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Old 12-22-2004, 06:13 AM   #1
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Serrapeptase/ice packs/advice please

Hi I am a new member. I have problems with inflammation of the knees. It all started when I had a foot injury which wasn't sorted out by doctors and as a result of the pain in my foot, I started walking awkwardly on the inside of my right foot. As a result I caused damage to my knee and was told that I now have rheumatoid arthritis. My knees have flared up on a dozen occasions over the past few years resulting in me having to have fluid drained off and cortisone injections into my knees. My specialist put me on Sulphasalazine (disease modifying drug) and arthrotec for the pain. Even when my knees are in their normal state there is alot of thickening on the inside of my legs by the knees (scar tissue I suppose) which means my knees look big even when not inflamed. I stayed on this medication for a number of years - I didn't seem to get any worse but didn't get any better either. Last year, my specialist put me on Metheltrexate, because he thought it would work better but it didn't agree with me, causing tummy upsets, violent diarrhoea, etc. I asked to come off this drug, because I wasn't feeling too good and am conscious that these disease modifying drugs could actually cause more problems than they are trying to solve (e.g. liver damage, ulcers, etc.).
I was hoping I would be ok, just taking the Arthrotec but my knees have started to flare up in last couple of weeks. I don't want to go back onto horrible drugs with even worse side effects. I sent for some Serrapeptase through the internet - it is a natural anti-inflammatory from the silk worm.
HAS ANYONE TRIED SERRAPEPTASE - DOES IT WORK?
DO ICE PACKS WORK - IF SO, HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP IT ON FOR AND HOW FREQUENTLY DO YOU APPLY IT?
HAS ANYONE FOUND EXERCISING THE LEGS ACTUALLY HELPS WITH PREVENTING INFLAMMATION?

Any advice would be appreciated. Many thanks.

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Old 12-22-2004, 10:21 AM   #2
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Re: Serrapeptase/ice packs/advice please

Unfortunately Rheumatoid Arthritis is usually progressive and almost always chronic. I haven't used the creams you are talking about. The only creams I had any luck with have been NSAID creams I've had to make myself, capsaicin (which burns), and short acting creams with menthol/methyl salicylate (like Ben Gay) that smell really nasty.

There are a lot of newer RA drugs out there, and one in particular works very well. It still carries some risks with it, but it might be a lot more tolerable for you than MTX was. The best of the bunch of new drugs is called Enbrel, while it isn't cheap, it's been shown to stop damage, sometimes even reverse damage when they compared it to people on the standard therapies after 5 years. You might also look into Remicade.


Good luck,

-Phos

 
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Old 12-23-2004, 01:25 AM   #3
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Re: Serrapeptase/ice packs/advice please

Hi Phos

Many thanks for your reply. I have made a note of the medication you mentioned so that I can mention it to my specialist if my knees continue to stay inflammed. Many thanks again.
Christine

 
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