During my long nursing career I was never able to find relief from my own arthritis pain until I turned to natural or alternative medicine. Many people have found there was a means to relieve themselves from the crippling pain of arthritis, especially osteoarthritis, although many people with rheumatoid arthritis have indicated that a major diet change has made their rheumatoid arthritis symptoms disappear and they continue on their own rheumatoid arthritis treatment relieved of pain.
The arthritic joints usually seems to be even larger, are stiff and painful, and usually feel worse the more they’re used as the day goes on. Hurtful arthritis pain is commonly experienced whenever a stiff or swollen joint is used even for the easiest tasks. Unlike other types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondilytis, osteoarthritis isn’t systemic in basis in other words it cannot be detected by using blood tests for diagnosis because it seems to be localized.
The cartilage is composed of chondrocytes, water, proteoglycans and collagen. The chondrocytes are basic cartilage cells and are critical to our balance and function. Collagen is the main protein found in all the connective tissues in the area of human body, including muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Proteoglycans are the very large molecules that help to make up cartilage. They bond to water, which ensures there’ll be high-fluid content in the cartilage.
In general, the possible causes and the factors leading to the degradation of cartilage in arthritis and specifically osteoarthritis are still not known. And injuries can sometimes be the initiation of a long-term arthritic disease process. Arthritis, or rather osteoarthritis, can develop many years later after a single traumatic injury to a joint or even near a joint. And one possible cause of arthritis is the inflammatory response, owing to the over-response of the immune system to an injury or other assault in the body, such as an infection, even if minor.
Some people report that glucosamine, with or without chondroitin, helps and others say they tried them and they did not help them at all. To see if it might be allergy related-or helps, you can try avoiding the eight most allergic foods, one at a time. They are wheat. This is the most allergenic of all, corn, egg, milk, nuts, peanuts, fish and shellfish. Keep in mind only if you take a joint supplement it should serve to do three things-build up your cartilage, provide pain relief for your joints and enhance your flexibility and movement.
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One successful natural treatment method involves avoiding all inflammatory foods. Another is to try massaging your fingers or other affected joints with virgin coconut oil once or twice a day. The supplements that may help any disease or arthritic ailment include sublingual methylcobalamin, vitamin B12, not cyanocobalamin. It dissolve slowly under the tongue, not be chewed and vitamin D3 gel capsules, especially if you cannot get a daily dose of 15 to 20 minutes or so of sunlight on your arms and legs then you can make your own vitamin D3.
An acidic diet, which is composed of foods that aren’t alive, is considered to be inflammatory to the joints and other body processes. I started eating a diet of living foods (fruits, raw veggies, raw nuts and raw seeds), years ago. This caused my osteoarthritis to disappear and therefore relieve me of the crippling arthritis pain I had for years. If you attempt this diet it is best to try it for a period of at least 30 days, thereby eliminating any foods that might be the culprits.
If you really do want to dispose of your arthritis pain permanently it may take a significant change in your diet and an ongoing commitment to it. Exercise is normally good for any joint affected by osteoarthritis, but check with your arthritis doctor first. And did I mention how essential it is to make sure to keep moving, moving, and moving? Now if you have pain and swelling in your fingers, you can try squeezing a wad of Thera-putty which is made to this effect, or exercising them with two of the Chinese chime balls which you can get cheaply from several sources. There are many exercises that can serve as a therapy or treatment for arthritis regardless of how much restriction of movement there is.
A good exercise for many people is to place the finger tips together and press hard and release then repeat several times, for arthritic fingers. Make sure to fight arthritis through plenty of movement and exercise. Keep a basket of arthritis treatment aids for arthritic hands, such as the Thera-hand grips, putty, and the Taiji Chinese chime balls to be used at bedtime or while you are watching television.
Once you become completely knowledgeable about arthritis whether its osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, juvenile arthritis, gouty arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis, you will be in a position to plan your own arthritis treatment program, natural or conventional or a mixture of both. Conventional arthritis doctors may suggest their standard protocol for your joint pain and may tell you to take charge of-the-counter NSAIDS or prescribe COX-2 inhibitors which all have some serious side effects. Make sure you do your research before you take any arthritis drugs, medicines or medications. Naturopathic doctors may have other suggestions not listed here. They may have herb recommendations but do research on the herbs also.
A useful tip: if you are going to take any arthritis drugs or prescription medications, make sure to ask your druggist for the drug inserts so you know how to read up on the drugs and understand any side effects or adverse reactions that they have, before you start taking them. Make sure to let your pharmacist know what other drugs, herbs and over the counter medications you are taking too.
Knowing more about symptoms and treatments for arthritis, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis and the way they work will ultimately help contribute to your arthritis pain relief. Once you understand the facts and warnings about arthritis, possible causes, the symptoms, and the treatment approaches you can take, you will be on your way to recovery and hopefully your pain will disappear. Perhaps following some these tips and suggestions, with the permission of your arthritis doctor may help you go back to the swing of things fast and enable you to spend your days enjoying life free of pain once more.