Seeing Sayers post re Allens tribulations with knee pain, reminded me i have not shared a solution i have found.
First let me say my knees have several places where there is zero cartilage (meniscus) to cushion the joint.
Arthritis is in there big time.
A few months back i was down to barely being able to go from house to garage to take garbage out. For me this was becoming a real scare. (Long story not relevant).
I resigned myself to having the replacements and booked to see the surgeon.
At same time i visited my doc again and bitched like crazy told him i was dissapointed in the medical frat and also that I had days where a couple of tylenol had worked, days where i took a blue allieve gell cap and it helped but nothing conclusive or consistent that permitted me to be able to function normally. Including diet change etc. I was also very pissed off at both him and the two surgeons i had been to. Had tried to have a discussion about the facts of a book i had purchased written by a orthopedic surgeon, but they just discounted the book out of hand as money maker.
My quack then said try this drug and see what it does.
I asked what the ingredients were. He said well its a higher dose of the same thing in Allieve but with a stomach protector. Go figure the OTC version has no protection simply because the dose is lower but nothing stops you upping the number of caps.
Anyhow quack prescribes one tab twice a day.
For me i first took only one in morning and as pharmacist said 15 min before breakfast but must have breakfast with it.
The results have been beyond amazing. So much so i managed to spend 6 hours in the shop yesterday.
Given the relief (no pain killer just anti inflamatory) from a single tab a day, few weeks back i joined the gym thinking i would strengthen my knee muscles in anticipation of op and have been able to do things in the gym i could not believe. Walking at a brisk pace for min 20 min with min pain. What i have discovered is the more i move, the better its getting.
I am over being annoyed with the doc that it took more than 1 year to get to the point where he thought about this drug.
The name of the drug is Vimovo its 500mg Naproxen and 20mg Esomeprazole Mag.
I only take one in the morning and it does me all day.
Changed my life, i hate with undescribable passion taking any meds but this has been worth it.
Allen ask your doc if u can try it given your condition.
My quack could not believe he or the other surgeons had not suggested it long ago. I said all they wanted to do is operate. Now given the wait period we have i am considering living without the op for the moment.
The negative side if find to medicine in our parts is you have to just about become a doctor to get the right attention but thats another story on its own.
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