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Old 05-15-2016, 02:12 AM   #1
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Does anyone else suffer from arthritis and how well do you deal with it when camping?
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Old 05-15-2016, 06:30 AM   #2
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Does anyone else suffer from arthritis and how well do you deal with it when camping?
Yes , it is one of the reasons I retired early ( Doctors Advice).
Camping is a walk in the park so to speak compared to going to work. I know my limits and realize I'm not 30 anymore .
plus sitting at home does not make things better.
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Thanks Steve, that makes me feel better about getting into camping. You're right, sitting home isn't great--might as well be sitting somewhere outside and seeing nature at it's best. Thanks.
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Old 05-15-2016, 07:26 AM   #4
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Glucosamine Chondroitin was recommended to me several years ago by a doctor. It has helped me with joint pain. I buy it off the shelf at Walmart or CVS
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Severe arth of the spine which mainly bothers after being in bed for 1-3 hours at which time I take either two acetaminophen or a half or whole Norco. Rarely bothers during the day. It stems from (I think) from a car crash in 1964. Doesn't really restrict me very much. Heat helps too. I have one of those things that I heat up in the microwave.


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Old 05-15-2016, 09:02 AM   #6
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Thanks Mary&Bob, I'll have to check that out.

RGRugg I'm sorry to hear about the car crash--that can have lasting effects. But you still camp and that gives me hope. I personally believe that getting out into the fresh air will help a lot...if I ever get there.

I find that drinking to much diet coke is causing my pain--to much sodium. Trying to give it up or at least cut down a great deal...plus losing weight will help. (i hope). But I want to start camping ASAP because believe that would help me to lose weight and keep me busy.
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Yes, a watchful diet can go a long way to lessening your pain. My left knee is so bad that my hobble has caused a bone spur in my right heel. OTC medication helps as does heat and sunshine and exercise, all the benefits of camping.
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Yes, a watchful diet can go a long way to lessening your pain. My left knee is so bad that my hobble has caused a bone spur in my right heel. OTC medication helps as does heat and sunshine and exercise, all the benefits of camping.
I have a bone spur on my left heel--doesn't bother me much but I find that ice helps a lot as well as OTC medication. Sometimes my knee will hurt a little and I'll but an ice pack on it for about 20 minutes; also have an ice pack that is flat and keep in the freezer so just take out and put my foot on it at my desk at home and it helps my bone spur. Find that ice helps a lot more than heat.

I also read that caffeine can help with pain medication. It seems to increase the benefits of the medication, not a lot but it does seem to help. I always wondered why I felt better after drinking a diet soda about an hour after I took Motrim. So I looked up caffeine and found this information. I would drink coffee but I hate the taste of it.
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A few years ago, I had terrible arthritis in my right ankle so bad I could hardly walk. My employment took me outdoors, on my feet, on damp pavement for 8 hours a day all winter. Painkillers were only slightly helpful. I tried an acupuncture treatment and it was amazing. One treatment was all I needed. I was skeptical at first but the experience made me a believer.
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Peripheral neuropathy in both feet's my problem. Really got to watch my step now. Got diabetic socks but on a recent trip I was wearing other socks that were much too tight. We stopped after 3 hours driving and suddenly I was walking like a 120 year old. I didn't know it but not moving the leg wearing them damn socks cut the circulation so bad it was like a tourniquet. Lesson learned: Threw them socks out. Always stop after at least 2 hrs, get out and walk around.
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Hey Janis,
I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis almost 10 yrs ago now. I have a pretty serious regimen of prescription meds that I take on a daily basis. Even still I have aches, pains and lethargy. Prior to my diagnosis, I was having a hard time.
I believe that for me being out and on adventures are the true key to my control over the disease. I get out and hike, and bike and just go for walks because you are right, being active and healthy (in my case at least) makes me feel way better than sitting on the couch getting stiff. In the summer when I can be more active and I shed my winter "hibernation" weight I feel even better.
The great outdoors cure your soul and your body. Get out and explore!

I took this photo to remind myself that I don't have to let the diagnoses limit me. I shared this moment with my specialist last month and thanked her for helping me live my life. This photo is at the top of Hermit Trail, Roger's Pass, B.C. It is almost an 800m elevation gain in less than a 3km hike. I will admit, it was hard and I had to take my fair share of breaks on the trail but the top made it all worth while. Besides, if my 7 yr old could do it, so could I!
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So I see a lot of people are suffering from pain and still keep going. I thought I wouldn't be able to try camping because of this (sometimes the pain was reallly bad) but you all are handling it just fine. Jay, you're so young to have this problem, but you also keep going. Your a good example to your 7 year old--plus I'm sure he/she keeps you going too.

Myron, good advice about the stopping every couple of hours--and that's hard to do. Once in the car I like to go till I get to my destination. Sometimes I had to take my sneakers off because my foot swelled to much to drive comfortably. Better now since I cut back on my soda intake.

Jack, I hope your retired now. Being out in the damp cold for 8 hours is very hard. One thing about men--they put up with a lot in life. I pointed that out to my daughter once when we were passing the road crew and I said to her how men always seem to put up with bad working conditions to feed they're family and keep a roof over their heads. It was summer and very hot out at the time. She said yeah, and they show up everyday!
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My back pain kicked in many many years ago, my fellow Scoutmasters used to laugh as they heard me crawling out of my sleeping bag and tent. Sometimes one who didn't know me too well would ask why I was camping if I felt that bad, to which my response was always "Well, it's better than not camping".

Yes, caffeine kicks up your painkillers a notch. I am a Hospice nurse/symptom control instructor of 24 years experience prior to my early retirement in 2014 due to chronic pain. Here's more helpful info.

It takes less medication to prevent pain than to catch up to pain.

7 1/2 oz DARK Chocolate is equal to 2 aspirin in pain killing power.

Certain antidepressants have pain relieving power. I started Elavil 25 mg back in 1994 for chronic pain. Since I didn't have the good sense to get out of patient care , kept re injuring myself and needing to kick up the anti depressant to deal with pain. Now at 100 mg daily. Side effects are sedation and constipation, so I take it at night. I also take Magnesium, see below. BTW the dose for depression is 150-200 mg daily, BUT my depression was almost entirely resolved within 48 hours of starting the Elavil for pain control!

As mentioned, sedation and constipation are side effects of some meds. Magnesium 500 mg 3 times daily has been used for bone pain in some instances. That is too strong for me, and Magnesium makes some people (like me) sleepy. I take it at night.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin help some people. Glucosamine is a sugar and some people using it have gone from border line diabetes to full on diabetes. Didn't help me, has helped my little black feral cat.

Exacerbations are sometimes treated with steroids. I found this particularly helpful with people with high resistance to opiods. Dose pak of prednisone would knock their pain back to where the usual meds took care of it. The problems with steroids-can knock you into diabetes. Can demineralize bones. Can trigger insomnia and mania.

Non steroidal anti-inflammatories such as aspirin, Naprosyn, ibuprofen, and magnesium salicylate all reduce the inflammation in arthritis, and reduce pain. They also interfere with your platelets ability to clot, meaning you bleed from just a stern look, and can reduce your gastric secretions leading to ulcers. They can also interfere with cardiac function. Vioxx was taken off the market because it was causing heart attacks in too any recipients. PLUS, NSAIDS suffer from having 2 limitations- Maximum Daily Dose, and Ceiling Dose.

Ceiling dose is where you shouldn't bother taking any more of that drug right now, because additional will have no increase in action. The ceiling dose for Tylenol for instance is 1,000 mg. If you take 1500 or 2,000 mg at a tie any above the 1,000 mg ceiling will be wasted, as well as endangering you.
The Maximum Daily Dose is the therapeutic dose above which you start having unsafe reactions. I have seen Acetominophen's Maximum Daily Dose come down in my nursing career from "unlimited" (I already was looking up the unofficial, negative results from unlimited use in my nursing school) to 2,000 mg a day for the elderly and infirm.
Naprosyn's maximum daily dose is about 1900 mg a day. Therapeutic levels for severe pain are about 1500 mgs a day

Acupuncture has been mentioned. Worked for my daughter, not for me.

For years I used capsaicin patches. The large patch will splint the sore muscle so it doesn't move and compound the problem. Capsaicin depletes the chemical that tells the nerve to register pain (called Substance P)

I have been undergoing non invasive laser treatments and they have worked very well but it took 4 months. I also have therapeutic massage every week. Besides the muscle and joint manipulation by educated practitioners, there is the fact that touch causes the release of endorphins- mother nature's feel-good chemicals.

Hope this small review of pain control has been helpful as far as stimulating discussion with your health care providers about what is best for you.

Lastly, there are opiods- but the DEA is trying to put even more roadblocks into the generalist physician's use of these meds.
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Thanks Mitzi for all the information--I'm sure a lot of people will benefit from it. I've learned that a lot of people do suffer with pain and still keep camping--that helps a lot.
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