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Rheumatoid Arthritis

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  • Posted By: kitcat48
  • May 29, 2007
  • 00:57 PM

My husband was diagnosed with RA 3 years ago. He has since had 2 total knee replacements and healed well.
He did go back to work a little too soon though.

A big problem he is having is a painful swollen ankle.
He takes no medication except Advil or Tylenol Ones. He did a course of Mexotrexate but found the side effects out weighed him taking it anymore.

Any clue what could be causing this pain and swelling?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

As EvEr

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  • Don't mean to be a smart aleck, but there is no cure for RA. The swelling & pain is caused by the disease he is not treating. Painkillers only mask the symptoms, they do nothing to halt the progression on the disease. Please encourage him to try a diferent tx , there are a large variety of DMARDs available.
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  • I take Glucosamine with Chondrotin (3000mg or 1500mg twice a day double up on bad days) then MSM for pain. I started on 1500 mg, twice on bad days...what a difference! I'm off of Motrin now and I was taking 800mg twice a day.
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