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Voltran Gel for Osteoarthritis

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Voltran gel. So, it’s not really called Voltran, but it’s close, so that’s what I’m calling it. On Wednesday, I got to meet with my Rheumy for a much anticipated appointment. Over the past two months, as you know, I’ve been off Enbrel and not visiting my Rheumy because of a Lyme’s Disease and Mono diagnosis. I was really worn down, frustrated, and stressed out when I showed up. The nurse who is always there and works with me (the same one who taught me how to use Enbrel) put her arm around me and led me back to the exam room. She asked me how I was doing and I was completely honest with her. She was so understanding and wonderful. She told me to take a deep breath and said that we’d figure it all out. My pulse was good (72 beats a minute), but my blood pressure was up. The last few times I’ve gone to the doctor it’s been elevated which is weird because usually it’s low and everyone is always telling me how wonderful it is.That’s for the next post.

So anyway, I got my long-awaited and needed direction from him; I can go back on Enbrel! This morning I took my first injection in over two months. It was funny because this time my mentality was, thank god I get to take it, rather than ugh another injection. It made it much easier. So basically the Rheumy said we’ll give the Enbrel two more months and if it doesn’t help, we will try something else. I’m hoping the Enbrel works. He also said that if I don’t feel any better next week to let him know and he’ll probably put me on a short term course of steroids. In addition, I will continue to be on Nambumetone and hopefully that  coupled with Enbrel will do the trick.

Then he turned to my knees. I had complained about them before and how it hurts to be in the car too long, they hurt when I walk, etc. He re-examined my xrays and poked and prodded the knees for a bit and said that it appears to be osteoarthritis and that my bursae are puffy and swollen (inside of the knees). He said that he could give me cortisonal injections (to which I made a face… more injections?). He smiled and said we would try a topical osteoarthris gel first. You 2g of it on the spots of pain/tenderness 4 times a day. The gel, Voltran gel, as I affectionately call it, is another NSAID (as is Nambumetone). I’m hoping the gel will work.

So that’s about where we are. I go back in a month to follow up and get blood work done again. In addition, if nothing improves by next week, I call and go on steroids. Here’s hoping I feel better next week!

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PSA: Peas Cold Therapy

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Since I’ve been spending the bulk of this past week checking on and hanging out with Andrew as he works through his surgery, I realize I haven’t posted anything regarding AS in a few days. Yesterday, I went off to CVS to pick-up my next round of Enbrel injections. As you may recall, I’ve been having strange injection reactions but my Rheumy wanted me to continue on the path of Enbrel and not give up quite yet… so I am being patient. Next week I have a follow-up appointment with the Rheumy to see how things are progressing and where we will go from here. I still need to schedule my physical therapy and I definitely am planning on asking about the pain/tingling in my fingers and wrists as well as my swollen ankles, which have been making themselves ever present more recently… particularly on my left ankle, where I had surgery.

Regardless, back to my trip to CVS. First off, I again owed nothing for my Enbrel perscription! Thank you federal employee Blue Cross Blue Shield and Enbrel Support! While I was at the store, I wanted to look for some sort of ice pack that I could use on my knees. It is quite difficult to do routine activities while tryng to hold an ice pack on your knee, so I wanted something preferably with a strap. That is when I found peas cold therapy. They have a variety of ice packs for different body parts and most important to me, they have knee packs. These circular ice packs have straps on them so you can simply freeze, place on the knee, velcro the straps and go or sleep or do what you need to. I will say that the ice packs are convenient. They are filled with little gel balls so there is nothing poking you. They flex and form around your knee. The packs is generally comfortable. I will say that my one downfall to this ice pack is that it didn’t seem to last for an exceptionally long time. I found that after an hour or so I needed to throw it back in the freezer… but, at least it worked for that hour!

Anyway, I figured I’d share with you– it cost about $16 and you can purchase them online or in the CVS stores. I saw on their pamphlet that they also carry a wrist ice pack and a lower back ice pack. I plan on purchasing these… Unfortunately, they don’t have adult ankle wraps, only youth ankle wraps, but perhaps in the future!

Has anyone else tried out this ice packs before? Are there others you like?