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by hazeld15 on Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:17 pm


I started having pain in my knees about 7 years ago but didn't do anything about it 'til 2 years later when I was sent for xrays and told I had moderate to severe arthritis. Over the years it has grown incredibly worse, sometimes I can hardly walk. I am now taking Tramadol 4 times a day, Ampitriptyline before bed to help me get to sleep because of the pain and cocodamol 4 times a day. Is there anything else I can take (instead of the medication I am taking now, not as well as) ?

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by talkhealth on Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:28 pm

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Hi Hazel,

I am so sorry to hear you're experiencing such a tough time! I hope some other members of our arthritis community will have some advice to offer, in the meantime I've posted your question to our wider social media community.

Our Online Clinic on Arthritis & Pain Management starts on 1st October, you might like to post your question there when it opens. You can find all the clinic info here: ... s_2016.php

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by Arthritis Action on Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:47 pm

Re: Help

Arthritis is a complex persistent pain condition which may also be associated with neuropathic pain, a confusion of the nervous system in which nerves become more sensitive than usual. It seems that the medication that you are on (Amitriptyline) may have been prescribed for neuropathic pain. This can take a bit of getting used to and you may need to take it consistently for a few weeks before it becomes effective.

There are a number of similar medications that work in a slightly different manner. If your current pain control medication is not working for you, asking your GP for a referral to a specialist pain team may help as they may be able to review your medication and prescribe something that does work, including different neuropathic pain medications.

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by buzzybee on Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:01 pm

Re: Help

hi,I like yourself have tried various medications but the main thing that
helps is cortisone injections to my knees thumbs and elbow which my gp
does about every three months and pain patches which take the edge off
the pain.
At the moment I read that rosehip syrup taken daily or even poured on top
of icecream can help with arthritis so i made and bottled some to try from
the hips in my garden.You can buy it though from the internet or places like
holland and barrett,I will update when i find out if it does any good.
I have tried anything and everything including lying on the cold laminate floor
when I couldn't sleep with the arthritis in my back.
Also have you tried a heat/cold spray this sometimes works for knees,i like the
hot one from my local pound shop.
Hope this might help.

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by 55bluetalk on Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:25 am

Re: Help

I guess we all use medication for pain sooner or later. It seems to me that the first thing to do is an objective plan to find why the pain is there. Maybe it is what we commonly consider "arthritis"-but not necessarily. Pain in or near a joint may also be caused by restricted blood flow or circulation.

If the pain is arthritic and genuinely relates to the friction of bones and/or cartilage then the first step might be to try vitamin C and lysine,. They work together to keep the body with the proper amount of synovial fluid. If however the pain is not genuinely arthritic though located near a joint it could be a re-occurring clot and related to DVT and it might be wise to have your MD check this out.

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by Essentialaids on Sat May 18, 2019 9:03 am

Re: Help

Hii, Sorry to heard that but despite of taking medicines you can buy different mobility aids like rollator walker, reachers etc for your support.Hope this helps.

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