OMEGA-3 FISH OIL SHOWS IT CAN PREVENT OR SLOW OSTEOARTHRITIS…

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New research according the Arthritis Today has shown that Omega-3 fish oil could ‘substantially and significantly’reduce signs symptoms and the progression of osteoarthritis’.

According to the study which was published in the journal ‘Osteoarthritis and Cartilage’, omega-3 rich diets which were fed to guinea pigs, (which naturally develop osteoarthritis) reduced disease by 50 per cent compared to a standard diet.

The research is a major step forward in showing that omega-3 fatty acids – either sourced from fish oil or flax oil – may help to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis, or even prevent it occurring, confirming anecdotal reports and ‘old wives tales’ about the benefits of fish oil for joint health.

However, someone with a good diet might not need to take extra supplements as the actual amount of supplementation depends on the quality of their diet.

WALK YOUR WAY TO STRONGER BONES…

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One in two UK women over 50 will fracture a bone, mainly as a result of osteoporisis, but this bone loss condition also effects younger people.

Make your bones as strong as possible by doing weight bearing exercises like jogging and walking and resistance exercises like weight training.

Eat bone friendly foods like milk, cheese, fruit, vegetables and oil fish, and expose your skin to 15 minutes of sun daily to boost your Vitamin D levels.

Scientists have finally found out that fish oil can ease the pain from osteoarthritis after a 2 year study. It showed that even if you took a really low dose of fish oil, if can reduce the pain and inflammation caused by osteoporosis.

They say even jumping off the bottom step of your stairs can be beneficial.

DAY 14 OF POST-OP FOR FOOT SURGERY FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS…

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I cannot quite believe it’s already day 14 since my foot surgery. It has absolutely flown by. I’ve been looked after like a Queen by my fantastic other half and have managed to keep myself busy.

Apart from my writing, I’ve read a couple of excellent books (James Patterson and Tess Gerritsan) and I am now reading Torey Hayden’s latest novel.

I’ve knitted Bess a winter coat and knitted a cushion for my bed. With what’s left of my massive 500g ball I am going to knit a couple of ‘special’ scarves trimmed in jewels as Christmas presents.

In the two weeks I can honestly say that there has only been a couple of ‘dull’ days, with the rest being sunny which makes sitting in the conservatory even nicer.

Yesterday I managed the stairs with one crutch instead of going up and down on my bum, and I am managing to walk around mostly using one crutch.

Tomorrow I have my stitches out and really hope I can be given the OK to use my stick or just one crutch and to be able to go out. I’ve not been out for the fortnight as you need to keep the wound so dry and clean but can’t wait to get some fresh air tomorrow.

The pain is minimal with my pain killers down by half. My back was not at all happy at the start of the recovery but with the correct lumber support cushions and a few days on anti-inflammatory’s, even that has settled down nicely.

I’m going to have a play at my card making this afternoon which is another hobby of mine and will post some pictures of them when they are finished.

I am pleased as punch about how things are progressing at the moment and think I can look forward to being able to enjoy some Christmas shopping in the shops rather than online.

Thanks again blog friends for all your lovely thoughts and comments over the last few months.

ARHTRITIS CARE FREE CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION…

This free writing competition is for people who suffer from any type of arthritis. They want you to write a story or a poem of no more than 750 words.

The theme is ‘If I were an Olympian’. Stories should focus on your experience of arthritis and what being mobile means to you.

Closing date date is 29/7/11 and the prize is £500 Open University Voucher for any distance learning courses. The winning entry will appear in Arthritis News, in addition the winner, plus the runner-up, will be published on the website, http://www.arthritiscare.org.uk – click on get involved, online community then Creative Writing Competition 2011.

Good Luck

TIPS TO HELP YOU COPE WITH THE SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA…

If at all possible try to de-stress as apparently stress may trigger Fibromyalgia Symptoms. Some of the best de-stress treatments you could try are yoga, exercise, sleep and meditation.

‘Fibro Fog’ is a common ailment of Fibromyalgia so rather than getting frustrated that your short term memory has let you down, try and get into the habit of jotting things down on paper on a daily basis,

Exercise, as in low intensity exercise like walking, or warm water exercise are great for helping the pain of Fibromyalgia. This type of exercise can decrease pain and stiffness.

Have a long soak in a warm bath or hot tub as this has been proven to relax tense muscles which will then reduce pain.

Try to use decaf as caffeine can increase anxiety and insomnia, so watch your intake of chocolate, coffee, teas and some soft drinks.

Also try and make some ‘me time’ for yourself every day as part of your treatment.

Make your work life balance work for you. If work is leaving you exhausted and in pain then design a flexible plan that works better for you and your boss. Maybe try some products like a telephone headset, or key board tray.

Talk about your Fibromyalgia with your family and those around you. Let them know what can trigger it or make it worse. Never be afraid to ask for help from either your friends, family or other Fibro sufferers or a counsellor.

Many people call Fibro the ‘invisible illness’, as you can look find be feel awful. So, when arranging your social life be prepared to say ‘no’ to something if you know it will be too much for you.

Try and keep a journal so that you can see what can trigger off an attack, then yo can do something about it.

Join a support group, be it in person or online, they offer a place to talk to others who share your problems.