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How do you cope with your aches and pains?

Many of us have a constant challenge managing daily aches and pains, caused by a variety of health issues, such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, spondylitis, fibromyalgia, gout and many other conditions. This is a place where we can share our concerns and support for each other, so feel free to get chatting about any issues which you feel you would like to share ….

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3rd Dec 2019 20:47:49
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I have just recovered from a slipped disc. Oh my, how painful was that? I was not on here because I just could not use my laptop on my lap as the pressure of using it was too painful. The doctor came out to see me. I cannot take strong main killers so it took much longer to get under control. I could not even lift my legs onto the bed. Fortunately a niece came and helped me get to bed and in the mornings she unlocked my front door and opened my blinds. Pain is so debilitating sometimes. I am well on the way to recovery now. Thankfully I have good friends who brought me food etc. I really appreciated the help I received, and learned it is okay to ask for the help I needed.
Scottish lady
24th Nov 2019 19:59:52
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Anyone had experience with Protruding discs in spine. I don't have too much bother during the day but can't sleep at night for the pain in my thigh and leg. Doesn't matter which way I lie, just can't sleep.
18th Jun 2019 23:54:33 (Last activity: 10th Nov 2019 14:31:25)
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Hi everyone. I have had fibromyalgia for many years. It’s often a challenge getting thru the days but I try to stay positive. I don’t know anyone else with fibro and find lots of people don’t accept or understand the condition. Would be interesting to chat to others with fibromyalgia and hear your experiences.
Response from Christiana made on 19th Jun 2019 08:42:02
Response from seniorsummer made on 8th Nov 2019 20:39:34
Fibromyalgia is really common, I am surprised you don’t know anyone with it. is a good place to start, it is a charity for Fibro warriors like you. There are many support groups that you can get involved with.

Try searching ‘fibromyalgia support groups in my area’.

I’m in Leicester and have met some other Fibro warriors at support group meetings. I have become good friends with some of the members.
Response from PatriciaB96 made on 10th Nov 2019 14:31:25
Good afternoon , I have fibro also osteoarthritis in my knees , yes life can be extremely pain with the blow torch burning hot and cold , I get it in nearly every part of my body , not all at once tho .
27th Aug 2019 19:57:44 (Last activity: 28th Aug 2019 13:01:52)
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I should have said that the pain I experience comes from an accident that crushed my knee cap and splintered my shin bones. The only option I was given was amputation. It escalated into arthritis, which I already have in my hands and feet. I refused and will continue to refuse. I was on very strong pain relief that resulted in my bowel becoming perforated, so now I take the odd paracetamol and put up with whatever pain comes my way. I find heat helps me - using fingerless gloves, using warm throws over my legs and keep my legs raised as long as I can. There is no way, I am giving in or giving up.
Response from Dani made on 28th Aug 2019 07:04:30
My goodness, Anne, you are very brave and I’m filled with admiration for your determination. What a great example you are to us all as we struggle with the niggles of getting older.
I know that pain killers can result in severe consequences, but to manage your pain on the occasional paracetamol must be very trying. I really hope that your doctors find something to alleviate the suffering you are going through.
Thank you for sharing and God bless.
Response from AnneS101 made on 28th Aug 2019 13:01:52
Thank you Dani, perhaps I use mind over matter without realising it. I am sure it is our mindset that determines an outcome. I also have a strong faith and believe that whatever I go through God has given me the grace to do it with dignity.
27th Aug 2019 19:53:46
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I am housebound and live with pain constantly, however I will not be beaten. Life for me has changed considerably over the past 5 years and there were times I could have just given up and given in, but then, if I did, I would not be here now. Whatever you are going through - don't give in and don't give up.
4th Aug 2019 02:47:48
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Hello, I've not been on here before but would like to find someone to chat to as to how to pass time when you are living on your own, can't go out without help and feeling lonely?
15th Jan 2019 19:57:48 (Last activity: 21st Jun 2019 11:37:33)
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Hi , I am new to the site, but seems lots of great info and ideas.
A s regards pain, I have suffered for 30 years with a back problems, inflamed discs leading to bad posture , mis allignment of my spine and all the follow up problems, one thing leads to another and with bad attacks every couple of years caused by repetative movements, i.e decorating , cutting the grass etc.
As I have got into my fifties though , the last couple of years have been a case of more frequent episodes having to take 8 or 9 painkilliers , anti inflammatories and deep heat daily just to function, to get out of bed and to be able to move, surgery was an option but risky with no guarentees. I have since december last year been taking cbd oil, and havent had to take any of these since.
It is worth looking into as it is helping to allieviate and prevent a whole host of medical problems.
But do your research as to where you get it , strengths , and make sure it is thc free.
Response from peterkalya made on 21st Jun 2019 11:37:33
Hi Richard. Has anyone looked at your back to find out why you have these weak spots in it? Usually pain is there to warn you that you are causing damage. I'm glad you have finally found some pain relief but concerned that you might need to see someone to help sort out your back.
19th Jun 2019 09:39:21
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I have osteoarthritis in my knees , and it can be very painfully when it flares up , especially when you feel your knees gets smashed with a sledge hammer then sat on , the only thing woeks for me at the moment is very strong painkillers ,injection don't work for me , I do have some sort of flare up inmy hands at times when they feel like they are burning on it inside a touch of flbromyalgia .
Scottish lady
5th Mar 2019 18:52:22 (Last activity: 8th Mar 2019 19:53:01)
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I have had a sore back for a while which has been diagnosed as something to do with the vertebrae but for the past few weeks I have had a pain in my side. Was told it was referred pain. Has anyone experienced this problem due to vertebrae.
Thank you.
Response from Lionel made on 6th Mar 2019 16:24:38
An osteopath might be the way forward for you. Many years ago I had a very serious back injury and it was osteopaths who got me walking again.
Response from Scottish lady made on 8th Mar 2019 19:53:01
Thank you for your reply Lionel. Yes I think you are right. I have an appointment made.
10th Feb 2019 08:27:59 (Last activity: 11th Feb 2019 23:54:32)
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I had a torn rotator cuff a couple of years ago which took about 10 months to heal. I didnt take the painkillers prescribed by my doctor. I took turmeric and pineapple instead. Their active ingredients, curcumin and bromelain respectively, , can help reduce infllammation.. My pain was reduced by 50% each time I took them.

Needless to say, I prefer natural treatments..
Response from Lionel made on 10th Feb 2019 23:11:03
Jelling, an excellent post. Thank you.

My wife and I have been using naturopathetic remedies and vitamin therapy for 15 years with a lot of success. We've made a thorough study of it and have found it less harmful and intrusive the conventional therapies. The only downside is over dosing on vitamin C - the effects on the stomach are fairly immediate and socially disastrous.

We have three Collies, a family, here and they have been treated as the need arises with remedies and vitamins suitable for dogs. My eldest dog is 15 and, apart from a few creaking joints (to be expected in a supremely athletic beast) he's well and active.

After many years as a farm stockman I've a deal of arthritis, but then I am too small for the heavy manual work involved with cattle. None the less my relief from pain is vitamins and minerals.

Naturally, we prefer natural.
Response from Jellina made on 11th Feb 2019 14:36:33
Hi Lionel,

I'm curious to know what types of vitamins and minerals you are taking for pain.

I loooove animals. Ive been known to pick up strays. Got 3 dogs and i feed a couple of stray cats.
Response from Lionel made on 11th Feb 2019 22:30:41
Jellina, rather than give you a specific answer may I suggest a website and an American author's books. The reason is, we found it some times difficult to make a generalisation; what's effective for my wife is sometimes less so for me.

The author, now deceased, is Adelle Davis. Her books ( 3 of them) are usually quite cheap on and Ebay. The website, which I can high commend although it does get a little technical sometimes, is Andrew Saul has picked up on the work of Adelle Davis and her contemporaries and taken it to a new level. My wife and I have learned so much from these people.

As a word of encouragement about vitamin therapy ...

A Harvard study showed a 27% reduction in AIDS deaths among patients given vitamin supplements. (2)
There have been no deaths from vitamins in 27 years.
Antibiotics cause 700,000 emergency room visits per year, just in the US. (3)
Modern drug-and-cut medicine is at least the third leading cause of death in the USA. Some estimates place medicine as the number one cause of death. (4)
Over 1.5 million Americans are injured every year by drug errors in hospitals, doctors' offices, and nursing homes. If in a hospital, a patient can expect at least one medication error every single day. (5)
More than 100,000 patients die every year, just in the US, from drugs properly prescribed and taken as directed. (6)

Food for thought!

Response from Jellina made on 11th Feb 2019 23:54:32
Thank you! Will check them out.
1st Nov 2018 21:09:00
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Having just joined Silversurfers and reading Sally’s question above I can say that I do my best to stay on top of all my ailments by keeping my mind active even if my body is falling to pieces.
Over the years I have averaged a broken bone about every two years. I have Osteoporosis plus Chronic Asthma and Epilepsy rounded off with Rheumatoid Arthritis and have a pacemaker.
I keep myself occupied now at the age of 88 by writing my poems and answering the many folk who come to me for tales from WW2.
I have written a book about the first 20years of my life that tells of me being cruelly treated by so called Sisters-of -Mercy and then being bombed out twice during WW2 during the London Blitz and machine gunned twice.
I try not to take painkillers because the very strong ones I found caused blockage of the bowels. I just stick to Paracetamol now plus having a good giggle each day with the many folks who I am in contact with and I just live each day as it comes. Best wishes to all.
26th Sep 2018 23:25:27
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I have been using OPC's - strong antioxidant for many years. My Mom used the same product for her arthritis. I also have a friend who used it in high doses after knee replacement along with
MSM. Good for any inflammation
14th Aug 2018 07:25:57
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I have pain from several conditions but believe most were caused by Mast cell activation disorder which most Doc's have no clue about. I just try to ride it out as I react to painkillers so can't have, with Listening to nature sounds and deep breathing or most any distraction I can find and do. I think the worst thing about pain etc is it can be so isolating. I sometimes wish I could plug myself in to my health care peeps Doc's etc so just for a moment they can feel what I and other are feeling then maybe they would be more sympathetic. Sending healing hugs to you all <3
Scottish lady
12th Apr 2018 23:31:34
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Has anyone had neuropathic pain after having had shingles. I have it after getting shingles in my eye and on my forehead and scalp.
Thank you.
Scottish lady
15th Mar 2018 15:09:22 (Last activity: 15th Mar 2018 18:51:49)
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I am just out of Hospital from a four day stay with shingles on my forehead and scalp. It went into my eye, thus the hospital admission. Has any of you had shingles in their eye, and if so, did you recover OK? Thanks.
Response from jeanmark made on 15th Mar 2018 18:51:49
I'm fortunate to never have had shingles but I nursed many patients when it affected their face, including the eye and all recovered. I'll wish you a full recovery as I know how painful it must have been.
Scottish lady
9th Jan 2018 19:01:30
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Does anybody suffer from back of leg pain. I have had Tibialis posterior dysfunction and tenosynovitis in both feet for the past three years, which is bad enough, but have only recently had very painful muscle pains in back of legs. I haven't been to Dr. about this yet but will be going soon unless it improves. Just wondering if anybody else has had this and what they have done about it. Taking painkillers but doesn't help.
15th Nov 2017 09:34:12
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Hi everyone - I’m new to Silversurfers.
Aches and pains come and go for me too - why not explore other options like complementary therapies - for general wellbeing as well as specific pain.
Doctors have their own tools - referral to surgeons, medication, injections and referral to physio; physios in the NHS these days seem limited to assessment and giving exercise - which is great for body maintenance - if you do the exercises, that is; surgeons will operate - that’s what they are trained for after all.
Taking responsibility for one’s own health seems the way forward - nutrition, sensible intake of alcohol, and then explore what else is out there that may or may not help - but if you don’t try - how do you know?
2nd Sep 2017 16:27:14
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I suffer from Headaches caused I think from Neck problems, I. e Osteoarthritis. Don't like to use tablets much because of side effects. Trying at the moment - Melissa Dream tablets to help me sleep better, only just started on them. Has anyone tried them & did they help?
26th May 2017 06:42:47 (Last activity: 1st Aug 2017 19:30:47)
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I'd like to recommend a couple of things. First magnewium helps pain. However magnesium oxide, the cheapset type, is laxative. Magnesium maleate is a good choice or if you can get into a bath buy food grade epsom salts (you can get large sacks online) and soak in a warm bath containing at least one cupful. Stay there 15 minutes and pat dry.
Response from Scottish lady made on 27th May 2017 22:11:54
Thank you for this.
Response from harann made on 1st Aug 2017 19:30:47
Thank you, I am just about to start taking Magnesium Malate, hope it will help with headaches & Osteoarthritis pain.
Scottish lady
27th Jul 2017 18:53:20 (Last activity: 28th Jul 2017 16:06:22)
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Hello, has anyone had any experience of Tenosynovitis, (Tendon sheath inflammation) I have it in my feet. I have other feet problems as well. Have suffered for 3 years. It is changing my life as I am in constant pain and cant do what I want to do.
Response from jeanmark made on 27th Jul 2017 19:34:14
I've seen DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis (inflammation of the thumb) but not in the feet. How is your GP treating it?
Response from Scottish lady made on 27th Jul 2017 21:05:50
I go to the Dr. about this problem on Tuesday. I know what the condition is because I got an ultrasound done in the local Hospital where I was sent as I have continual pain in my feet which is getting worse. It began 3 years ago. The sonographer said that it was inflammation in the sheath lining. It is really "doing my head in, big time".
Response from jeanmark made on 28th Jul 2017 16:06:22
Do non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen help? Hopefully your doctor can sort things out and find an effective treatment. I know for DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis physiotherapy can be effective otherwise steroid injection, I don't know about the foot. Good luck anyway.
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