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Extreme Joint Pain
Apr 16, 2012
I was on Actenol for a number of years when I developed back pain and had to start a pain management regime. After about 2 years, I woke with carpal tunnel symptoms and an increasing tendonitis in my left elbow. I had lifted free weights for 18 years and thought the back pain may be related to that - or a lightning strike I received when I was a Sophmore in college. In any event, since I am (as my doctor says " a skinny white woman", he ordered a dexa scan. It showed I had osteopenia, the onset of osteoporosis. I had just turned 50! When I was 52, my scan showed osteoporosis!

About 2 years ago my pain managment doctor gave me injections in both wrists 3 times and the elbow 3 injections. I had NO relief WHATSOEVER!! I had started Ayurveda and was seeing a doctor of Aurveda practice. No results! I "googled" extreme joint pain and up popped Actenol. I told my doctor I was stopping it and that I was practicing yoga now. within 2 weeks the extreme pain stopped and within 2 months I was pain free in my joints.

To get to the point - my ob/gyn ordered a dexascan because I was off the actenol - even though it had been only one year. The result - back to osteopenia!!!! I practice yoga at least 5 times a week and try to get to the gym for free weights in between. Yoga does build back your bone and I would rather do this than take Actenol and not have a life! It should be banned by the FDA!!!

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