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Natural Medications needed for knee osteoarthritis

I went in Oct for a series of three injections in my knee for arthritis pain, but it didnt work, Then, I went to another doctor and got a symvisc shot in the knee about three weeks ago, but again, so far, it hasnt worked to relieve the pain. Im looking for foods or natural meds that can help relieve pain. Ive tried hemp and cbd oil and black seed, but didnt work. I had such a bad experience with my other knee, which I had a TKR on, so thats not an option for me. Has anyone had any luck with foods? Im on a whole food plant based diet, which I started a little over two weeks ago, and Im hoping that helps. So far, it has not helped. Thx

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Sorry to here of your predicament Gracy1; I'm in a similar situation. No painkillers work for me except NSAIDS which I am not allowed to have sadly. You could try Tiger Balm or Lion Balm available from chemists or online. Tiger is a little stronger than Lion Balm. Not expensive and you've nothing to loose. I'm on Ibuprofen gel at the moment but it doesn't seem to make much difference. Like you I shy away from TKR as I've heard too many horror stories about it. People who could still just walk but after TKR were left in a wheelchair. Hoping this Stem Cell Therapy gets going in all the hospitals.

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Thank you. Ive never heard of Tiger or Lion Balm. Ill read up on it. I do take Ibuprofen occassionally, but I read it breaks down the cartilage in your joints, so I only take it when Im desperate. Are Chemists like Pharmacists? Im from the U.S. and not familiar with that term.

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Yes chemist are pharmacists, we tend to call the shop itself a chemist and the people who work there pharmacists; but some call the shop pharmacies.

If you cant get Tiger Balm in your pharmacy you can get it online and from ebay. Last time I bought some it was around £4.50 for a little jar, small but it lasts for ages. Works for some people but not all. Just rub it well in the knees.

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If you can find an Acupuncturist with lots of experience and full qualifications of 3 years plus and more, this would be a good place to start. Also avoiding wheat might also help from what I have read.

Acupuncture has helped me / my symptoms a lot with the right Acupunturist but finding the right one can take time and research

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Thank you. I just found out that the Veterans Admin (im a vet) is offering acupuncture. Im going to try it.

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Have you tried exercises? They have helped me a lot.

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I was walking 2 miles a couple times a week, but now we have major ice and snow, so not doing that now. But regardless, it never solved the throbbing pain problems. Thx

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I found that I had to do strengthening exercises to be able to walk. knee-pain-explained.com is a really useful site, but in the end I overcame my knee pain with the help of a chiropractor. She gave me hands on treatment and a few exercises. I saw five physiotherapists and one student physio, non of whom could help. Acceptance of knee pain and however many exercises you do you will still have a seventy one year old knee, was what one of them said. I am so glad now that I persevered and I am very much aware that I must continue with an exercise routine. The twinges return after only a couple of weeks off.

Do not give up!

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