For the past couple of months I have been waking up in the morning and having troubles bending my fingers. After a few minutes of opening and closing them though they have seemed to get better. Now, the stiffness is starting to take longer to go away. Could this be Arthritis? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Please disregard the previous message of mine. I went to see my doctor today and he told me I have the onset of Arthritis. I am a little confused....how many different kinds of arthritis are there and how do I know what kind I have? He prescribed a drug called Naproxem. Does anyone know of any side affect for this drug and any natural alternatives?
I live with an array of disabilities, including since-birth spastic diplegia (cp). I was prescribed Naproxin 500mg bid, but I only take one a day in the evening, before bed.
I've found that Vit C helps a lot with arthritis pain, as does drinking 8 ... yes, 8 glasses of water. I take calcium-magnesium to maintain bone density and control the fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. I also take extra magnesium (cheleated) at night. This helps control arrhthymia and acts as a sleep aid.
Hope this helps.
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I have to totally agree with Carla on the Vitamin C and the water. I think water helps keep the joints lubricated. When I was first diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis I started taking extra Vit C and I know it certainly didn't hurt!!!!
ausimex, Hi I hope you do your home work on the side effects of naproxen. Did your doctor tell you of the dizziness,upset stomach, intestinal bleeding or mild cases of depression that might happen if you take this drug. Ask him about them, and if he says there is only a slim chance ask yourself if it is worth that chance. There is a product that you might also take a look at. It is called cetyl myristoleate. This combined with glucosamine and methyl sulfonylmethane offer an incredible formula that nutritionally supports collagen, bone and connective tissue repair. It helps to promote normal, healthy joint function with out the risk of the side effects the other drug has to offer. I'm not a specialist or anything, just someone who has watched and listened. Good luck