Even though I am not a doctor, I am interested in conditions that cause peopIe pain and inability to live their lives fully. I have seen people suffering from arthritis and it makes me sad. When someone has a debilitating disease, his or her life style is diminished. I think that it is good for people who have these problems to talk together. They need to share what they know and maybe that can help others. They can share what things work for them and things their doctor has told them that might help someone else. Please feel free to share your stories at the bottom of this page. As we get older, we all have some physical problems eventually. It helps to be aware and informed.
There are many types of arthritis, but the ones we hear the most about are osteoarthritis. and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is basically a disease that older people get as their joints begin to "wear out" Rheumatoid arthritis can cripple and deform joints of your hands and other joints and cartilage in your body.
Rheumatoid arthritis can strike people of any age--and does. I have a friend with two children who are 11 and 13. Both of the children have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
My daughter has had rheumatoid arthritis for many years. She is in her early fifties. Sometimes her pain is so bad that she cannot even walk. She has to go to the hospital once a month and have an infusion of medicine so that she can function on a daily basis. Modern medicine has helped to control the pain and deformities, but there is no cure.
My daughter manages her pain well, and tries to eat fresh healthy food so as to minimize the deterioration of her body. She knows her limits and walks when she is having less pain. When the pain is worse, she uses a wheelchair. She exercises her joints whenever she can by using low impact exercise equipment.
The most important thing to do if you develop arthritis symptoms is to find a reputable rheumatologist and make an appointment. You can get help with the suffering this disease brings.
I read a book that suggested that gardening was a good way to get the exercise that is necessary to keep your bones strong. The author said that pulling weeds or using gardening tools was good weight bearing exercise. Pushing a mower is good for your body ("Eat to Beat..." by Editors of FC&A Medical Publishing).
Exercise is healthy, but if every step you take brings you pain, it seems easier to not exercise. The main reason to exercise is to keep your joints as flexible as possible and to keep them lubricated.
swimming is a way to exercise without putting too much stress on your joints. kicking your legs while in a floating device or using a noodle is something almost anyone can do. You can hold onto the edge of the pool and exercise or swim.
If you want to work on your arms, you can use bottles of water as weights while in the pool.
Eat (These are some of the vitamins and foods that seem to help with inflammation and keeping bones strong and healthy.
To read about a study done on arthritis patients using acupuncture see:
As we age, we tend to get age related health problems such as osteoarthritis. Last week I was walking and looking ahead instead of down. I stepped off a curb without expecting it and fell splat into the gutter (the wet gutter). I didn't break any bones, but I jammed my thumb and skinned my knees (first time in many years for a skinned knee). I have mild arthritis, but if the arthritis had been worse, I would have probably had broken bones.
Broken hips and other broken bones are common in older people. Millions of older adults have osteoarthritis, but it is most common in postmenopausal women. Young men generally have stronger, thicker bones than women, but as they age, they can also get this disease. It appears that after age 70, men also are at risk for hip fractures.
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