Ok, so I have been taking Aleve which I don't want to take. I took naproxyn a long time ago for my knees and they prescribed it with caution. Now that I can get it over the counter, it is easy to get but not any easier to take. So, it is aspirin or nothing. We all know that Tylenol doesn't do anything for an inflammation so I don't bother.
I have also been using all manner of topical products -- Aspercreme, Salonpas, rubbing alcohol, Absorbine Jr. -- whatever I can get my hands on. It helps, for a little while.
So, I decided to do a little research on DIY approaches to the problem.
I am a fan of apple cider vinegar so I studied that first. Of course, they talk about drinking it which I have done for years. I will be doing that again. But....they also talked about making an ointment of it by mixing 2 tbs. vinegar with 1 tbs. coconut oil and rubbing it on and using it at night.
I made the ointment last night but it didn't mix up, I need to heat the oil since oil and vinegar don't mix! I got it mixed up enough, however, to rub it on my knees and I went to bed.
Last night was the first night I have slept so pain free and so soundly.
I will do it again and see if it really does work but I got up this morning and, while I am still limping and all, I am not hurting as badly.