Arthritis Relief Plus A-z

Arthritis isn’t only limited to the bones. Women who experience a great deal of pain during their menstrual cycle have a form of arthritis in their muscles. This isn’t too dissimilar to the joint arthritis. It causes severe pain and little can be taken to overcome the pain.

What we do know is that when you have arthritis your immune system goes into over-drive and causes the joints to swell and become inflamed. Therefore, treating the inflammation becomes key in managing the pain and discomfort associated with this condition.

I’d suffered from worse than average migraines my whole life but gradually throughout my twenties the pain and frequency intensified. A couple of years ago I began to realise there was no longer a gap between attacks. My brain slipped into a loop, migraine begetting migraine, pain creating more pain, and nothing could stop the juggernaut of my malfunction. Despite heavyweight preventative medications (each with its own difficult side-effects), mid-2009 my daily migraine became more sinister. I’d lived in constant pain …

Women go through this period once a month and it is far from a pleasant feeling. Even the slightest disturbance can shift her mind off balance and it can give rise to personality related issues. Those around her are normally in the firing line. The muscle arthritis causes the blood to thicken and thus, makes it very uncomfortable for the individual concerned.

Broadening The Arthritis Relief Plus Circle

Those suffering from muscle arthritis have the possibility of taking medications such as the Depo-Provera injection and easing their suffering. Some women go to the point of surgically removing their wombs in order to remove further possibilities of more pain. This method has its own pros and cons. Seeking medical help can keep you from doing further harm.

Women have been enduring the suffering of the menstrual cycles for millennia. The worst days are when the cycle becomes active, for some women. Medication is available for those who wish to seek relief from the aches caused. The medicine will help thin the blood and make matters easier. The first two days after the cycle are usually the toughest. Afterwards, the cramps and other aches tend to wear off. Pain and discomfort may prevail in some cases. If that happens very often, it is better to consult a physician who may suggest glucosmaine.

QUESTION: Arthritis in the knees. What is the best way to get relief?
I have arthritis in my knees and they are painful and stiff. I find walking down the stairs at home nearly impossible. Walking upstairs is no problem. My doctor won't prescribe painkillers in tablet form at they upset your stomach with long term use. So I am using a gel called Etoflam which doesn't help very much. Is there anything else I can get for relief?

  • My sympathy, I've been living with problems in one knee all my adult life and have now been told that I will need a replacement in the near but not immediate future. So, here are the tricks I have been using. First, keep the quadriceps muscles strong – if you haven't been shown the right exercises ask your gp for a physio referral so that you can learn all the right ones for you. I have recently bought a 'wobble cushion', initially to help my lower spine, but have found it useful for my knee as well. However, with two bad knees (rather than one bad and one starting to complain) you really do need physio advice on whether this is the right thing for you and if so how to use it best. Second, try swimming crawl (front or back) to keep fit. I like back crawl as you are supposed to kick from the hips keeping your knee relaxed and I find that this can ease it a bit. Third, try ice. Your physio will give you advice but mine gave me the following instructions. Make sure your skin is well moisturised. Cover your knee with a damp cloth to avoid an ice burn. Take a bag of frozen peas and put it on your knee. Wrap in a towel and leave for no more than 10 min. This can be repeated a couple of times a day but do use moisturiser (hand cream is fine) to avoid chapping. Lastly, try to keep your weight under control because the load through your knee joint is a multiple of your body weight and excess weight doesn't help. It can be hard to keep weight off because your activity is limited but do try. My rheumatologist recommends low dose amitriptyline (10mg) at night which acts as a slow release pain killer and helps sleeping – I find it helpful. You do need to play around with timing as it has a sedative effect and you would not be allowed to drive on higher doses but she said that it was OK at 10mg provided that I felt OK. Some people swear by chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine, these seem safe so may be worth a try. Fish oil capsules have some scientific backing for rheumatoid arthritis so might be worth a try. Because I have a muscle problem as well I am on ibuprofen but I have to take Lansoprazole as well to reduce the stomach problems, I think I have to have kidney function tests periodically as well but being able to walk around is such a relief. You could discuss paracetamol use with your gp. I can't take any of the codeines as they make me violently sick. The only other suggestion I can make is to reduce the number of times you use the stairs. I don't know about your house but downstairs loo might really help. Over the shoulder bag to carry things on the stairs if you are alone might also be a good idea plus an upstairs and downstairs vacuum cleaner. Good luck

  • its a b4st4rd aint it? i have the same problem although not all the time. i take dyhydrocodiene and although they work, you are right, they bind you up something rotten. try rubbing deep heat into your knees. it eases it a little

  • Try Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil (Capsules). Worked wonders with mine.

  • There is a plus side to this situation. You can drive away any man whom you do not fancy by using the words menstrual cycle or periods. Those words are like kryptonite to most men.

    As you age, menopause will set in and thus, the frequency of the cycles will reduce drastically. This is the natural way and no medicine is necessary for this. At this point, you could be developing aches and pains in your joints though. This too will need special attention. If not, you’ll be in for severe pain in the next few years.

    Arthritis isn’t to be taken lightly. If left untreated, it can hamper you during the rest of your life. No pain killer in the world will be in a position to help you stem the inflammation caused by arthritis. Many of the drugs can only reduce the pain. However, not all drugs are effective. Once again, seeking help from your doctor will be the best way to go about this issue.