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Pain is back

  • By aprilsmith63 · New reply 1:59 pm
  • Journal · 6 replies
  • These past few weeks have been rough mentally and physically. I am healing well from discectomy and my youngest daughter is taking steps to renew her life. I pray for the courts to be gentle on her. I ...


  • By kdg1213 · New reply 1:17 pm
  • Journal · 15 replies
  • Today was the firs time I really tested my heart since all these surgeries began, and I feel GREAT! I am so proud or myself ...


  • By FernM · New reply 12:31 pm
  • Journal · 5 replies
  • Hi; What is the best and safest way to balance your hormones. I dropped the Dr I was going to not long after he diagnosed that my estrogen was low and the testosterone was high. My old Dr when I mentioned ...

Supplements to help with hair & nail problems

  • By FernM · New reply 11:15 am
  • Journal · 15 replies
  • HI; My hair is getting very thin & breaks easy and also have problem with my nails. Has anyone found a supplement that has helped with this problem? I have tried a few with no results. Thanks ...

Back Pain Emergency

  • By Lucy_X_Yyvan · New reply 7:46 am
  • Journal · 28 replies
  • How do you guys deal with the back pain the comes along with the winter cold? My entire back is inflamed and stiff, and it hurts to move or breathe, really. The pain is becoming unbearable, and I can't ...

Decided to post my entire story (mostly)

  • By kdg1213 · New reply yesterday at 6:38 pm
  • Journal · 25 replies
  • I am a 23 year old girl who was overweight for most of her life. I lost a bunch of weight in an unhealthy way back in 2009. Then I decided to get healthy. In January of 2011 I started to develop a problem ...

my shoilder replacent

  • By GunGuy · New reply yesterday at 6:20 pm
  • Journal · 13 replies
  • I had my total replacement on april 1st. I'll try to keep a running jornall as I progress along ...

Has anyone had a ream and run?

  • By amiliak74 · New reply yesterday at 7:18 am
  • Discussion in Living with osteoarthritis · 1 reply
  • Hello all, I just had a follow up appointment with my OS following a shoulder scope and debridemnt. He took me through all the imaging and the news was a bit grim. I have grade 3 chondropathy of both ...

bliateral knee replacement 9 wks ago

  • By bilatknees · New reply April 15, 2014
  • Discussion in Experiences with healthcare professionals · 5 replies
  • I am 9 wk post bilateral knee replacement and have concerns w/ my surgeon. Fortunately I am doing well: very stiff, pain and only sleep in about 2 1/2 hr blocks. PT says I am way ahead of the game I have ...


  • By FernM · New reply April 15, 2014
  • Journal · 57 replies
  • I would like to hear from people with osteoarthritis at what their Drs has told them about treatments and if they have found anything that really helps? Thanks ...

Boost VHC Drink - 530 Calories

  • By Duvie · New reply April 15, 2014
  • Journal · 67 replies
  • Thanks to a lovely lady battling ALS, I have found out about this new Boost high- calorie drink to pass on to those struggling to maintain or to gain weight. Check it out online. Take special notice to ...

"A wake-up call from a young e-patient: 'I need to be heard'”

  • By John2 · Posted April 15, 2014
  • Journal · 0 replies
  • From: John Novack, Communications Director, Inspire 4/15/14 Dear members, I am writing to share with you a new guest column in "Scope," the Stanford University School of Medicine's medical blog: "A wake-up ...

SAMe supplement

  • By FernM · New reply April 14, 2014
  • Journal · 20 replies
  • Hi; I am trying to find something to help with the osteoarthritis inflammation that does not give me intestinal problem and was looking into SAMe supplement has anyone tried it and what was your results ...

I want to be pain free

  • By MizFord · New reply April 14, 2014
  • Journal · 21 replies
  • I am in so much pain today. I pray for relief to this racking pain. I tired of going through this. Some days I do have relief, but for the past three days the pain has been never ending. I'm sick and ...


  • By FernM · New reply April 14, 2014
  • Journal · 64 replies
  • Hi; I went on line to try and find the best shampoo & conditioners for fine & damaged hair and it just left my head spinning. I can't say I know much more now then I did before I went on line. Shampoo ...

knee pain and swelling

  • By ttaerea · New reply April 14, 2014
  • Discussion in Coping with arthritis · 3 replies
  • Hello, I am new and just trying to see if anyone else out there has had simuliar problem. I have been having knee pain and swelling in both my knees for about 2yrs now, but it seems to be happening more ...


  • By jharman · Posted April 13, 2014
  • Discussion in Medications and therapies · 0 replies
  • Just wondering if anyone is on Xeljanz and what you think? My doctor is thinking about trying it next not getting any results from Simponi injections. I'm on methotrexate and plaquenil not liking the ...

First dose mtx!

  • By Reader0807 · New reply April 12, 2014
  • Discussion in Living with rheumatoid arthritis · 5 replies
  • I'm taking my first dose of methotrexate tonight and I'm scared! I'm on plaquenil and formerly leflunomide but was losing handfuls of hair. What can I expect from mtx ...

Not Feeling Well after 3rd Enbrel Injection

  • By NikkiSass · New reply April 11, 2014
  • Journal · 11 replies
  • Last night I took my 3rd Enbrel injection for Psoriatic Arthritis. I just transitioned from Humira to Enbrel. I have been in contact with my Rhum. who says just give Enbrel time. I take my injection on ...

Reverse shoulder replacement

  • By kjs1491 · New reply April 11, 2014
  • Discussion in Living with osteoarthritis · 23 replies
  • I also have been told I may need a shoulder replacement. I have had surgery for rotator cuff injuries in my right shoulder many years ago and recently I damaged it again with a biceps tendon rupture ...

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