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    Transitioning off pain meds
    PapaRoot posted:
    My wife has severe RA and has been taking pain meds for a few years. We snowbird, but now RA doctors in the state and their pain management cronies are afraid of new regulations and won't prescrib unless she is seen each month...impossible when we are out of the state for months! My wife is trying to cut back and transition off pain meds. What natural (homopathic) herbs etc can help?
    77grace responded:
    Hi PapaRoot,
    You probally should look into that yourself by either checking with a herbalist or a homeopathic Doctor !They are out there !I know herbs that are good for sleep and relaxation but not pain !Also I heard that once you have taken pain pills it would take awhile before you body is cleaned out enough for herbs to work right,I'm not sure though !
    Best of luck ,77grace
    PapaRoot replied to 77grace's response:
    Thank you for your reply. Yes, I have been on quest. I am so frustrated with the med community and the increasing fear of litagation. My wife has taken her med precisely as prescribed and now a new generation of doctor just dismisses 40 years of care by others. We are so fed up we want to go a different route for health care. Our best to all who suffer.
    77grace replied to PapaRoot's response:
    Hi PapaRoot,
    Yes ,I know what you mean !Has she tried a Ten's Unit for pain? There are some patches that help too !Lyderm (SP) and over the counter ones like Salon Paz ,in different forms ,also a spray !If you want to stay In touch let me know and I will give you my email address ,I may know some herbal things too!
    PapaRoot replied to 77grace's response:
    I have been researching herbal for a while now..SAMe, Cat's Claw, GIA, Boswellia Serrata for example...just aren't sure which might actually help a bit. Any advice or suggestions could be helpful.
    Peter Abaci, MD responded:
    There are alternative treatments to consider for the treatment of pain associated with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oils seem to show a strong anti-inflammatory effect and can be considered to be an alternative to prescription NSAIDS based on some reports. A few other naturally occurring compounds to consider adding could include ginger and turmeric, either as supplements or in the diet. Both have pain-relieving and inflammation reducing properties.

    Consulting with a Chinese medicine specialist would be another resource to try other alternative oral or topical agents. In addition to the herbs, acupuncture may be a potential pain-relieving and inflammation lowering treatment to consider. Recent studies have found exercise to be an important part of managing arthritis. While finding the right type of exercise can be challenging for somebody with painful RA, some options to consider may include tai chi, water aerobics, Pilates, and gentle yoga, but consult your physician before trying any of these.
    PapaRoot replied to Peter Abaci, MD's response:
    Thank you for your response. It is good to hear from a member of the medical industry who understands. Unfortunately my wife's new RA doc does not. Thanks again for your input. We have a meeting set up with a pain management specialist to discuss options.
    ctbeth replied to PapaRoot's response:
    Hi Papa Root,

    Please come back and tell how the meeting goes for your wife and you.

    Id love to hear about some of the things that Dr Abaci made mention, if your wife decided to try any of them.

    Good wishes,


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