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Re: Pain patches vs tablets.

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Ignore the doctors .. they got my tennis elbow wrong too. Steroid injections didn't work. Sounds like you're having to live with it the best you can like I do.
it's not that the doctors don't know what they're talking about - it's just that they can't cure it. The specialist told me it's notoriously difficult to treat.

Your tennis elbow is a bursitis - same as what I've got - just different part of body. Have you had any more treatment apart from the failed steroid injections?
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In all that time Carol has it ever shown any gradual improvement?
No none at all! - Has yours?
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14-09-2018, 12:05 AM
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Aside from the steroid injection I've tried nothing else .. I've more kind of just nursed it along.

It took about 6 months before I could touch my nose with my right hand or hold a mug in my hand as I couldn't get it to my mouth.
It's slowly improved, or at least has seemed to for the first 2 years.
Aside from a constant crook in my arm I'd say I have about 80% mobility now. For certain tasks it's still useless with no strength, for instance, I can't brush my hair.
What I don't have, luckily ... is the degree of pain you are suffering. Must be very frustrating not to mention demoralising.
All I get is sometimes it aches for hours, especially in winter or after using it too much and then that ache can radiate up my neck down to my wrist, and sometimes nerves twitch away or it 'crunches' a lot.
It often feels better if I tuck it in my jeans pocket so it's hanging a little to straighten it out but it's not taking any weight.

I remember when you first posted about your problem and had wondered how you were getting on.
I seemed to have got of light compared to you on the pain side.
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14-09-2018, 01:22 AM
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Iíve never tried pain patches at all but I havenít suffered what you have.
Have you considered using a tens unit? Thatís what Iíve used for localized body pain and it worked quite well. Other things that have worked is alternating between hot packs and cool packs BUT Iím not certain that this is the best advice for this type of injury. You might wish to ask your doctor about this and lastly pain cream.

There are conventional types like A535 but I use ointment with cayenne pepper in it which works great. You have to be careful with these types of things. Washing hands thoroughly is crucial cause getting any of this in your eyes really hurts.

I agree with Realist with his advice to eat anti inflammatory foods. Instead of me listing them all off , just google it. Anti inflammatory teas work nicely to help relieve pain .

Ginger is good but turmeric is great. In a blind study at a well respected university, turmeric was used very successfully to treat patients experiencing pain and those with Alzheimerís disease and turmeric worked better than the prescription drugs they had been using.

The most inflammatory foods are sugar, white flour, and dairy products so limiting those should help greatly.

Do you get twinnings teas there where you live?
Twinnings makes a lovely herbal tea made from ginger and lemons and itís REALLY good. Eating well doesnít Ďhaveí to taste horrible and it should make a significant difference to your overall health.

Good luck Carol
I hope you feel better
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14-09-2018, 12:31 PM
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Re: Pain patches vs tablets.

Bratti - yes I've got a tens unit but like everything else I've tried it didn't help me.

I'm sticking with the physio exercises in the hope of strengthening the muscles around the bursa. Also I intend taking ginger capsules and other anti inflammatory foods & drinks.

Thanks to everybody for their comments & information.
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04-12-2018, 09:48 AM
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I've revived this thread just to say thank you to realist for telling me about the natural anti inflammatory properties of ginger.

I've been taking high strength ginger capsules for about two months now. I also bought myself a small ultra sound unit which I've been using four or five times a week.

I'm pleased to say I no longer need pain killers. I've still got the pain but it's much more bearable. I'd say over the past few weeks I've noticed a 25% improvement.

I put this success down to the ginger capsules and ultra sound machine.

I shall continue with it and who knows - it might get completely better in time.
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That is good news, Carol, I hope the improvement continues.
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04-12-2018, 11:29 AM
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Carol ...I'm so pleased you are able to cope more easily now with the pain.....can I ask where did you get the ultra sound machine?
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04-12-2018, 11:53 AM
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I'm allergic to non steroidal anti inflammatorys I can't take ibuprofen orally but I can tolerate the tubes of gel they sell. NHS aren't allowed to prescribe them so I have to buy over the counter £20 a tube. GP suggested the patches to me as possibly better and said she could prescribe a limited number of them and was willing to let me try them.

I found for pain they were as good as the gel, so that was a plus but I also found I became breathless as if I was going into an allergic reaction. I for that reason don't use them. But if I didn't react to them I'd be using them as a better way than the gel.


I find the steroidal injections absolutely fabulous and when I can persuade them to use them on me I am first in the chair . They work well on my neck/shoulder pain and on my arthritic knee.

Saying all that if they would prescribe steroids orally for me I'd happily take them as they work far better than ibuprofen in any form.
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04-12-2018, 01:51 PM
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Carol ...I'm so pleased you are able to cope more easily now with the pain.....can I ask where did you get the ultra sound machine?
I hope the link works. Mine is the one at £99.

They seem like a good company to deal with.
I asked them a question online & 10 mins later they phoned me to discuss my question in detail.


https://tensmachineuk.com/ultrasound...YaAuugEALw_wcB
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