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JOINT PAIN AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT…

As we get older we all suffer from joint pain. It can become quite a problem for many of us. For a number of years, herbalists have sworn by the effectiveness of rose hips for arthritic conditions. Eight out of ten osteoarthritis sufferers experienced less pain and stiffness after they took a wild rose hip preparation rich in compound called GOPO which is available from Superdrug, Amazon, Pharmacies and Health Food Stores.

Rose-hip is not only full of Vitamin C, but it’s also bursting with antioxidants, which are good for reducing inflammation in the body which is often the root cause of joint and arthritic pain. Studies have also shown that Vitamin C may be helpful in managing inflammation in the body.

Hot or cold therapy can help with joint pain as can acupuncture and regular massage. According to the Arthritis Foundation, regular massaging of arthritic joints can help reduce pain and stiffness and improve your range of motion.

Hydrotherapy is one of the oldest types of health treatments today and still occupies a major place in medicine throughout China, Japan and Europe. It is believed to have healing properties. It is particularly effective for reducing muscle pain, improving sleep disorders, increasing your mobility and reducing stiffness. Hydrotherapy UK says the only side effects are with any water-based activity, caution should be exercised to remain safe from drowning. Almost all hydrotherapy is carried out in pools more shallow than the height of the person using it. Hydrotherapy is a type of physical therapy which utilises water to create a therapeutic environment. It is used all around the world and is considered a valuable part of mainstream healthcare.

Another point is to become aware of your body positions. It’s good to avoid being in one position for a long time, or any posture that makes you feel stiff. It can help to avoid activities that need a tight grip or put too much pressure on your fingers. Try using equipment that helps to reduce stress on joints, such as easy-turn taps, a pick-up reacher and raised seats.

Try to maintain a healthy weight, as this helps to reduce stress on weight-bearing joints. It can lessen joint pain, and helps to avoid joint damage.

One activity which can cause significant arthritic pain, especially if the condition affects weight-bearing joints in your hips, knees or ankles, is going up and down the stairs in your home. So, take it easy if you are suffering from pain in your weight-bearing joints.

Turmeric is increasingly being used in formulas for back and arthritic problems. Many people report that turmeric can help, but it’s important to choose a high potency turmeric product. And recent studies have shown that turmeric may also help people with bloating and digestive discomfort.

Tumeric is safe to take long term and Nature’s Best have the High Potency capsules at 10,000 mg. We often see and read about different herbs that can help with pain and arthritis but not all of them come up to scratch. However my twin sister who suffers from severe inflammatory arthritis was in so much pain she felt it was worth a try.

After only 10 days of taking the Nature’s Best High Potency capsules she felt the benefits. Taking a sweater over her head was very painful and uncomfortable and yet she could easily take her sweater off after such a short period of being on Tumeric. She was so impressed that she rang me to tell me to try them.  Although some of my spinal problems are mechanical I do have arthritis in my facet joints.

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PROZAC, NORTRIPTYLINE & TRAMADOL – POPULAR DRUGS USED FOR CHRONIC PAIN…

One of my previous posts was about my new pain team suggesting that I came of all my pain relieving drugs except paracetamol as I have been on them for many years.

The idea was to see a couple of things (a) was my pain a lot worse without them? and (b) how did I feel mentally without the many side effects of the drugs listed above which I was taking.

My GP however suggested I go straight onto Tramadol hydrochloride/Paracetamol which was a mixture of both Tramadol and Paracetamol but the dosage was much lower than my usual Tramadol.

I had a follow up phone call 6 weeks after the meeting with the pain team which was last week. The team also told me to take Turmeric and we’re convinced some of my symptoms were Vitamin D deficiency so also sent me for a blood test and bone scan to check for Osteoporosis.

The blood test showed I was extremely Vitamin D deficient so I was put onto a large dose of it and told to continue taking it but just a normal dose from the chemist after I had finished the strong course. My bone scan was cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus.

So, for the last eight weeks I’ve taken Vitamin D, Turmeric and the Tramadol hydrochloride/Paracetamol which I’ve not had before and tried to get myself off the rest of my medication except for the paracetamol.

I have managed to get myself completely off the pure Tramadol like my GP suggested and I am now only taking 50mg of the Tramadol hydrochloride/Paracetamol which is a massive drop. I have reduced the Prozac to just three times a week but feel happy taking that small dose. I was unable to drop my NORTRIPTYLINE even by 10 mg as the pain in the night was just too severe and kept me awake. I still take up to 8 paracetamol a day for pain.

In conclusion the answer to question (a) my pain was much worse without my nortriptyline and (b) my head and mental state felt 80% more clearer and I hope to come off the 50mg of the Tramadol hydrochloride/Paracetamol soon. All in all I’m pleased the new pain team suggested this review on all my meds as you just take them without thinking when you are in constant pain and I feel so much better in myself without the side effects from the Tramadol.

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TOP 12 VITAMINS AND MINERALS FOR JOINT PAIN AND FIBROMYALGIA…

#BackPainBlog’s top 12 #vitamin and minerals choice for joint pain and #fibromyalgia are :

1.Bromelain

Bromelain is a naturally occurring enzyme from the stem of the pineapple plant. It has anti-inflammatory actions and reduces pain and swelling.

2.Calcium

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body, with 99% found in our bones and teeth. A good calcium intake is vital for growth and for healthy bones and teeth. It can also play a role in nerve contraction and blood clotting.

3.Chondroitin Sulphate

Chondroitin sulphate is a natural substance found in the body which stimulates the formation of cartilage and joint connective tissues. It attracts water into the joints, which acts as a shock absorber as well as a nutrient.

4.Cod Liver Oil

Cod Liver oil is a naturally occurring fish oil that has been used for generations. It is widely taken to help support joints, heart, brain, eyes, and immunity.

5.Devil’s Claw

Devil’s Claw has a natural anti-inflammatory pain-killing action and is taken for back, and joint pain in #fibromyalgia.

6.Ginger Extract

Ginger is one of the oldest medicinal spices and is used as a warming analgesic, with anti-inflammatory properties.

7.Ginkgo biloba

The Ginkgo biloba tree is among the oldest living species, dating back over 270 million years. It has a thinning action on blood to improve circulation to the hands and feet.

8.Green-lipped Mussel

Green-lipped mussels grow in the unique marine conditions found around parts of New Zealand. It helps to reduce inflammation in joints and is mainly used to help reduce symptoms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and #fibromyalgia.

9.Omega 3

Omega 3 fish oils are extracted from the flesh of the oily fish and are widely taken to help maintain healthy joints. They have anti-inflammatory and are helpful for reducing symptoms of arthritis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis.

10.Peppermint Oil 

Peppermint is a very popular herb and contains menthol, which has a calming effect and helps to relax the muscles.

11.Rosehip

Rosehip is a popular traditional tonic which was given to children in winter as a sauce of vitamin C during the Second World War. It has a rich source of anti-inflammatory fatty and volatile oils. This is now being used as an effective treatment for painful joints.

12.St. John’s Wart

St John’s Wart is a traditional herbal medicine used to relieve the symptoms of low mood and anxiety,

Holland and Barratt have a ‘Healthbox‘ to support your joint pain. You have a consultation with them to receive personalised vitamins & supplements with helpful advice to ease your joint pain.

They ask you a few easy questions about your lifestyle, nutrition and goals. They will turn your answers into a set of personalised vitamins and advice and you receive a 28-day supply of vitamins as a one-off or every month when you subscribe.

With their Healthbox you don’t just get vitamins – you also get access to Holland & Barrett’s amazing health advice, all tailored to your specific needs.

Please make sure you visit your GP first before taking any vitamins or supplements. Details on my Health Disclosure is available here.