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Foot Injury If you suspect that you have broken or fractured bones in a toe or foot, call a doctor, who will probably order x-rays. Even if you can walk, you still might have a fracture. People are often able to walk even if a foot bone has been fractured, particularly if it is a chipped bone or a toe fracture. Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat mild pain caused by muscle inflammation. Aspirin is the most common NSAID. Others include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, Rufen), ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis KT), naproxen (Aleve, Naprelan), and tolmetin (Tolectin). A gel containing ibuprofen can be applied to sore joints. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is not an NSAID, and although it is a mild pain reliever, it will not reduce inflammation. It is important to note that high doses or long-term use of any NSAID can cause gastrointestinal disturbances with sometimes serious consequences, including dangerous bleeding. ...
“ You have Sero-negative RA,” my new rheumatologist. Dr M said. She was mater-of-fact. No doubt in her voice or her demeanor. My reply was, “I know.”
I was strangely calm that day, May 10 th , 2011. I had known in my heart for years that had RA. The bone erosions on my hand x-rays have confirmed my self-diagnosis.
When I was 37 years old, I had a Bakers's Cyst in my right knee that burst and turned my leg black and blue. I went to the walk-in clinic because it was painful, and I had no idea what it could be. The doctor there diagnosed a Baker's Cyst. He said those usually show up in people who walk a lot. He looked puzzled, and then said to come back in if it swelled up again, and he would drain the fluid. That was it.
I should provide a little background here. I was reared in a small town in Ohio. I am a Mid-westerner born of parents who both grew up in West Virginia. Those of you familiar with that part of the US know that we are &ldq...
Knowing what is available is sometimes half the battle when it comes to feeling better. The other half of the battle is avoiding the many gimmicks and scams that prey on people with chronic pain. Occasionally, you might run across something that really works for you, but doesn't work for your neighbor. Eventually, some items collect in the closet and accumulate a thick layer of dust. Because no one wants a closet full of unwanted items, it pays to be smart consumer and do some research. One reliable source of good products that are well selected is FootSmart.com . In fact, I keep a copy of this catalog in my office to show folks some possible solutions for pain relief.
Here is a list of recommended products that my tester (my mother) and I have put together. We give them the thumbs up when it comes to pain relief.
1. Merrel Q-Form Encore Breeze : My mom lives in these shoes. With foot pain and back pain, she has found these indispensable for daily use. She says that th...
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