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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Keep Arthritis Away ~ Try 30 Minutes a Day

Are you living with aching joints?  Back, knees, hips?  You and I may have to live with arthritis, but we don't have to give in to it, right?  I knew you'd agree!  Exercise and medication can help, along with diet, but there is no real cure. 

Arthritis is more than just a pain in the...wherever.  It is a chronic illness.  Dealing with it daily can lead us right to that unwanted destination ~ depression and fatigue, even anxiety.

Here are some tips to help us fight back:


I am hoping there were a few things here that helped you.  Do you have other ways of dealing with your aches and pains?

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9 comments:

  1. I deal with reactive arthritis which is bit different. It doesn't affect the joints but all the tendons, etc. that tie things to the skeletal frame. I have flares that last for months sometimes. One of the old "folk remedies" that helps is organic apple cider vinegar & baking soda-It makes a kind of bad tasting "soft drink"...lol I am also on a long term anti-inflammatory. I wouldn't wish arthritis on my worst enemy. xo Diana

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    1. Diana - Ouch...that sounds very painful! I like the apple cider & baking soda idea. Thanks for adding that to our discussion!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  2. I'm sure I will be as my mother and grandmother suffered from it. I did have it when I had a bout of Lyme disease. Anything that was anti-inflammatory I did. Thanks for the info.

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    1. Lisa - That is nothing to look forward to for sure. And, Lyme Disease is no fun from the sound of things. Maybe some of these tips will help when the time comes.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. Dear Grace: I have arthritis and I have so much to say about dealing with it that I've decided to pick just one topic to focus on and that's Citric Acid. I've noticed over the years that I react to foods containing this additive / flavor enhancer, which seems to be in almost everything with a zingy, citrusy flavor including many drinks, condiments, jellies, jams, dips- and packaged foods in general. As I get older, it's gotten much more noticeable. And I've come to believe, although I can't prove it, that many people probably share me sensitivity. Over the last 50 years our society has been engaged in a massive experiment as we eat all sorts of chemicals related to the taste, preservation and 'feel' so to speak, of food. Now we are paying the piper as we realize that these chemicals are not food and can have serious side effects. I believe that Citric Acid is inflammatory, that it exacerbates the inflammations of arthritis and should be avoided even in small quantities. (Lots more opinions where this one came from). All the best, LOL

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    1. LOL - Your opinions are welcome and it is good to hear what others are dealing with and why. I am sure those with a sensitivity to citric acid and don't know it may recognise themselves here and get it checked out. Thank you!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  4. I like to stretch a lot. Been having trouble with my knee lately, though, which is giving me some concern about martial arts. Going to the doc this week so wish me luck! I'd hate to have to give it up.

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    1. Galen - Oh, I know what you mean about stretching. I can cause my back to scream at me with the wrong stretching move! I hope you won't have to give it up, maybe take a rest break.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  5. Pat, I am fortunate. I have had two knee replacements that were a total success. The pain, prior to the surgeries, was excruicating and ever present. I had a fantastic pioneer in sports medicine for a surgeon. I can now kneel upon my knees and anyone who has had knee replacements can tell you that is a feat.
    So far I have escaped the big "A" in the other joints. My aunt suffered terribly from Rumatoid Athritis. Her feet were so gnarled and painful she could hardly walk. It was so sad.
    xoGinger

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