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Old 11-28-2012, 03:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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LOL at Jang ... I'm "older" and I always say I'm not 18 anymore ... so she's not either LOL ... I feel your pain tho ... but I can't see it being cold in California!!!

Have you looked into Yucca root for yourself? I take it in the winter for my aches and pains because I am OLD!!!
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:48 PM   #12 (permalink)
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LOL at Jang ... I'm "older" and I always say I'm not 18 anymore ... so she's not either LOL ... I feel your pain tho ... but I can't see it being cold in California!!!

Have you looked into Yucca root for yourself? I take it in the winter for my aches and pains because I am OLD!!!
I think this old stuff is subjective...I live with my dad so every time I complain about being old(which I am at 62) my dad who is 88 calls me a pup!!! So, Kyleigh, you are just a pup!! if the yucca suggestion is aimed at me, no, I have never tried it..but living in Fl we don't get much cold here either...Though I believe changes in weather cause aches and pains too...Anyhow, I delight in your posts..you are very refreshing without being rude...
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:52 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Jang ... aww, I'm a pup ... you just made my night!!! I just came back from a cold 2 hour hike with Ky ... I feel old and cold!!!
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:00 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'd look into fish oil (Carlsons is a good brand), and I've heard of cissus being good. I use fish oil/cod liver oil a fair amount to help with my joints. Also, perhaps some knee sleeves (not too tight) to aid in warmth.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
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My legs are in terrible shape, have been since 14. Bone cancer and surgeries will do that to a person. But, it's a million times worse in the colder months.

I use a treadmill to exercise Piper, and I take her to a dog park nearby, where she proceeds to "forget" all of her training. Mental stimulation also helps tire her out, much more quickly than any walk or run, tbh. So my suggestion would be a walk on a treadmill, if one is available to you, and then an intense training session.


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Old 11-28-2012, 07:03 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Also, since you are in California, is medical marijuana an option? IMO, that would be much healthier than narcotics.


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Old 11-28-2012, 07:08 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Curcumin
Yucca
Devils Claw
Wobenzyme
Home-made bone stock

Remove sugars from your diet, incl. dairy and any processed (cheeses) boxed foods etc...
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:49 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I am not familiar with your diagnosis, but have you tried custom orthotic shoe inserts? Or is there any type of brace you can wear for support?

But you asked about pain. So my pain mostly comes from hip bursitis. I found getting a memory foam mattress topper helps, reduces pressure. I wonder if putting pillows between your knees as you sleep might help. Heating pads when at rest help also, and of course I take Advil, but it is not always effective. Otherwise I just work through the pain, for me movement feels better than sitting. Other than advil, you want to look into things that reduce inflammation like taking Vit C a few times a day, the fish oils, sometimes for me certain foods seem to bring on bloating/inflammation especially wheat. Like eating a bagel is 6 servings of bread - the bagels kill me.

Can you find a dog play group in your area? You can rest while your dog romps around. One member on this forum referred me to meetup.com and we found a fun GSD club and being with other GSD's has really helped our dog.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:02 PM   #19 (permalink)
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play retrieving games. you can play "find it" in the house.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:14 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Have you tried laser therapy on your knees?
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