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What have you found that helps your arthritis?

Asked by BoBo1946 (15285points) March 12th, 2010

I’ve an arthritic hip and somedays it is okay, but other days, very painful. On those days it hurts, the two Aleve does very little good.

If you have something that can help, please share it with us!

As always, have a great day!

Bo

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snowberry's avatar

Omega 3 fatty acids, good oils and fats in my diet. If I do those, I don’t have arthritis.

BoBo1946's avatar

@snowberry really…the one that is interesting is fats….loll..grease the joints to the wheel!

partyparty's avatar

Have you tried glucosamine or chondroitin? It is supposed to help the symptoms.

BoBo1946's avatar

@partyparty yes MsP…I’m allergic to both. Had a horrible reaction….itching to the point, wanted to cut my feet and hands off….oh my gosh, that was an ordeal. But, those are great for people that can take them.

snowberry's avatar

I used to work in a place that provided a big meal for lunch for free. I noticed that after a few months of working there, my joints started to hurt. I stopped eating their food (which was full of margarine, fried food, and other “bad fats”) and went back to my old diet (fish, no fried food, olive oil, etc), and I felt better.

BoBo1946's avatar

@snowberry ummm…i always “try” to stay away from those foods. i do the fish, chicken, etc. thing. Olive oil…will try that!

snowberry's avatar

I NEVER eat fried food, margarine, mayonnaise, or fatty meats, and I stay away from pork all together. This means that I have dropped most breads off my diet as well.

BoBo1946's avatar

@snowberry the fried food, don’t do that either, but do eat a lot of bread.

snowberry's avatar

Every illness in the human body involves inflammation in one way or another. Every food you eat either promotes inflammation or reduces it. The idea is to eat more foods that reduce inflammation than that cause it. It’s sort of mind-boggling at first, but they have a point.

Saturated fats, sugar, and most food additives increase inflammation. Obviously, this means eating a low glycemic diet, but it goes beyond that. Here’s a link. http://nutrition.about.com/od/dietsformedicaldisorders/a/antiinflamfood_2.htm

snowberry's avatar

You might be interested in this book, The Inflammation-Free Diet Plan by Monica Reinagel She has found a way to assign an “Inflammation Rating” to over 1000 foods, which is helpful in planning your diet. Included recipes as well.

thriftymaid's avatar

Synvisc injections are effective for knees;. The treatment consists of three injections two weeks apart. Ouch! I have had them once in one knee. I have had knee problems since I was a teenager, but surprisingly I am having less trouble with them these days.

pearls's avatar

@BoBo1946 Sorry, but I can’t help you out on this one. Have you had any conversation with your doctor about this. He/she might be able to recommend something.

BoBo1946's avatar

@pearls oh yes…they want to replace the hip! yikes!!!

Thank you my friend!

Lightlyseared's avatar

Tai Chi turned out to be amazingly effective.

BoBo1946's avatar

@Lightlyseared will check that out…thank you!

john65pennington's avatar

Celebrex. it requires a prescription from your doctor. i have had 13 surgeries and Celebrex has helped my body with the pain of arthritis. i probably could not exist without it.

gailcalled's avatar

4000IU/daily of vitamin D3 combined with 1250 Omega-3 gel caps or liquid cod liver oil (1 T daily) help. How about a walking program; start gradually.

gemiwing's avatar

I would second the fish oils/omega3’s and talking to your doctor. Tell him you don’t want surgery and would rather try other methods first. We also don’t know your full medical history- what type of arthritis, what shape are your bones in etc.

That said- I feel you on being in pain. It’s no fun!

BoBo1946's avatar

@ thank you folks for the good information. Have to get me a game plan to beat this stuff…have a great weekend!

john65pennington's avatar

Bobo. i was skeptical about Celebrex. once it was in my system, about 3 days, i suddenly discovered that i did not hurt anymore. the other possible suggestions are okay and its your choice, but i know what works for me and i am sure it will work for you. john

thriftymaid's avatar

@john65pennington @BoBo1946 I was prescribed Celebrex once and took it 11 days. On the eighth day I began having heart palpitations. The next day I went to an oral surgeon for an extraction. They would not do it because my blood pressure was HIGH. My normal blood pressure is 100/60. That night I was in class and had chest pains that caused me to pass out. My ears also started ringing. IT WAS ALL DUE TO CELEBREX. I complained to everyone – the pharma, the FDA etc. All indications are that the pharma knew that Celebrex caused all of these problems before it was approved and hit the market; one source claims that it was not disclosed prior to approval. It took years for my blood pressure to return to normal and I still have the ringing in my ears. Please do not take any cox2 inhibitors (Celebrex, Viox, etc.) unless you can get relief no other way. It literally almost killed me. I have no allergies.

BoBo1946's avatar

@thriftymaid wow…have heard that before. It is not for everyone….

BoBo1946's avatar

@john65pennington thank you John…going to talk with my doctor and make a decision.

Acutally, lately since I quit eating cereal in the morning…it has gotten better. Someone said that the gluton in cereal activates “arthur!”

philosopher's avatar

For me stretching keeps my joints flexible. I do Yoga stretches. My Husband has tried everything. He has it in his back and hands.
Thankfully he is a strong person. I pray for him and hope for answers. Research is key.

john65pennington's avatar

Thrifymaid…......i have not heard of this. i have taken Celebrex for many years with no problems. sorry you had all the health problems associated with Celebrex. i think this medicene effects different people in different ways. so far, so good here. john

philosopher's avatar

I am almost afraid to say this but my Husband told me today that since he stopped eating red meat he has had less pain. I heard all this from many others. I pray it remains this way.
Thirty I also make wild salmon,shrimp ,mahi mahi and snapper. We eat fish at least once per week. We take an Omega three supplement.
We have not eaten red meat in more than twelve years.

thriftymaid's avatar

@john65pennington These drugs have killed lots of people; they cause heart attacks and high blood pressure. What I don’t know is if you take it and do fine on it if the bad things can then happen. It was petty immediate with me. Remember Viox was taken off the market (but I think it’s back). Celebrex and Viox share the bad, even fatal, possible consequences.

josie's avatar

Ibuprofin 800mg q 8 hrs

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