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Dealing With Arthritis Pain

Discussion in 'LGBT Later in Life' started by LaurenSkye, Jun 16, 2020.

  1. LaurenSkye

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    I'm putting this threat in the "Later in Life" section since it's something that primarily affects older people. I'm in my late 30's and have trouble with arthritis in my hips. It's caused by a deformity that causes my hips to be more straight up and down than should be. This causes me the most problems at night. If I'm very active during the day, I may have pain in my hips in the middle of the night, which keeps me awake and causes me to be very tired the next day. It also causes me to feel soreness in my hips the next day, though it's not as bad as the pain overnight. I take OTC pain relievers when the pain bothers me, but they don't always help, and usually by time I decide I need to get up and take them, and then by time they start to work, I've already lost sleep.

    Someone said the me that it's okay to take three pills of an OTC pain reliever (instead of the recommended dosage of two as long I don't take too much the rest of the day (which I don't take very much during the day). I'm also wondering if pain relieving creams or gels work on joints, especially hips since there is a good amount of muscle and fat in between the joint and the skin. Also if anyone else has any suggestions they would be helpful as well.
     
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    Have you tried yoga? I'm in my 60s, and it keeps the pain levels low.
     
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    Hi im new to this. Just saw your post im in my 30s and have arthritis as well.
     
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    LaurenSkye.....I have had pain in both hips. Last Summer I had my right hip replaced. I had hoped that when I recovered from the surgery the pain in my left hip would go away as it was supposed to be the right hip throwing the left out of balance. Alas, it was not to be as the left still hurts. This has resulted in an injection in the left hip...which has helped some. I will probably have to have the left hip replaced too. As far as OTC pain meds, it depends on what is causing your pain. If it is muscular or if it has to do with ligaments then the OTC may help some. If the joint itself is damaged and/or the cartilage has been damaged then OTC really isn't going to help much. You really need to see an orthopedic surgeon. He will most likely do some x-rays that will tell you a lot about what the root of the problem is. As a disclaimer...I'm not a doctor or any kind of a medical person...I'm just sharing my experience with you. Seeing an orthopedist would really help you!
    .....David :gay_pride_flag: