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Sep 15, 2018 7:00 AM

Hi, or pehaps I should say g'day. (I'm in Australia)
Can someone share some light on what is taken for OA?
Problem for me is I can't have anti-inflammatory meds as 5 years ago I had a gastric bypass done.
I broke my back & neck in a car accident in 2011 spending 2.5 years in a wheel chair, at 148kg I was told my weight was adding pressure to my spine etc. I've lost over 80kg, walking on good days, BUT, OA has taken over my hands, spine, neck and knees.
I'm SO pleased I've lost weight, but because I can't have NSAID my life is miserable with pain.
Any info, advice is very appreciated


Sep 15, 2018 8:34 AM

Wow 80kg weight loss is amazing! Well done you! Also welcome to the group.

I have OA of my knees and wrists. I do take a nsaid which I know you can't. I'm also taking tramadol, diazepam and gabapentin - I also have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and degenerative disc disease. What are you taking currently?

Take care

Love Hayley x

Sep 15, 2018 5:31 PM

Thanks Hayley, I too have fibro. They decided to put me on lyrica which I have a reaction to, (constant orgasms) yep, would be great if I didn't have pain, but OMG! So for me it's not worth it.
My gp has taken me off tramadol, it's a restricted drug here, and the powers that be decided as it "wasn't helping" I was to do a pain management course. So, no tramadol, endone of fentanyl patches when needed. I only have Panadol osteo for pain. I use heat and ice packs along with heat rubs. I've tried turmeric but the side effect for me isn't worth it. I can't leave the house, staying close to the bathroom 💩🤭
I'm on the road to eliminating sugar out of my diet to see if it helps. I'm just feeling very desperate presently as I'm day 6 of hardly being able to move.


Sep 15, 2018 6:13 PM

I have Osteoarthritis in my knee and spine, and other chronic pain. I'm taking 200 mg of Celebrex (Celecoxib).

Sep 15, 2018 6:47 PM

Oh no I'm sorry to hear you're suffering so much. Did they not give you a choice regarding stopping the tramadol? It's restricted here too, I have a 10 day prescription currently.

I'm doing a antiinflammatory diet which I have found beneficial.

I hope you feel better soon!

Gentle hugs 🤗🙏

Sep 16, 2018 8:59 AM

Try natural formula of anti inflammatory things and consult your doctor if he can help to recommend you anything from these as you had gastric bypass. I also take some of them for myself and not using any NSAIDs for me due to long term side effects. There are more natural things but you have to look for it yourself.


Sep 23, 2018 8:19 AM

Welcome Monpetitbijou! I also have OA, DDD and fibromyalgia, along with many other issues. I haven't been able to use NSAIDs since I developed a bleeding ulcer in 1998. I do have gabapentin but it only helps the neuropathy and some fibromyalgia muscle pain. I can only take the Tramadol if I'm in a fibromyalgia flare. I've found that wearing compression gloves, like IMAK or a needle-crafters glove (finger tips out) help my hands in cold weather. Keeping my joints warm is key. I've also found that I need to move my affected joints every 30-45 minutes or they get stiff and hurt worse; knees, shoulders, fingers, spine. I'm also getting rid of sugar in my diet, and fried foods. My orthopedist told me to get "Glucosamine ASU". He said it works a little differently than other Glucosamine products. I was skeptical at first but after being on it 1-2 months, I was late reordering it and my pain worsened until I started taking it again. My sister takes it too and she said she can tell when she hasn't. Just remember that not everything works for everyone. Try different things until you find what works. And natural methods are better for the body than prescription meds, which have many risks. Hugs love and prayers you get some relief soon! 🙂❤🙏🌼

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