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Date: 05.02.2011
From: Michelle Peacock

Subject: knee RA

I have been suffering with knee RA for quite a while now . I am on medication which , I have been told by my GP ,can ease the pain after approx. 12 weeks. I was hoping someone may have some tips,methods,etc ( I don,t really want to use a stick ) to ease the pain. I look forward to reading your ideas.
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Date: 05.02.2011
From: davina

Subject: Re: knee RA

hi i have the same problem i have been on methotrexate for 5 months with no ease of pain, what are you on?
everyone is different so i hope your meds will work for you soon, i am on crutches due to the pain and its very hard to go up/downstairs.
i find hot/cold therapy helps some of the time but not all.
hope this helps
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Date: 07.02.2011
From: Michelle Peacock

Subject: Re: knee RA

Thanks Davina - I am on Methotrexate, Arthrotec and Tramadol and Paracetamol for the pain. I have been off work since way before Christmas and am getting a bit scared that I am never going to get back to 'normal'.
Does using a stick/crutches help a great deal? Sometimes my limp is severe and other times I think it is barely there - I am just very slow. I am 8 weeks into Methotrexate now and can't yet see any huge improvement. Constant pain is hard work! Thank you so much.
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Date: 07.02.2011
From: KayJay

Subject: Re: knee RA

Michelle ask your Rheumie to refer you to an Occupational Therapist - they will go through the options and what is best to use stick etc. They will also give you other gadgets that will help. I use a stick and an Orthotic ankle brace have done for about 3 years now.
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Date: 07.02.2011
From: davina

Subject: Re: knee RA

hi i have found a little relieve from using crutches when walking outside has they take weight off my knees.
i have been of work since june last year and my oss as been trying to get rid of me te legal way through occupational health medical and now i think it will happen, oh well i really do hope it gets better soon

the pain is sometimes so awful that i can't even get in/out the bath and have to just wash i hate this disease!!!
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