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Posted by Russ B on January 16, 2000 at 02:42:28:

In Reply to: Re: Please Help Me Help My Mom. posted by Dorothy on January 15, 2000 at 14:41:20:

Dear Ann: Beatle is on the right trak.See a specialist sa soon as you can.Do not wait!It could be any number of arthritic conditions related to an autoimmune disorder.However ask your specialist as many questions as posible,about treatments,drug side effects,etc:Also rememberto educate your self as much as posible on Moms condition.Depresion plays a huge in many of these conditions.if your not satisfied with you present doctor ,move on until you are comfortable.I went through 4 rhumatologists before I was satisfied with mine.Some were downright arrogant...I wish you and your mom well..Always Russ B..P.S. Remember: YOUR MOM COMES first,Don"t worry about hurting your doctors feelings,He"ll get over it....: Dear Friends:

: : About a year ago, my mom started having trouble walking normally and her joints began to swell and it seemed like she was a very old woman when she is just 55 years old. She has trouble doing her daily activities such as brushing her teeth, going grocery shopping, carrying anything, getting dressed, etc, because of her arthritis, and I've seen that one of her leg is more swollen than the other. I drive her to the places she needs to go, and even getting in and out of the car is a chore for her--it seems like her knee joints don't allow her to bend normally. She also talks of pain in her joints all the time, especially when the weather gets colder than usual, and is currently taking Glucosamine Sulfate for her bone loss, and Ibuprofin for pain. Please, if anyone has any remedies, or any excercises or just any advice for this condition I would very much appreciate it. Thank you for reading this.

: : Ann

: Hi Ann,
: Check out fibromyalgia. I am 50 and was very active. Slowly realized that after short time sitting I could get up and hobble, not walk. Thought it was just getting older. Am now taking celebrex twice a day for major improvement. Still have "off days" but generally much better.


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