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Suffering from Osteoarthritis and Scoliosis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have moderate DJD involving L5-S1 &DJD in C5,C6,C7 plus minimal scoliosis to the right.My arm go to sleep when I'm laying down.I take meds but they don't work.Can you help me?
Doctor :   may i know ur age
User :   49
Doctor :   so ur current problems is mailnly numbness of ur arms ?
Doctor :   Are u there ?
User :   Yes,plus my tail bone hurts.I went to the ER all they give me was percocetI know it's in the bone
Doctor :   are u taking any medicines ?
Doctor :   other than the current ones ?
User :   I have tade arthrotec75,fioricet,iburprofen600mgs
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Is your pain reduced by them ?
User :   Not really.
Doctor :   So u do have pain that bothers u during sleep ?
User :   Yes
Doctor :   Do u have any morning stiffness ?
User :   yes
User :   I get headaches in the morning
Doctor :   for the pain, you can ask your doctor for skin patches that work well
Doctor :   these skin patches applied over 12 or 24 hrs provide uniform pain relief
Doctor :   and work well in pts with severe pain
User :   I have some lidoderm patches the doc gave me in the beganing with this all started.
Doctor :   so do u feel better with them ?
User :   so,so
Doctor :   ok, so i guess u should continue with them
User :   Do you think they need to do a MRI to see what's going on.I walk like a little old lady.It hurts.
Doctor :   this could be due to arthritis
Doctor :   and DJD of the bones of the knee and leg
User :   What kind of arthritis?
Doctor :   a MRI will give details o fthe bones as well as tendons within thebones
Doctor :   degenerative OR osteoarthritis
User :   I did a lot of heavy lifting when I was working.
Doctor :   You can use knee supports and also glucosamine supplements for added bone and cartilage regeneration
User :   Thank you for your help.
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me here
Doctor :   bye for now
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