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Old 05-07-2009, 12:55 PM   #1
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Dang Old Age
lol...Ok, well, I'm not really THAT old, I'll be 32 later this month, but, I sure have aches and pains as if I were older than I am...I really think I have arthritis in my knees, and, it seems to be forming in my right elbow now as well. I've had the knee pain (and knee popping) for some time now; it started with my right knee and gradually became both knees. Within the past month is when I noticed it effecting my right elbow.

Oh, and a new knee symptom is a hot/burning feeling just above my knees...fun, fun!

As most anyone with arthritis (or arthritic symptoms) knows, when the weather changes, and before it rains, the pain becomes intense...It seems it's worsening with me each year.

Basically I was just wondering if anyone with the same problem/s could tell me what the best pain medicine is for this? I've seen commercials for Aleve, does that help a lot? I've used Ibuprofen but it seems to work only occasionally.

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Old 05-07-2009, 01:11 PM   #2
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Pain is our body's way of telling us there's a problem and you may not have arthritis. Your knees may be giving you a problem due to tight leg muscles, see about how to relax them rather than take a pain reliever. A 15 or 30 minute massage can help, or soaking in a tub with epsom salts. Acupuncture is really good at relieving pain, sometimes permanently, and can help rebalance your body.
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I had to laugh when I saw that it was you posting and the title. Pain is never amusing though. :(

I have arthritis in my cervical spine (neck) and I gotta tell you that burning/hot is not a symptom as far as I know or have ever heard. I'd suggesting going to a doctor if at all possible.
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I had to laugh when I saw that it was you posting and the title. Pain is never amusing though. :(

I have arthritis in my cervical spine (neck) and I gotta tell you that burning/hot is not a symptom as far as I know or have ever heard. I'd suggesting going to a doctor if at all possible.
I would have to agree about the burning pain. I have arthritis in both knees, ankles and now my hips. What I notice most is the joint pain and swelling, feeling like you can't bend your knees all the way.

I agree, you should see a doctor because it might be something else that could be "cured". As for pain meds, I take pretty large doses of Ibuprofen and that works but it's really hard on your kidneys and your liver.
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These days I have been using eccentially T1's...or 222's or what ever you want to call em...tylonol with codeine...as long as I don't need them often...it works well enough...

But yeah...ultimatly...the doctor is the best option...
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I don't know if it's a problem where you live, but whenever anyone has joint pain around here, they are tested for Lyme's disease. If it's at all possible, have it checked out.
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Have you given any thought to seeing a doctor? Self-diagnosis is not always wise. And the OTC cure that works well for another may be disastrous for you.
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Yeah, I thought about it, but, I have no faith in my doctor...well, most doctors...He'd probably tell me again I have allergies

It's weird for me though because I only experience the pain when the weather changes...I knew, the minute I woke up yesterday, the weather would be bad...The weather was awesome yesterday for a while...A bit warm but sunny and breezy, it was wonderful...However, my knees were KILLING me...Sure enough, about 9:00 last night we started getting lightning followed shortly by a big 'ol thunderstorm....Usually, after the rain, my knees feel better...But, last night, they didn't...Woke up today and it was raining again, pretty hard at times then eventually it cleared up...My knees feel fine now and it's bright and sunny outside...

The reason I'm leaning towards arthritis is because it runs rampant in my family on my mom's side...My grandma has it really bad in her knees...Also, my younger sister is being tested for different types of arthritis because of symptoms she's been experiencing for a while now...They ruled out Lupus and Rheumatoid but they want to do more testing on her...And, she's only...um...lol...28 or 29. She has more outward symptoms than I do...Her fingers are starting to look weird (kind of like twisting) and she's lost a TON of weight without trying...I'm wondering if what I feel with the weather changing is an indication I will develop arthritis in my knees, or, if I'm in the very early stages of arthritis.

Plus, I don't really have the money to see a doctor...We're already behind on co-pays and bills for visits that were uninsured so unless my head is half severed from my shoulders, I don't think I'll be visiting a dr. any time soon
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It could be anything. When I was in high school I swam competitively and didn't really do much cross training. On top of everything I swam the butterfly so I didn't even really use my leg muscels other than my hips, butt, and thigh. My junior and senior year of high school I started having really bad knee pains and sometimes if I bent over the wrong way my left knee especially would pop out. The 4th time it happened I went to the dr who sent me to an ortho and got x-rays and the whole thing. As it turns out, in my knees, the muscles and ligaments that join all of bones were weak. I was even able to push my kneecap around, like side to side and up and down. It was pretty gross but I never realized that I wasn't supposed to be able to do that. Exercise honestly, really helped. I started walking and doing yoga and gradually jogging and now running and I don't have any pain in my knees. I still do yoga though too.

Obviously, go see a doctor, but my point was it could be something really easy to fix in the big scheme of things.
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Just because your sister was negative for lupus or RA doesn't mean you are too. When the weather changes, the drop or raise in barometric pressure affects the fluids in our bodies, which is why you experience worse systems when a storm goes through. Yoga is really good for increasing flexibility of the entire body; the poses are good stretches and it can also increase the strength of weak muscles.
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