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Different pain management for osteoarthritis......

Years ago after horrendous headaches and neck pain and trips to the ER I was diagnosed w/ osteoarthritis that cause migraines.  Been taking hydrocodone for it since then and it's been a godsend.  2 little pills and both problems go away and I can function.............I don't take them everyday, more like 3 or 4 days a week, 2 pills and I'm good for most of the day.  I also have a tens unit which has help tremendously as well.  Take LOTS of hot baths etc.  Fast forward to now.......I don't want to take the hydro any more. I guess I'm going thru withdrawal (yes, I'm over on the substance forum too! lol) which is pissing me off, but I'm dealing.  Anyway,  I've discovered SAM-e and it's been WONDERFUL!  I've noticed a big difference in the osteoarthritis  (maybe that's why I want off the hydro) and now I'm wondering if I can do anything else to help.

Does acupuncture help?  I've thought about it but wanted to know if anyone else has done this for pain management.  I take SAM-e in the morning and afternoon w/ a super complex B.  I also take kava kava which has been a godsend in the evenings and what I'm dealing w/ now w/ the withdrawal.  I don't want to take any prescriptions from a doctor.  I don't like taking pills and dealing w/ the side effects.  Never had any side effects from the hydro except for this pesky withdrawal. lol  Thanks for the help!!

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Hi jmhoesch.

I'm the same, not even aspirin in my house.

So here's my list when and if I have any pain or for maintenance (I have managed to reach an almost pain free state of health)
1. Daily meditation and/or self-hypnosis
2. Daily msm/chondroitin/glucosamine
3. Alkaline and low carb diet (high coconut oil consumption also use in cooking/no cooking oils as they are proinflammatory)
4. Daily exercise.
5. DMSO as needed.  (This one is a little tricky. If not familiar let me know
so I can give you details.)
6. Daily, Apple cider vinegar-raw unfiltered organic 1T before each meal.
7. Magnesium oil transdermal every other day.
8. EFT (emotional freedom techniques/tapping) is a bit like acupuncture.
I use it very often-for anything,lol! I'm also an advanced EFT practitioner.

Hope this helps.
Keep up the  alternative treatment protocol! I'm glad it is working well for you!

Best wishes.
Niko
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