Hello again everyone, I hope you are all well and battling hard!
It’s been a while since my last post which is in part due to a cheeky little holiday to Greece. It was fantastic, great weather, great food and so I did quite a bit of overindulging shall we say.
Since being home it has been about getting back to the old routine, work, gym and of course now back to talking with you awesome people!
Today we are going to talk about how to treat osteoarthritis without non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs as they are known.
The reason most of you will come across this site and support the articles we post on social media is that, like me, you are tired of nasty side effects to medication and you want to find something that controls the pain without you feeling like a zombie.
I do a lot of research and experiment with a lot of different vitamins and supplements, in essence, I am the lab rat. I don’t mind because these are natural products I try so there are never any terrifying side effects to experience.
Since my diagnosis back in 2013, I have tried a lot of supplements and vitamins.
As time has passed many have been and gone or been replaced by a slightly better one.
I have tried various diets over these years including calorie counting, vegetarian, vegan and now have settled on a Keto diet which seems to suit me well, it’s easy to follow and reduces pain.
If you were to read through all my blog posts from the beginning (obviously I don’t expect you to do this) you will see the various things I have tried at different stages of my recovery.
You would see how my mindset has had to keep changing, as one idea didn’t work or stopped working I had to be open to new ideas.
To find what works for you is to keep trying and trying until you can settle on something or a combination of things that you feel confident are helping your pain and making you healthier.
I would suggest that it will more likely be a combination of things.
I have told you in recent posts about what’s in my vitamin cupboard and what tablets I take daily, but this is only one section of the recovery.
I have mentioned about different diets I have tried, it is key to keep in mind here that the diets weren’t centred around losing weight.
The reason behind every diet I have tried was to be healthier, make healthier choices and live a healthier life, losing weight will always come as a by-product if you live this way.
I have written posts before that suggest exercises that can be done for those with arthritis. I have also spoken about recently joining the gym again, the first time since my accident and what a victory and progression that feels like.
I spoke to you before about the damage of stress and the incredible benefits meditation can have in your recovery.
So what am I getting at?
My point is that it isn’t likely that just doing one thing is going to help you control and relieve the pain you need to be actively addressing all areas of your life.
It is a balancing act and the trick is finding the right balance.
The fact that you are looking for articles about how to treat osteoarthritis without NSAIDs means that you are taking proactive steps and that is a great step.
I have known people take things like Tramadol every day for years and years, they sleep most of the time and get to the point where they can’t be without them.
They are clearly addicted to them to the point when the doctors suggest taking them off them they freak out and ask what they will get instead.
I take no pharmaceuticals, if I have pain and stiffness in the morning I apply topical cream, take my vitamins and go on my exercise bike.
If I have pain and swelling at the end of the day I apply topical cream, take my vitamins and elevate the ankle.
Something I have started using on the recommendation of my chiropractor/physiotherapist is a foam roller.
A foam roller is a lightweight tube of compressed foam, it’s used for improving flexibility as well as alleviating sore or tight muscles.
I have been using it for about a month and have already seen an improvement in flexibility. I do find it very effective for releasing tight muscles as well.
They are fairly inexpensive to buy, I got mine for around £10 from Argos.
You can find the exercises on YouTube or from your own physiotherapist if you have one. Please ensure you do follow exercises correctly and don’t create your own otherwise you could injure yourself!
The video below can give you a good idea of how it’s used.
Words of warning
It is uncomfortable.
There’s no doubting it, especially at the tightest spots it can feel like you are being tortured but the sense of relaxation and flexibility afterwards is gargantuan, I have been dying to get that word into a post.
As with most exercise, build yourself up slowly till you are familiar with the sensation.
I hope this helps all of you.
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As always you can leave us a comment and we will get back to you.