Ask HER: Osteoarthritis, Premenstrual Cramps & Ovarian Cysts
February 18, 2016•9 min
Listen in as Pam and Michelle answer your personal health questions.It's YOUR time on HER Radio. Be a part of the show... send your comments and ask your questions by email, AskHER@radiomd.com. It's time to Ask HER. Today, on HER Radio you wanted to know:Do you have any advice on treating osteoarthritis in both knees and hip?Osteoarthritis can happen anywhere in your body. Osteoarthritis is when the normal wear and tear on a body erodes the cartilage at the ends of the bones.Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs can help. Platelet-rich plasma can ease symptoms. Arnica cream is a natural way to ease the pain. Braces can help support the weakened area.Sam-E is used by orthopedic surgeons. Glucosamine and chondroitin are great supplements for joint pain, and exercise within reason strengthens joins.I get terrible cramps one week before my period. How can I improve my pain?Dysmenorreah cramps occur before or during the period. It’s common. Be sure to rule out endometriosis as a cause for the pain. You can ask for a prostaglandin inhibitor, and hormone therapy helps some women.Keep a calendar of when this is happening to you so you can communicate better with your doctor. Reduce stress to ease your symptoms.When should I seek medical help for an ovarian cyst?You only need to see a doctor about ovarian cysts if they burst and you have abdominal pain. Ovarian cysts are common in women and don’t present problems. If you experience nausea, unusual vomiting, or abdominal pain, go to the doctor.If you have a personal health question that you want answered, Pam and Michelle encourage you to send them in to AskHER@radiomd.com.