Kathy was an active 65 year old woman who had osteoarthritis. Part of her daily routine was walking 3 miles each day. She liked to get outside and her waking kept her active. It was also social as she walked with other women in her neighborhood. However, over the last couple of years her hip became increasingly more painful and disrupted her ability to exercise. It became more evident in the last several months when she could only walk 1/2 mile slowly and painfully. Nothing really helped her pain. Since she had gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) she was unable to take NSAIDs for the pain such as Ibuprophen. Kathy wasn’t sure what to do to help the pain.
In addition to Kathy’s new osteoarthritis diagnosis two year ago, there was a strong family history of arthritis in the family. Both her mother and sister had osteoarthritis and her father’s mother had it as well. Kathy came with her main health concern related to her hip but she also had lower levels of pain in her hands from osteoarthritis and intermittently in her feet. She had tried NSIADS like Ibuprofen when she was desperate but they irritated her stomach and made her existing GERD condition worse so she stopped taking them. Her orthopedic doctor had little options other than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSIADS) and cortisone injections. She had osteopenia so she was scared to get repetitive cortisone injections knowing it could reduce her bone density (strength). She was looking for alternatives to treat her pain.
After her initial consultation it was clear what would be a great treatment for Kathy. Instead of steroid injections, we used a non-steroidal Homeopathic injection to treat her osteoarthritis pain. An injection of homoeopathic “Zeel” was given to Kathy. Each injection would take about five minutes to administer. Zeel, one of the many, homeopathic injections we use to treat inflammation and pain works to regulate inflammation in the body rather than suppress it. These injections can be given intramuscularly (into the muscle) with a small needle or locally to the hip, knee, foot or location of the pain. Luckily in Kathy’s case she only needed the intramuscular injection to get pain relief. I also gave her “Zeel” tablets to take sublingual (under her tongue) morning and night when she wasn’t in the office for an injection to keep the anti-inflammatory action going.
After an injection weekly for one month, Kathy’s hip pain reduced from 8 out of 10 to a 0 to 2 out of 10. She was thrilled with the results. Not only did her hip pain dramatically improve, her osteoarthritis pain in her hands and feet also was resolved. She now receives one injection every 4 to 6 weeks. Her treatment is inexpensive, quick, safe and she can now forgo any prescription or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. She is generally pain-free or at a low level and likes to get an injection every 4-6 weeks as a preventative measure to keep the pain and inflammation controlled. She also wanted to prevent further degeneration of her joints. She is exercising again regularly and feels great.
*All Names of these true life cases have been changed to maintain confidentiality