’s, female, with plain tastes. We’re in the UK so it’d be great if the item could be a) purchased online with guarantee of delivery before Xmas or b) bought in a department store like Marks & Spencer or Debenhams.
posted by She Kisses Wyverns on Dec 13, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I lose weight, when I am supposed to severely limit my walking and standing?

How do I lose weight, when I am supposed to severely limit my walking and standing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2010 - 48 answers

What's minerals are likely to be deficient with somebody who has arthritis?

A friend of mine has premature arthritis (she's 40 years old). She can't get enough iron, despite taking supplements, and we recently worked out that she's short of magnesium too. Loss of minerals is a common problem with arthritis but what other minerals is she likely to be missing, and what's the best way of replacing them?
posted by humblepigeon on Aug 12, 2010 - 13 answers

Pain relief for a cancer and arthritis patient in New York City?

My father, in his late 60s, is a prostate cancer and arthritis patient and is currently in a lot of pain to the point where he doubles over groaning. His oncologist and general practitioner have prescribed Oxycodone, which he takes one-two at a time, but sometimes even that doesn't help and other times it makes him sick. The MDs aren't sure whether the cancer or arthritis are to blame at the moment. He'll go back on chemo on Monday and get a full set of scans in September. Meanwhile, does anyone have recommendations for pain relief of the mainstream or alternative variety? He has already tried acupuncture without great success. His lives in NYC. Thank you.
posted by AlmondEyes on Aug 11, 2010 - 10 answers

Helping Dad after hip replacement

How to help family member after hip replacement? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat on Jul 29, 2010 - 10 answers

Tips for using diet to reduce pain.

Has anyone has any experience with using a vegan, gluten-free diet to control Rheumatoid Arthritis and/or migraines? What experiences have you had and what hints / recipes would help make this transition easier? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Jun 2, 2010 - 18 answers

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