Rheaumatoid arthritis,need sympathetic pain doctor in Calgary,Alberta....

My wife is 53 years old,has severe rheaumatoid arthritis,lives in constant pain.Her family doctor was kind enough to cut her off her narcotic pain meds after being on them for 6 years.She takes embrel,and other meds to control the progression of the disease,but is suffering 24/7 now.Does anyone know of a Dr. in calgary who may be compassionate enough to give her the real pain meds she needs.She is in so much pain she is starting to talk about killing herself,and if that happens,I will have to do the same,cant imagine life without her.Can anyone help,please....

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Has she considered the

Has she considered the Marshall Protocol for her RA? It is probably more of a long range thing not immediate pain management. You can get more info by calling the Still Point Centre on W 10th in Vancouver (Dr Greg Blaney). I know there are Calgary clients who have experienced good results from this approach - the doctor will do consults over the phone. There is an annual fee since the approach is not the usual rheumatologist rx. I live in Victoria so have experience with the phone and email approach - it's ok. Three years after an initial diagnosis of agressive RA, about 15 months into the Marshall Protocol, xrays show zero joint erosion and I only have intermittent mild discomfort / swelling, that's it - I was having some pain (aching, maybe 4 out of 10) before I started this approach, but not since. Hope you find some help. Pain management is so hard. I was told (by the woman who recommended the approach I'm following to me) of an older Calgary nurse with quite pronounced RA who undertook this treatment and is now doing well, still has the joint deformities of many years with RA, but no further damage and no or little pain. No idea how to contact, sorry! Good luck to you both.

hmmmfood for thought...I

hmmmfood for thought...I recently heard on CBC radio 1, an interview on their segment 'rewind' and the speaker was an elderly man speaking about why as a child his family from Missouri moved into the Creighton Valley area of BC ...the interview peeked my interest for I myself have recently found the area to be beautiful while (spending time in this area -due to my young grand children being raised there ) Anyhoot, the fellow in the interview went on to explain "it was due to his father being diagnosed with severe "Reaumatoid Arthritis" - and his Missouri physician (way back in the year 1897 ) told the father to "move west and keep moving until the pain was gone or near gone". The physician's advice was taken and the father left his five children and wife. Found work and stayed in areas awhile to realise the pain factor, ended up as far as the town of Lumby BC ... where his pain was found
no more ! His wife and children soon followed by train, making Canada home. Laugh if you'd like but this lovely story held personal truth >>>for myself, I have experienced while visiting my grandchildren who live just past the town of Lumby in the Creighton Valley area >>>NO joint pain whatsoever!

Consider a safe natural

Consider a safe natural alternative for pain relief
with Organic Flaxseed Oil. Take two tablespoons per
day. Needs to be a brand with the Lignans being put
back into the oil during processing. Not all companies
do this and you need the Lignans for pain relief results. There is a well known brand that is sold in
all local Health Food Stores. Hint: Brand starts with
a B. Do a google search for Organic Flaxseed Oil. This
oil also has other health benefits for your body and
well being.

Note: Being that your wife is already on meds with side effects, you'll have to find out if it's safe to
take the Organic Flaxseed Oil and you should be able
to find that information on the internet. If you're
able to get your wife off the meds, your doctor and
the drug companies that make these drugs might not be
happy tigers and discourage you. Do what is best for
you after doing your due diligence with the right information. Hope all goes well with your wife.

Also there is CA Poppy

Also there is CA Poppy Extract which works for muscular pain, but I am not so sure about nerve pain. Look at all the warnings before you take it though. It is NOT the same as opium poppy. It is relatively safe and non addicting.

“As an analgesic and antispasmodic, these properties have been found useful in the relief of acute nerve and muscular centered pain.”
http://www.herbal-supplement-resource.com/california-poppy-herb.html

Okay, it does say nerve pain, but I am skeptical. Puzzled If all the pain meds I tried didn't work I would be surprised and pissed if something as simple as CA poppy extract would have worked.

gagal wrote: Also there is CA

gagal wrote:

Also there is CA Poppy Extract which works for muscular pain, but I am not so sure about nerve pain. Look at all the warnings before you take it though. It is NOT the same as opium poppy. It is relatively safe and non addicting.

I'm not sure that it's non addictive. Extract from the California poppy contains benzodiazepine properties, giving it an affinity for benzodiazepine receptors. That suggests that it should be of some help for both myalgia and neuropathy.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_poppy:

Aqueous extract has sedative and anxiolytic action.

Extract from the California poppy acts as a mild sedative when smoked. The effect is far milder than that of opium. California poppy contains a different class of benzophenanthridine alkaloids:

"An aqueous alcohol extract of Eschscholzia californica has been evaluated for benzodiazepine, neuroleptic, antidepressant, antihistaminic and analgesic properties. The plant extract did not protect mice against the convulsant effects of pentylenetetrazol, and did not cause muscle relaxant effects, but appeared to possess an affinity for the benzodiazepine receptor. The extract induced peripheral analgesic effects in mice but did not possess antidepressant, neuroleptic or antihistaminic effects."

MicOnTheNorthShore

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
gagal wrote:

Also there is CA Poppy Extract which works for muscular pain, but I am not so sure about nerve pain. Look at all the warnings before you take it though. It is NOT the same as opium poppy. It is relatively safe and non addicting.

I'm not sure that it's non addictive. Extract from the California poppy contains benzodiazepine properties, giving it an affinity for benzodiazepine receptors. That suggests that it should be of some help for both myalgia and neuropathy.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_poppy:

Aqueous extract has sedative and anxiolytic action.

Extract from the California poppy acts as a mild sedative when smoked. The effect is far milder than that of opium. California poppy contains a different class of benzophenanthridine alkaloids:

"An aqueous alcohol extract of Eschscholzia californica has been evaluated for benzodiazepine, neuroleptic, antidepressant, antihistaminic and analgesic properties. The plant extract did not protect mice against the convulsant effects of pentylenetetrazol, and did not cause muscle relaxant effects, but appeared to possess an affinity for the benzodiazepine receptor. The extract induced peripheral analgesic effects in mice but did not possess antidepressant, neuroleptic or antihistaminic effects."

Well, I am not sure if it is non addictive either. But I can say I have never heard of a CA poppy addiction problem, and it is sold over the counter.

Did you read my entire post? Puzzled I did say that it works on muscle and nerve pain, but that I was skeptical. Maybe you should Google organic flaxseed oil and pass your wisdom on to jimwel. Smiling

“So really you could take this every night ( no, you won’t get “addicted”) but it’s especially good for those nights where you worked late, are stressed out, or can’t unwind enough to fall asleep.”

http://lifeordepth.com/life-changers/why-we-love-california-poppy-extract/

“California poppy does not contain opiates and does not have the same addictive qualities as the red poppy.”

http://www.benedictineherbs.com/product/20142.html

Yes, I realize these are companies which sell herbs and are therefore biased. It certainly does not have the same addictive qualities as red poppy. Caffeine is addicting too, and chocolate and sex. Please don’t go into a dissertation about the differences between cravings, psychological, and physiological addictions. I know you will because you can't help yourself. It's an obsession. Evil

More importantly, taking 30-drops (in a small glass of water or tea) before bed will keep you asleep and in our experience, can give you some pretty lucid dreams. Big smile Not sure if this is true either, but it's worth a try. Evil

gagal

gagal wrote:
MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:

I'm not sure that it's non addictive. Extract from the California poppy contains benzodiazepine properties, giving it an affinity for benzodiazepine receptors. That suggests that it should be of some help for both myalgia and neuropathy.

California poppy contains a different class of benzophenanthridine alkaloids:

... but appeared to possess an affinity for the benzodiazepine receptor.... "

Well, I am not sure if it is non addictive either...

Did you read my entire post? Puzzled I did say that it works on muscle and nerve pain, but that I was skeptical...

I wrote that it had addictive properties due to its having benzodiazepine properties and an affinity for the benzodiazepine receptor, suggesting that it might attenuate muscle and nerve pain. Benzodiazepines are relatively more addicting than opioids.

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