Osteoarthritis and Boniva Drug - Is There A Natural Alternative?
An older friend (80) has taken name brand drug Boniva (osteoarthritis) for several years. Because of change in insurance she switched to a generic brand. After taking the generic for one month she developed almost flu like symptoms with horrible pain in all her joints. She stopped medication under doctors care and has been trying a variety of anti inflammatory drugs to control her pain, to no avail. She's had body scans and blood work but doctors don't seem to know what to do. If the drugs are the cause of this pain what are some treatments she can ask about or pursue on her own?
Is there a specialist she might be able to consult outside her family doctor who would be better able to help her? Her quality of life has gone down hill quickly from her recent active life. Any ideas? She is in search of a better plan and some hope. Thank you for your time. Kind Regards, DB
Hi Diane, and thank you for your question regarding your friends osteoarthritis.
Firstly, I need to say that the opinions expressed here are completely my own and I'm not a doctor. I will say though that I think Boniva is a nasty drug (and I'm not alone in this). Its horrible side effects outweigh any potential benefits in my view and your friend is better off without it (only my opinion of course). I recommend you have a read of some of the consumer comments and side effects about the drug from this reputable page... Boniva side effects
With that said, there really are some excellent natural remedies and treatments for arthritis that will help tremendously. Your body needs calcium, magnesium, boron and vitamin D to prevent and treat arthritis (no matter what type) so this is the best place to start. Have a read of this article and take the time to read "The Borax Conspiracy" article as well... Calcium, Magnesium, Boron and Vitamin D for Arthritis
. For joint pain relief, many sufferers are having remarkable success with this remedy... Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda for Arthritis Relief
Finally, I would suggest your friend works in conjunction with a Naturopathic physician to treat her health problem. Find one in your local area that is experienced in natural and alternative treatments for osteoarthritis.
Hope this helps you and your friend Diane.
Good luck and all the best to you,