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December 25th, 2011, 07:48 AM
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Hi, ladies!

I haven't been here in awhile, life has been so busy with going back to work (that's over, I'm a SAHM now!) and a busy toddler. You probably don't remember me, so I'll re-introduce myself: I'm Penelope, my SO is J and our son L was born in April, 2010.

I'm hoping that you can help me out with some suggestions. J recently had an x-ray on his knee because he's been having a lot of pain in it and the doctor told him that the joint was inflamed. He was prescribed anti-inflammatories to take for a few weeks. I haven't researched use of anti-inflammatories, but my sister mentioned to me that long-term use can be bad.

I would like to atleast get J on something natural to help the condition of his knee, even if he stays on the anti-inflammatories for a time. I am looking into it on my own, but was wondering if you all have any suggestions? Something that my mom used to take when she had pain from her osteo-arthritis was glucosamine sulfate, and I understand that it is supposed to help with joint issues, as well. Do you have any input on that? How about shark cartilage?

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December 26th, 2011, 07:08 AM
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the glucosamine stuff is supposed to work but can take like 2 months I think, and you will need to follow the directions - I think the dosage is double for the first couple months, then you keep taking it. Probably best for long term conditions.

Short term - plantain. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the plant!! Plantain extract (liquid) can be messy, but you can get it in ointment/salve form. Stings & Bites (Ointment Plantain) - Buy Stings & Bites (Ointment Plantain) Product by Dr. Christophers Formulas at Herbspro This is what I used at first - Even though it says it's for insect bites and stings, it is made with plantain, beeswax and olive oil. He will need to apply it every 4 hours to his knee, but I highly recommend it!! I've used plantain for years and years for inflamed joints.

Side note - keeping grain, dairy, and nightshades out of your diet also helps a ton to reduce inflammation.

Now, I make my own Healing Salve that has plantain in it Healing Salve 100 Natural 4 oz by greenchildcreations on Etsy
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December 26th, 2011, 12:49 PM
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Thanks for your reply!

Unfortunately, there is no way he is going to keep up with something that has to be applied every 4 hours. Between work and school, he barely has time to take a breath. He is also not going to avoid dairy or grain products.

I think I'm going to try the glucosamine sulfate and shark cartilage. So far he only gets relief if he continues taking the anti-inflammatories, even though the doctor told him that once he had taken them for the amount of time she recommended, his knee should feel better.
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December 28th, 2011, 01:54 PM
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The only bad thing about natural remedies is that it does take more time and effort for them to be used and effective, however it's much nicer than having serious health complications from side effects of traditional medicine!

Hope he feels better
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I would recommend a high quality fish oil as it is full of anti-inflammatory and bioavailable omega 3s ie DHA and EPA.
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Here is a link I found, an anti-inflammatory diet:
Reducing inflammation — the natural anti-inflammatory approach
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January 20th, 2012, 09:30 AM
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You can try soaking it in Epsom Salt, or doing a cold/hot remedy with a homemade beanbag.
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