I mentioned in a previous entry that I bought some Joint Juice. While it's supposed to take two or three weeks for it to start working, I felt miraculously better on the third day, and continued feeling less pain for a week. And then things changed. Last week I had the most incredible pain of my life, worse than anything after surgery or therapy. I was on the verge of tears for two or three days. Cliff would be the first to tell you that I have a high tolerance for pain. But this was so horrific that I got scared, and I thought, "I can't live like this."
I've often mentioned how Cliff's partial deafness isolates him. Well, last week I realized that severe pain isolates a person, too, because you can't really concentrate on much that is going on around you. Honestly, I didn't care about anything anybody said or did.
So I made an appointment with an orthopedist.
You know how pain is... it's all you can think about when it's present, but once it's gone, you don't think much about it.
Two days ago it occurred to me that I had very little pain. Even now, after tilling and planting in the garden for two hours this morning, I don't hurt a fraction as badly as I did last week doing nothing at all, when I was ready to give up gardening.
Did the Joint Juice finally start working the way it's supposed to, now that two or three weeks have passed?
I thought about canceling my appointment (it's this afternoon), but decided that would be silly. Maybe this relief is only temporary. And I do know from experience (mine and Cliff's) that with arthritis, you have good days and bad days.
So we'll see what the doctor says. I probably won't buy any more Joint Juice: I'll switch to the glucosamine/chondroitin tablets, which are cheaper and contain the same active ingredients.
I'll keep you posted.