Arthritis news roundup

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Hi everyone, I hope you are all well and battling hard. 

We wanted to create a new section on the website that talks about things that are going on in the world in regard to arthritis.

Like a little news bulletin so people can read about any advances in treatment or any additional support for sufferers.

Rheumatoid arthritis

First off I just want to say that I don’t ‘keep up with the Kardashians’, I don’t watch much television and Keeping Up With The Kardashians isn’t on my watch list.

That being said I have of course seen articles reporting that Kim Kardashian has had blood tests that have shown antibodies related to lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Apparently Kim has had some symptoms such as fatigue and swollen hands and regarding the symptoms she is reported as saying:

“It’s so scary. So I have to go to the doctor and see what’s going on because I can’t live like this.”

Hopefully there is another explanation for her symptoms as rheumatoid arthritis sufferers can attest to it’s not something that would be wished on anybody.

I wonder how many times a month, a week even a day arthritis sufferers have thought to themselves, I can’t live like this.

Arthritis is scary and as I have said before it is unbiased, impartial, it doesn’t discriminate. Arthritis doesn’t care what race you are, what religion you are, what gender you are and whether you are a celebrity or not.

two man wearing yellow and grey suit jacket standing close together

bDMARD’s

Biologic Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs, these are regularly administered to rheumatoid arthritis sufferers as well as osteoarthritis sufferers and people with muscle and bone disease.

The story about these drugs is that a recent study conducted by CreakyJoints revealed that over 70 percent of patients taking them are dissatisfied with their effects.

Patients surveyed reported that despite taking the medication they still experienced things such as fatigue, pain and physical limitations.

Our take:

It is an alarmingly high percentage that are unhappy and still suffering. 

I know that a lot of patients often say they are working with their doctor to find the right medication or combination of tablets, but I do still hope that people will try natural alternatives first and a combination of natural products.

I have severe osteoarthritis and I manage mine with natural products, yes I do other things as well that I believe help but the point is I don’t need any medication.

I’m not surprised that people are experiencing nasty side effects from medication but it does surprise me that the drugs aren’t even helping the pain for over 70 percent of patients.

woman lying on bed

Helping to ease the pain is obviously the reason for taking them and if they aren’t doing that then the side effects aren’t worth it at all.

Of course the study is of patients who have been using the medication for a while and maybe they had an effect initially but have become less potent over time, so maybe the patients need to have a discussion with their doctor again.

Our take is of course that we want all arthritis sufferers to try natural alternatives, we have found success by doing it and believe others can too.

Whilst on this subject of natural alternatives consider this piece of news as well. 

A Miss Ireland finalist hides an invisible illness. 

Niamh Coughlan was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of just 13. She injected Methotrexate and when this didn’t help and her arthritis spread from her hands to her jaw she tried other medications from her doctor.

More side effects were experienced by Niamh until she turned 18 and she made the decision to come off all medication and use natural alternatives (against her doctors advice).

Although she is still no stranger to a flare-up in the winter months her quote below should inspire many readers.

“I am currently medication-free and my symptoms have thankfully eased I understand both the personal and social struggles with coping with the disease but there are ways for everyone to become comfortable and confident in how they deal with their conditions. It just takes time!”

fortune cookie

Our take:

A very inspiring young lady. I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like to find out at the age of 13 that you have arthritis although I know many of our readers have experienced it.

The disease is devastating enough but when it happens to a teenager or a child it seems more than devastating, it seems cruel as well.

I applaud her resilience and her fight to regain control of her life. It really isn’t easy as we all know but you have to do what Niamh has done and that’s take some responsibility.

Be responsible for educating yourself, for doing your own research and experimentation and for the choices you make. 

man standing in the middle of woods

Especially for those people who are taking prescription medication and are experiencing a lot of side effects and not enough relief. Consider the other options you have just as this brave young girl did.

wikiHow hip arthritis

wikiHow has published an article with information relating to how to treat rheumatoid arthritis in the hips. There are useful suggestions in the article and we will take a look at what is mentioned.

Yoga and pilates.

We have mentioned yoga before on our website and no doubt we will again in the future. It is a good shout in my opinion yoga can not only help you stretch your body and help increase flexibility but it can also help reduce stress in the body.

Being in a stressful state is something we have mentioned before and spoken about the ill effects of being stressed whilst also recognising that chronic pain can be stressful.

So with that in mind things like yoga and pilates seem like a good treatment method to me, you can take classes in them or surely in this day and age there is an app you can use at home to get yourself familiar with the disciplines.

people exercising

Why not give it a go, download an app put your comfy pants on and get posing!

Diet

Shock horror!

Let’s not get carried away with this one, anyone who has read any of our articles will know how highly we rank diet in the fight against arthritis.

I am pretty sure it is one of the major factors keeping me pain-free at the minute and also a reason why I am back in the gym strengthening my body and improving my health further.

wikiHow mentions tips likes eating oily fish, more fruit and vegetables, more healthy fats such as avocados and utilising pain-relieving spices such as turmeric and cayenne pepper.

We have been there and discussed that so we will move on.

Medication

This is the last tip and I would have it at the end as well because I believe it should be a last resort and people get shitty when I say that!

When people like me give our opinion on doctors and pharmaceuticals the people taking them attempt to shout us down and tell us we know nothing, we shouldn’t be questioning doctors, we should trust the science.

How is that working out for you?

And for the record for those that have tried everything else and have been left with no alternative but to take the medication I can understand that, if it is the only thing that helps.

But people like them aren’t the ones that are shouting back, they don’t need to because they know in themselves that they have tried everything and medication is their last resort.

man wearing white and black crew-neck t-shirt shouting in phone

The ones that are shouting back are the ones who know that they haven’t tried. They shout back because they don’t like others telling them they should be more pro-active and try to heal themselves rather than waiting for a doctor to do it.

I take vitamins and supplement that help manage my pain incredibly well, better than any pharmaceutical! So what am I for going against science and it’s products?

An idiot? An eco-warrior? A hippy? A conspiracy theorist? A troublemaker?

Those are just some of the names that people like me get branded with because I choose to disregard conventional medicine and seek my own methods for healing.

A lot of doctors have actually shifted over to a career that now sees them as a doctor of natural medicine where they study and learn the benefits of different plants, herbs, spices, vitamins, supplements and they recommend them.

Of course the ones shouting will call what they do mumbo jumbo and even refer to them as no better than faith healers.

Well my answer to that is, if you can take pharmaceutical medication that is tested by scientists but the research is financially backed by the pharmaceutical companies and believe it will ultimately help you, then you my friend have more faith than I do.

The recent explosion of cannabis, particularly in my country England where it had shown itself to be effective at treating children with epilepsy, was met with cries for it to be offered on prescription by doctors.

That was delayed because it was said the doctors didn’t know enough about the plant, benefits, side effects, dosing, possible interactions with other chemicals.

Why don’t they know? Because the information wasn’t there, the research wasn’t done.

Why? Because not enough scientific research is done on the possible benefits of plants.

Why? Because the pharmaceutical companies are not going to financially back experiments on natural products that they cannot patent. It isn’t going to be a mish mash of chemicals it is a plant, a cannabis plant.

person holding fan of U.S. dollars banknote

The point

My point and opinion is that medication should be a last resort and you should be taking responsibility for your own health. 

I’m not saying it’s a 100% possible to live without medication a 100% of the time, I’m only saying that we should be actively attempting to do that.

This website is intended to help share natural ideas, techniques, products that can help us do that. 

If you are a shouter who is taking medication, who hasn’t attempted to try other alternatives then this website isn’t for you and I would be amazed if you have made it this far. 

The fact is there are people managing their diseases without medication, me, Niamh and many more.

Keep fighting 

Andy

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Arthritis news roundup”

  1. Thank you for this post.  It amazes me that treatments that don’t work on so many are the go-to options for doctors these days.  You’d think they’d push other options with better results.

    I agree that natural is preferred when possible but sometimes meds have to be used.

    I can’t imagine having arthritis at 13.  I don’t even know what to say.

    I’m watching with great interest when it comes to cannabis and CBD oil products.  I hope to see great strides in this market.

    Thanks again,

    Scott

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    • Hi Scott, thank you for reading and commenting.

      I agree that at some points medication may be needed it is the blind faith in them when there are perfectly good natural alternatives that baffle me.

      Yes, I agree it’s shocking but Niamh is certainly a very brave young lady, an inspiration for all of us.

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  2. Wow Andy, this section that you have created is a very good idea. I like how you have discussed  the issue around arthritis. Whou would’ve thought that wiki how had an article on the discourse. It’s really cool. This are some very good tips on how to deal with hip arteritis. Thank you for always educating me because with this information, I am also able to fight. Thanks!

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