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Arthritis treatments anyone?

I have been suffering from what was diagnosed a Frozen Shoulder for past 2 years, last year my other shoulder started displaying the same symptoms. I went for x-rays a couple of weeks ago and just got the results today.
Not frozen after all, it is arthritis in both shoulders, ball joint on LHS (2 years ago) somewhere else on RHS (last year). I already had arthritis in my finger joints but the shoulders are much more painful.
So does anybody have any treatments that work? I already take several "health" supplements (Glucosamine & Green Lipped Mussel extract for my other joint pains). That and a TENS machine takes some of the pain away, but with the weather changes in the past few days I have been in agony from them (and don't like dosing up on pain killers)
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I used to take Glucosamine when it was available on the NHS.  It was then evaluated and proved to have no value at all and cannot now be got on the NHS as a result.  I stopped taking it and have noticed no ill effects.
Like you I suffer from arthritis which my GP tells me is a sign of old age.  In respect of the arthritis in my hip this was cured by a replacement joint.  Other aches are kept under control with Co-Dydromol and Arthrotec which I get on prescription.  I also take Omega 3 and Cod Liver Oil supplements.
Have you  thought of getting your GP to refer you to a pain clinic?  They may be able to help.
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WRT the Glucosamine not making any difference, it does to me, and did to my old dog as well  Wink So maybe different people react differently? I know when my dog got over 12 he was getting stiff in the hips, one Glucosamine tablet and he was back to normal  Shocked
I take it for my cartilage issue with my LH knee and my finger joints and find results quickly  Huh
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Like you I suffer from arthritis which my GP tells me is a sign of old age.

Well given that I am not yet 50  Cry (But seem to have a body that is falling apart - and not from riotous living either  Angry)
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I have fairly severe arthritis in both knees. The ultimate answer is to have knee replacements (which I've been checked out for, but for various reasons including that I wouldn't be able to lift or generally handle my fully disabled wife if they were "done" I am now between a rock and a hard place)
However, my GP at intervals of 4 to 6 months injects my knees with cortisone, which brings almost immediate relief for a while. In between times I find that a couple of Nurofen's work wonders. But don't expect instant relief, they take around 7 to 8 hours to work, so I tend to take them when I know I'm going to need them rather than as a regular dose. This is done with my GP's approval, I rarely take more than 4 a day usually during the outdoor bowls season, but even then not every day.
I tried the maximum allowable dose of Glucosamine for six months. It made no discernible difference.
Take care with Voltarol should you fancy trying them, they can cause severe stomach problems if taken for long periods at highish doses.
I have also a TENS machine with knee wrap attachments. Can't honestly say it helped much, and now don't use it. 
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@petlew How long does the relief using cortsone injections last?
I ask because my mum, at 84, is suffering badly from arthritis in her hips, lower back and ankles. Her ankles are persistently swollen and she says it is what gives her the most pain. She has been given strong pain killersbut refuses to take them anymore as she suffered bad side effects especially drowsiness. Currently she takes up to 6 Co-codemol tablets a day which help but not for long. She's very old school and doesn't have much trust in doctors as she says she has seen too many of her family go into hospital and never come out.
I've heard accupuncture can help - has anyone here tried or knows someone who has tried this?

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Mav, before having my hip replaced I had injections in it.  It is done under X-Ray control (floroscopy) and I had it under general anesthetic. Not all surgeons will do this but luckily I found an excellent one who said if it didn't work we'd lost nothing. You can have 3 maximum.  My first one gave me relief for about a year, the second for 6-8 months and the third only a few months.  That's when I knew it was time for a replacement. My other hip is now causing me pain so in a few weeks I've booked in to have an injection in it.  The treatment doesn't work for everyone but it did for me.
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Some years ago I also had a similar treatment on my back and once again had great results with it. At physio in the pool afterwards I met others who had had the same treatment and once again results varied amongst us.
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We had an aged dog with bad arthritis. The normal vet treatments made her unwell. Eventually a friend suggested the homoeopathic approach and said try Rhus Tox (used for humans). In this case it worked really well and considerably improved the remaining years of our dog's life.  I'm fortunate that I suffer no maladies so I tend not to take medicines.
Do bear in mind that Rhus Tox or more fully Rhus Toxicodendron is extracted from Poison Ivy! Overdoses can have unpleasant effects.
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I suspect my case is probably a fairly rare one but I thought I'd post it anyway..
I started suffering with arthritis in the knees a few years ago and it got very bad a few times to the point where walking was a challenge along with stairs and driving a manual car was almost impossible. I'd wake up in agony, go to bed in agony, still go to work in agony, walk many miles in agony (with a boss that was totally uncaring and thought I was putting it on etc).
I went to see the Dr about another problem that I'd been living with for 4 years - a bad vein that was giving me other problems. They had initially refused to operate on it saying I'd have to live with it etc. That and the arthritis that had crept in incredibly early made my life very miserable along with people at work giving me a hard time. Anyway the doc agreed to a second look at the issue, sent me off for scans, see the specialist etc and they decided that they would do something afterall but not the initial operation - instead they would block and kill the vein via a stent. Went in, had the op and within 3 weeks that had stopped.. and my knee pain had too. I went from severe agony to almost normal within 3 weeks. When I mentioned this to the specialist at my checkup he insisted it was unrelated however a further visit to the GP revealed that it was in fact 'referred pain' that was triggered by the vein which in turn was doing things with my nerves. I still get some mild clicking in the knees but I can now walk without issue, climb stairs pretty easily, drive a car with a manual gearbox and all sorts of other normal things.
I doubt that is of much use but I thought that after living with it for 4 years in agony and being told i'd have to live with it for life, that I would post this in case you have any other similar issues. Arthritis is generally known as degenerative and something that won't get better. I had x-rays and 2 MRI scans on my knees which showed cartilidge damage and despite that, one op and it all cleared up. It's not always bad like I used to consistently believe.
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I would recommend finding a good osteopath, as they are expert in increasing joint mobility which ultimately will give you a better quality of life and reduced pain,  whereas just taking drugs is masking the problem and by doing so is bound to lead to continuing deterioration.
http://www.osteopathycare.com/arthritis.html
I have had excellent results from both osteopaths and chiropractors for various back and joint problems, so much so that I haven't needed to visit for treatment for a couple of years now as my long term seized shoulders and neck are pretty much cured  Smiley
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You could also try a "chinese medic"... they are supposed to be able to "cure" most things with acupuncture....
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Some great advice. I'll do a little more research and put it to my mum in the hope that she may at least try something new to help her.

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@petlew How long does the relief using cortsone injections last?

About 4 to 5 months if you're lucky.
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I have had the injections in both shoulders, no real difference (3 in LHS 2 in RHS), acupuncture works better for me giving me more movement, but not a long term cure for me, although it did fix my trapped nerve I have/had in my shoulder about 18 years ago.
I did visit the local physio and they gave me the injections, as the shoulder was too painful to manipulate by them.
So looks like knee/hip is more common from this thread.
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I don't know much about shoulders but I don't think they are replaced too often because of the complications. I imagine you colud be out of action for a long time as well.
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Just found this video:
shoulder replacement