Common Diseases > Arthritis Tips
1: Make Sure You Really Have
While to some of you, today's tip
might be very basic it is absolutely
essential that you make sure your
diagnosis is correct before you begin
wasting money on treatments that are
not designed to help your specific
really suffer from osteoarthritis?
That question needs an answer before
you embark on a course of treating
it. All too often when you have joint
pain, a doctor will be quick to say,
"Well Jean, you know you aren't
getting any younger and those joints
are starting to degenerate."
This is a mistake. The aging process
is not what causes osteoarthritis.
is only one way to know for certain
that you are suffering from
osteoarthritis. (OA) The diagnostic
tool is a CT-scan and if you have not
had the affected area scanned, any
broad, sweeping statement from a
physician that you have
osteoarthritis is simply the wrong
way to approach it.
there are approximately 100 different
types of medical conditions that can
affect your joints, it will be
difficult to treat your condition
effectively unless you know exactly
what is ailing you.
2: Searching For Just Arthritis Pain
Relief? You Shouldn't.
Doctors are very quick to address
your joint pain with what has become
a "standard" response.
Normally, they tell you to take
NSAIDS like Aspirin, Advil, Motrin,
Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophens, or
prescribe COX-2 inhibitors such as
Vioxx and Celebrex.
these give you pain relief? Yes, you
will obtain some pain relief using
them. However, they also can cause a
wide range of undesirable side
effects from ulcers to heart disease
to liver damage. Even more
importantly, and you need to consider
this fact, the use of these NSAIDs
and COX-2 inhibitors do not halt the
progress of osteoarthritis and new
research is showing they may even
hasten the onset of the disease.
the progress of your arthritis as
well as stopping your pain should be
your goal. How do you reach this
goal? Well, this is a four-step
3. Mental Attitude
3: Keeping Your Weight in Balance is
Key To Taking Control of Your
If you remember from yesterday's
tip, the first step in beating your
arthritis getting your diet in order.
Before I talk about the specific
foods you should and should not be
eating, I will first talk about the
effect of being overweight on your
is a difficult subject to approach
but one that is key to understanding
one of the best ways to slow the
onset of your osteoarthritis.
your osteoarthritis is affecting your
load-bearing joints, keeping your
weight within normal ranges is
important. Load-bearing joints of
course refers to any portion of your
body that would be affected by
excessive weight. Hips, knees, feet
and spine are all load bearing
weight is a tough issue for some.
There are those of us who have always
been a little overweight and have
never been able to lose it. Don't
give up on doing exactly that. It
becomes a much more important issue
when osteoarthritis is affecting your
ability to function without excessive
pain on a day-to-day basis. I am
suggesting, that if you are not
already doing so you make efforts to
watch your diet and try your best to
engage in exercises that will assist
you in losing weight such as walking.
Believe me, it is well worth the time
Tip 4: The Arthritis
First, I will start this tip with
a list of foods to watch out for.
While there over 100 different kinds
of arthritis, they all have one thing
in common. There are one or more
foods that the sufferer is allergic
The most common food culprits are excess:
should make a note that when you eat
these foods. If your arthritis pain
becomes worse within 24 hours of
eating any of the above, it is a good
bet that you've found a food that
aggravates your arthritis and that
you should stay away from it.
- red meat
- dairy products
- soft drinks
- refined flour and gluten
- nightshades (examples below) =
- red peppers
- white potatoes
things have happened since the 1930s
and 40s that have caused Arthritis to
be much more common.
Tip 5: Fighting
Arthritis Through Proper Exercise!
- 1. Sugar became a large part of our diets
- 2. Drinking of soda has become widespread.
- There are 11 to 13 teaspoons of sugar in a soft drink. If you
put a penny in a glass of cola it will eat the coin. I would highly
recommend to anyone with Arthritis to stop drinking soda and reduce his or her sugar intake.
- If it can spoil eat it. If it cannot spoil do not eat it.
- Also, stay away from additives and preservatives.
- Be sure to read the labels.
- Look at all the additives in ice cream, candy, and all the
quick meals you pop in the microwave. They just are not good for your Arthritis.
prepared meals have over 1200
mg of sodium in each serving
and 60 mg of cholesterol.
is not just bad for your
Arthritis; it is bad for your
health in general.
Since your body has 143 different
joints that are in motion every day
of your life, this next piece of
advice may be a little difficult to
describe. The favorite targets of
osteoarthritis are your hands, hips,
knees, feet and spine. That does not
mean that any or all of those other
joints are immune from attack. It is
not unusual for doctors to say things
like "take it easy on that
joint." In other words, they are
really saying they don't want you to
"exercise" the affected
intentions may be good but it is also
not good advice. As best you can, try
to keep painful joint areas in
motion, even in a limited manner.
Exercise is good for joints affected
by osteoarthritis. Even if you don't
think you can exercise, you can. Even
the lightest exercise can go along
way to maintaining joint mobility and
health. A good exercise routine is
key to beating Arthritis.
Tip 6: The
Treatments: NSAIDs, Cox-II
Inhibitors, Surgery, &
will often prescribe NSAIDs and
COX-II inhibitors for joint pain and
arthritis sufferers. If you are
taking these treatments, you are
putting yourself at a high risk for
developing serious side effects from
heart disease to ulcers. These
treatments simply are not healthy for
even more serious cases, the doctor
will often prescribe steroids.
However, steroids such as cortisone
and opiates are not only dangerous,
they can be life threatening. These
are not a viable alternative either,
and once again, all they do is treat
the pain, but do nothing to treat the
most severe cases of osteoarthritis,
a doctor almost certainly will be
telling you that you will require
steroid treatments and unfortunately,
in the more severe cases they will
often be quick to say that terrible
"S" word surgery.
you are talking about joint surgery
(typically, hip and knee
replacements) there are usually two
end results here, First of all, no
matter what you are told you will
experience limited mobility for the
rest of your life after even the most
successful operations. Secondly,
surgeries do have a failure rate.
Generally, they will last about 8-10
years at most and the surgery will
have to be repeated.
there is hope. The latest arthritis
research has shown that there are
some very effective alternatives that
have no side effects, are completely
safe, and treat both the pain and
disease. This treatment is
Recently, glucosamine has been making
a lot of headlines. Glucosamine is an
over-the-counter dietary supplement
that has been shown to be effective
in the treatment of osteoarthritis
and joint pain. Glucosamine
stimulates the production of
glycosaminoglycans (GAG's), important
proteins found in cartilage and
proteoglycans, the water holding
molecules that make up the cartilage.
Tip 7: How to
Evaluate a Glucosamine Product
compounds have opened up an entirely
new avenue for all of you who suffer
from osteoarthritis. There is nothing
new about the use of glucosamine as
an arthritis treatment. For many
years it has been used in Asia and
Europe before the English speaking
medical community caught on. However,
you have to very, very careful when
selecting among glucosamine products.
selection should be based on five
put, the higher quality of
glucosamine you use, the greater your
relief will be. Many companies use
medium grade glucosamine so you must
be careful to look for the highest
quality. You need to look for
pharmaceutical grade glucosamine if
you want the fastest and fullest
relief and healing.
- You must consider the quality of glucosamine,
- method of delivery to body,
- additional ingredients in the product,
- and of course price.
the method of delivery can make the
difference between no pain relief and
complete pain relief. Most products
produced after the breakthrough news
of the 1999 Lancet Medical Journal
glucosamine study were rushed to the
market. In this haste, these
companies did not take any time to do
tests on their product. They simply
assumed pill form would be the most
effective. The latest research
however, has shown that glucosamine
in liquid form is much more
effective. In selecting a glucosamine
product, you should look for one that
is liquid form.
crucial to the effectiveness of the
product is the other ingredients that
are included in the product.
Glucosamine alone, for most people,
is not a cure all. To receive truly
complete relief you need to look for
products that combine a number of
arthritis fighting ingredients. You
should look for a product that
besides glucosamine sulfate and
glucosamine HCL, also contains
arthritis-fighting ingredients such
as chondroitin, Boswellin,
bromelaine, omega 3 &6, yucca,
manganese ascorbate, and vitamins A,
C, and E.
considering price, you must take care
to determine exactly how much supply
you are purchasing. Many companies
engage in what can only be called a
"deceptive" practice. They
often will include 60 pills, or 32
oz. of the product, but they don't
make it clear that you have to take 6
pills or 4 oz. a day. You think you
have purchased a month supply when
often you will run out in less than 2
weeks. A good price for a quality
liquid glucosamine product with many
of the above ingredients
synergistically combined is around
recommendation for glucosamine
products is Syn-flex, a
pharmaceutical grade liquid formula
that combines all the ingredients
that are essential to your pain
relief and joint healing.
Tip 8: 12 Ingredients
that Will End Your Arthritis
treating arthritis, there are 12 key
compounds that you should be taking
for maximum relief. These are
glucosamine, chondroitin, boswellin,
bromelaine, omega 3 &6, yucca,
manganese ascorbate, and vitamins A,
C, and E.
used together, studies (an in my
personal experience) have shown
tremendous results are possible in
treating arthritis. Unlike dangerous
Cox-2 inhibitors and NSAIDs the below
ingredients have no side effects, are
natural, and are safe. Below is a
description of the role of each of my
12 recommended ingredients.