So I just came from the rheumatologist, because even though I'm still relatively young (46), I have pretty severe pain in my hands and feet, especially after a waitressing shift. I never take anything for it, I just deal, but I thought it was important to rule out rheumatoid, which is a whole 'nother animal.
I've met some arrogant doctors in my time but this guy takes the cake. He basically blew off everything I said after I told him I didn't want to take daily doses of acetaminophen every day for the rest of my life. He wants me to take 4000 mg a day! I can feel my liver cowering in fear as I type. No WAY am I doing that. When I told him I didn't want meds, he asked, "Then why are you here?"
I asked if he knew of any patients who had successfully alleviated their systems with diet, and he said no, diet has absolutely no effect, and anyone who says otherwise is a quack. He said glucosamine supplements have no effect either.
He basically told me there's nothing I can do, and that it's only going to get worse, especially if I keep waiting tables. He said when it gets really bad I can come in for injections for temporary relief.
People, I am NOT ending up with a walker. I am NOT going out like that. Does anyone here have arthritis and have any tips on exercise or natural ways of alleviating the pain? I've read that tai chi might help.
By the way, I'm thin, fit, and look about 10 years younger than I am--unless you take a close look at my hands, which are already deformed and crooked.