Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-09-2007, 06:33 PM   #1
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Dawg52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Central MS/Orange Beach, AL
Posts: 7,431
Over the counter arthritis meds.............

Over the last few months my left wrist has been giving me some problems. Off and on but not constant although it has bothered me some every day this week. Not enough to keep me off the golf course but it does ache at times. My dad had arthritis most of his life and wound up on morphine towards the end of his life to help him endure the pain. I know I need to have my doc look at it at some point but just wondered what you guys are taking for minor arthritis pain? I've tried Advil, but it has not helped.

__________________

__________________
Retired 3/31/2007@52
Full time wuss.......
Dawg52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-09-2007, 06:48 PM   #2
Recycles dryer sheets
poboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 362
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

Might depend on the dosage, Rich can help on this. Advil is 200mg, the Rx strength was 800mg I believe. I do not have arthritis, but when I have occasional problems I take 4 advil twice a day. I imagine Kentucky basketball fans are taking something much stronger after today.
__________________

__________________
Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
poboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-09-2007, 07:05 PM   #3
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 944
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

I,ve heard good feedback concerning Advil at the 800mg dosage - are you taking any glucosomine/chondrotine supplements?
Also it is a good idea to be "pre-emptive" concerning pain management - take the Advil before going to the golf course/skiing etc.
__________________
Freed at 49. You only live once - live it
Donzo is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-09-2007, 10:14 PM   #4
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 322
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

I suggest a doctor visit

ibuprofen comes in 400 mg, 600mg and 800 mg via prescription
Do not exceed 2400 mg per day
make sure you talk it with food.
Many people go to the er with gi upset or ulcers from taking ibuprofen and other non steriodal medications. So you want to watch your usage.
__________________
spideyrdpd is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-09-2007, 11:44 PM   #5
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,183
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

In addition to the OTC stuff... I do some stretch exercise and a nice cozy heating pad on an ankle issue. Rarely does it keep me from doing what I want but it can be very annoying. Also, have you tried a wrist brace on it Dog?
__________________
crazy connie is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-10-2007, 07:35 AM   #6
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 8,633
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

Quote:
Originally Posted by Donzo
Also it is a good idea to be "pre-emptive" concerning pain management - take the Advil before going to the golf course/skiing etc.
I regretting that I didn't do that before I went snowboarding yesterday. I had a hard time putting on my socks this morning
__________________
Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson
donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-10-2007, 07:42 AM   #7
Administrator
W2R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 38,822
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

Quote:
Originally Posted by DOG52
Over the last few months my left wrist has been giving me some problems. Off and on but not constant although it has bothered me some every day this week. Not enough to keep me off the golf course but it does ache at times. My dad had arthritis most of his life and wound up on morphine towards the end of his life to help him endure the pain. I know I need to have my doc look at it at some point but just wondered what you guys are taking for minor arthritis pain? I've tried Advil, but it has not helped.
Could it be carpal tunnel? I'd suggest making an appointment with your doctor to find out exactly what you're dealing with.
__________________
Already we are boldly launched upon the deep; but soon we shall be lost in its unshored, harbourless immensities.

- - H. Melville, 1851
W2R is online now   Reply With Quote
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-10-2007, 09:53 AM   #8
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
cute fuzzy bunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Losing my whump
Posts: 22,697
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

Alleve has worked better for me for creaky knees.

Something I saw about ibuprofen and naproxen sodium is that you get something like 80% of the benefit from the regular "on the box" dosage, then have to double that to get another 10-15%.

But i'm not a doctor, and dont even play one on tv.
__________________
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
cute fuzzy bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-10-2007, 12:47 PM   #9
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Dawg52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Central MS/Orange Beach, AL
Posts: 7,431
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

Quote:
Originally Posted by crazy connie
In addition to the OTC stuff... I do some stretch exercise and a nice cozy heating pad on an ankle issue. Rarely does it keep me from doing what I want but it can be very annoying. Also, have you tried a wrist brace on it Dog?
Haven't tried a wrist brace yet. I'll show it to my doc next time I go in for blood work to get my cholesterol meds renewed. Funny, I played golf this morning and it was sore to begin with but later it didn't bother me at all. Maybe the beer had something to do with it.
__________________
Retired 3/31/2007@52
Full time wuss.......
Dawg52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-10-2007, 01:53 PM   #10
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
ronin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,190
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

My mother was just hospitalized yesterday for serious internal bleeding from ulcers as a result of long term use of indomethacin. The doctor is recommending 4g of Tylenol daily (1g every 6 hrs). He claims it is safe at that dosage and effective at pain relief.
__________________
We are, as I have said, one equation short. Keynes
ronin is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-10-2007, 04:09 PM   #11
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,616
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cute Fuzzy Bunny
Alleve has worked better for me for creaky knees.
Something I saw about ibuprofen and naproxen sodium is that you get something like 80% of the benefit from the regular "on the box" dosage, then have to double that to get another 10-15%.
But i'm not a doctor, and dont even play one on tv.
Ibuprofen for swelling, naproxen for pain. I don't think they can be taken at the same time, though.

I've been told that ibuprofen's not even considered effective for swelling until you get to an 800 mg dose, preferably after a meal and washed down with plenty of water.

Pre-emptive is the way to go-- at least an hour before golf, surfing, whatever.

My orthopedic surgeon says he has a list of over two dozen medications used for pain & swelling, in varying amounts & prescriptions & expenses. He says some of his patients do fine for months on ibuprofen and others will work through the list over a couple years before they find something that works.
__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-10-2007, 08:16 PM   #12
Full time employment: Posting here.
Sandy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Florida
Posts: 855
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

FWIW, my mother swears by Aleve.
__________________
I would not have anyone adopt my mode of living...but I would have each one be very careful to find out and pursue his own way, and not his father's or his mother's or his neighbor's instead. Thoreau, Walden
Sandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-10-2007, 10:16 PM   #13
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 159
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

I use Blue Emu cream that I buy at Walgreen's or Sam's Club and slather it on & rub it in. Within 20 minutes I'm virtually pain-free. I also recommend Celedrin that I buy from Sun Harvest stores in gel cap form. These two products are amazing.

The Professor
__________________
education is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-11-2007, 10:24 AM   #14
Moderator Emeritus
Rich_by_the_Bay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 8,827
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

Regarding ibuprofen and the like (NSAIDs), there is little to favor one over another besides personal preference. A few exceptions include indomethacin (very rough on the stomach, powerful, but other than in things like gout and a few other conditions, not a good choice), and the infamous celebrex-vioxx-heart attack incident.

400 to 600mg of ibuprofen is generally going to get you most of the relief you are likely to achieve, though individuals react differently. Careful to stay well hydrated as they can damage kidneys (especially already diseased or dehydrated kidneys). They also impair platelets for hours, and that is reversible, so if you have anything that bleeds when it shouldn't (e.g. digestive problems, recent wounds or surgery) check with your doctor before taking these.

Most studies of ibuprofen in otherwise healthy patients using it for short term ailments show no more side-effects than placebo; the one that does pop up a bit is gastritis. Chronic use is different and is best discussed with your doc. Ibuprofen is a pretty safe, pretty effective medication esp for short term use.

Did have a patient once who was deer hunting, sat in a tree for 6 hours and got achey. Started popping 800mg of ibuprofen 4 times a day for the next several days, main consumption was Wisconsin Water direct from the keg tap. The result was severe renal failure requiring dialysis for 2 months. He recovered. Now his liver, that's another story.
__________________
Rich
San Francisco Area
ESR'd March 2010. FIRE'd January 2011.

As if you didn't know..If the above message contains medical content, it's NOT intended as advice, and may not be accurate, applicable or sufficient. Don't rely on it for any purpose. Consult your own doctor for all medical advice.
Rich_by_the_Bay is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-11-2007, 05:42 PM   #15
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Dawg52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Central MS/Orange Beach, AL
Posts: 7,431
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rich_in_Tampa
Regarding ibuprofen and the like (NSAIDs), there is little to favor one over another besides personal preference. A few exceptions include indomethacin (very rough on the stomach, powerful, but other than in things like gout and a few other conditions, not a good choice), and the infamous celebrex-vioxx-heart attack incident.

400 to 600mg of ibuprofen is generally going to get you most of the relief you are likely to achieve, though individuals react differently. Careful to stay well hydrated as they can damage kidneys (especially already diseased or dehydrated kidneys). They also impair platelets for hours, and that is reversible, so if you have anything that bleeds when it shouldn't (e.g. digestive problems, recent wounds or surgery) check with your doctor before taking these.

Most studies of ibuprofen in otherwise healthy patients using it for short term ailments show no more side-effects than placebo; the one that does pop up a bit is gastritis. Chronic use is different and is best discussed with your doc. Ibuprofen is a pretty safe, pretty effective medication esp for short term use.

Did have a patient once who was deer hunting, sat in a tree for 6 hours and got achey. Started popping 800mg of ibuprofen 4 times a day for the next several days, main consumption was Wisconsin Water direct from the keg tap. The result was severe renal failure requiring dialysis for 2 months. He recovered. Now his liver, that's another story.
Thanks Rich. I'll give ibuprofen a try. It's an off an on problem so I won't be using it all the time. Today for example, no pain what so ever.

Thanks for all the replies.
__________________
Retired 3/31/2007@52
Full time wuss.......
Dawg52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............
Old 03-13-2007, 12:03 AM   #16
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 322
Re: Over the counter arthritis meds.............

use lowest effective dose for shortest possible duration

The 400mg dose should be fine for pain. The higher dosage is for arthritis/inflamation.

Rich makes a good point. You want to check with an md if your on a water pill.

__________________

__________________
spideyrdpd is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Arthritis - Joint Pain Danny Health and Early Retirement 6 11-30-2006 10:24 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:47 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.