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Old 10-30-2011, 07:33 AM   #1
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Black cohosh and RA?

Hello all!

I have Rhuematoid Arthritis. I have been on many different, and equally ineffective, medications for some time now. The only one that works is prednisone. I will be starting a biologic drug (Simponi) in a couple of months. In the meantime, I'm just taking prednisone and naproxen (stopped taking methotrexate and sulfasalazine as they made me feel extremely sick and weren't having an effect on the arthritis). My rhuematologist said if I start to lose function in my wrists that she will give me another shot of cortisone, but we're both only going to do that as a last resort, since I've already had 3 this year. Anyway, my question is: Does anyone here know anything/have any experiences with taking black cohosh as an anti-inflammatory?

I'd like to try and hold off having another cortisone shot for as long as I can. Right now the pain is manageable, but my workload at work is going to increase through november/december so it may be inevitable. I'm looking for something I can take for the inflammation since that really is the main source of the pain and loss of function in my wrists.

Any help will be appreciated! Right now I have a couple bottles of black cohosh on hold at my pharmacy.

(mods, I wasn't sure which board this would be more appropriate for, this one or the arthritis board, please move it if it's more appropriate elsewhere )

 
Old 10-30-2011, 08:16 AM   #2
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Re: Black cohosh and RA?

Hi,
I also have AR in my right shoulder and my fingers. I am interested in this Black Cohosh you mention.
Anti-inflamatories are a NO-NO for me as I have had stomach-ulcer, my Dr doesn't recommend Steroids for me either as they can be hard on the stomach.
I have not heard of BC but have recently started taking Glucosomine as an alternative,
have you tried it . Solofelix.

 
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:56 AM   #3
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Re: Black cohosh and RA?

I used glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM when I was a teenager, because at the time I was extremely active in horseback riding, biking and running and after several knee injuries my knees were stiff and sore all the time. I found MSM to be the most effective at relieving the pain then. The last couple of years, for whatever reason, my knees haven't been bothering me. It seems they've sorted themselves out. I'm not sure if glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM would work for my condition because they're more effective for other joint problems like osteoarthritis. I started taking devil's claw a few days ago, so we'll see how effective that is. That might work for you, as it is also supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties. My mother found taking the devil's claw has relieved the pain in her feet (I think she has a touch of osteoarthritis in her sesamoid joint, phalanges and metatarsals).

 
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Re: Black cohosh and RA?

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I used glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM when I was a teenager, because at the time I was extremely active in horseback riding, biking and running and after several knee injuries my knees were stiff and sore all the time. I found MSM to be the most effective at relieving the pain then. The last couple of years, for whatever reason, my knees haven't been bothering me. It seems they've sorted themselves out. I'm not sure if glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM would work for my condition because they're more effective for other joint problems like osteoarthritis. I started taking devil's claw a few days ago, so we'll see how effective that is. That might work for you, as it is also supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties. My mother found taking the devil's claw has relieved the pain in her feet (I think she has a touch of osteoarthritis in her sesamoid joint, phalanges and metatarsals).
Thanks for the reply.
Years ago I knew someone who took Devils Claw (never knew how she got on with it).
I am willing to give anything a try and will read up on this. Solofelix.

 
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