Living with Arthritis: Diminishing the Pain

| 5/11/2015 3:47:00 PM

arthritis-diagram of affected joint

Living with Arthritis: Diminishing the Pain

When pain in my leg, localized in my knee, was diagnosed by my MD as Osteoarthritis, I was not too surprised. I was only 54, which seemed a little young, but it is known that arthritis is genetic and several of my family members had also had the ailment as part of their lives.

Saying No to Pharmaceuticals

So my doctor recommended a prescription only medication used to virtually eliminate the pain and debilitating effects of arthritis. She gave me a free sample to try before I committed to a regular regime. Well, it did help somewhat but to me it wasn’t all that different from ibuprofen. Then I discovered the price…$750 for a 3 month supply. I was floored. I know that this might not be considered too pricey compared to other medications, but it was well beyond by means and arthritis is not a life threatening illness. It does however affect “quality of Life”. So I made the decision to pursue other avenues of healing.

This article deals with remedies for Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. Arthritis means, simply, inflammation in one or more of the joints. Since it is a chronic condition, in addition to inflammation the cartilage between the joints breaks down. It is amazing to think that there are over 100 different types of arthritis. However, generally people are most familiar with the two most common forms: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid. Over 27 million Americans have Osteoarthritis, and 1.3 million have Rheumatoid Arthritis. (Arthritis Foundation, 2015)

Many temporary measures can be utilized to diminish the effects of arthritis:

• Ibuprofen-a non-prescription, readily available medicine that not only relieves pain, but helps to reduce inflammation, Very helpful for arthritis sufferers, but overuse may cause stomach damage.
• Topical ointments and rubs (for example Ben Gay) can provide pain relief for minor aches.
• Ice packs, used regularly, can help diminish swelling.
• Regular exercise that is low impact on the joints, swimming is an excellent choice and also yoga.
• Weight control: carrying extra weight can of course burden several of the major joints.

Looking at these diagrams showing how arthritis affects the joints it makes one realize how arthritis can be so painful. Sometimes Osteoarthritis progresses to the point that the cartilage between the joints breaks down and more drastic measures need to be taken to not only alleviate pain but to stop the disease from have a debilitating affect.
5/21/2015 7:40:54 AM

It is a shame that such drastic and invasive measures are being suggested when all that is really needed is a change in diet. The book 'A Doctors Proven Cure for Arthritis 'by Giraud W Campbell, D.O. and R B Stone is a revelation for arthritis sufferers. It certainly was for my 90 year old mother who is pain free now after many years of pain and operations (which had no effect). She simply changed her diet as suggested in the book. The Western diet is a magnet for arthritis and of course it is much more profitable for companies to sell drugs and perform operations etc than to tell you to change your diet and not make a dime! Prevention is always better than a cure and the body tells us when we are doing something wrong to the body (normally with pain) so it really is not that difficult to prevent/cure most if not all symptoms - if we just listen to the body!! Kindest regards Malcolm

5/18/2015 4:59:54 PM

While I appreciate all that you wrote here, it really would be so helpful if you would detail the day-to-day problems you had AFTER surgery. It's one thing to say that there is pain, and you required lots of physical therapy, but what about the simple things like getting into bed, or up from a chair, showering, etc? Even feeding the cat, for that matter. I am not being casual about this, but the clinical experience is well documented, but not the at-home one. Thank you,

5/18/2015 2:45:08 PM

I thank you for this article as I found it to be very informative & very educational. My left knee is not bad enough to need replacement, but I do have a almost constant pain... I use a Capsaicin based cream to reduce/relieve the far this seems to be working.

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