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As a result of the coronavirus, many hospitals around the globe are canceling or postponing "elective" surgeries such as joint replacements. While it's understood this needs to be done to free up resources in case they are needed for the virus, it leaves some of us in limbo and suffering terrific pain.

Unfortunately, there is no really good treatment for arthritis pain once you are bone-on-bone. It's going to hurt. But here are some things you can try to maybe lessen that discomfort a little.

- Stay off your feet as much as possible.
- Use an assistive device such as a cane, crutches, walker, wheel chair to take your weight off your joint.
- Ice as much as you can (use a towel between you and the ice source to prevent skin damage).
- Elevate your leg so that toes are above your nose when you are off your feet.
- Use a TENs machine.
- Practice gentle movements and gentle stretching exercises throughout the day.
- Ask your surgeon about injections, such as hyaluronic acid or steroids.
- Ask your surgeon about medications to help with pain.
- Try Tylenol on a schedule of 1000mg every 6 hours.
- Use a wrap or brace on an arthritic knee.

If you have other things you've tried that work for you, please post them here.
 
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Before surgery, I always felt better with heat rather than ice on my joint. YMMV

There is an OTC product called Curamin by Terry Naturally that I bought through Amazon, though my neighbor got his at GNC in the US. It contains turmeric, a known food based antiinflammatory, and it contains DLPA which is an amino acid that in some people causes a reduced perception of pain. It won't work for everyone, but it worked very well for me.

I also got good relief from Cat'sClaw, which is an herb and has the advantage of being very inexpensive OTC.
 

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Before surgery, I always felt better with heat rather than ice on my joint. YMMV

There is an OTC product called Curamin by Terry Naturally that I bought through Amazon, though my neighbor got his at GNC in the US. It contains turmeric, a known food based antiinflammatory, and it contains DLPA which is an amino acid that in some people causes a reduced perception of pain. It won't work for everyone, but it worked very well for me.

I also got good relief from Cat'sClaw, which is an herb and has the advantage of being very inexpensive OTC.
I also have used the Terry Naturally Extra Strength Curamin. At first when my Dr. Said to try it I thought he was a quack... but I started taking it every day, honestly I think it bought me a lot of time before my TKR. When my ortho Dr.. looked at my knee, i was bone on bone. he's said you must be in extreme pain...my reply, not really...
It does work.
Harry
 

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