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Treat osteoarthritis without NSAIDs

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As time has passed many have been and gone or been replaced by a slightly better one.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.

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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.

Multiple tools

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.

I also mentioned subjects like how to move a build-up of scar tissue, breathing, laughing and fresh air.

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.

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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.

Keep rolling

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.

For those of you who are new to the website clink on some of the words above so you can see what we have already spoken about regarding ways to treat osteoarthritis without NSAIDs.

As always you can leave us a comment and we will get back to you.

Speak soon

Andy

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Andy

I am diagnosed with severe arthritis in my ankle after an accident in 2013. I am managing to do more and more each year and currently take no pharmaceutical medication. I want to share with you things that have worked for me and hope that this becomes a place where people share their knowledge to help their fellow man/woman :)

6 Comments

  1. Andy,
    Hey thanks for this useful article! I have a loved one, that suffers from osteoarthritis, he is fed up of the drugs he is taking. Had no idea, that NSAIDs even existed.
    Should I encourage him to take them? Also, it is preferable that he buys a foam roller first?

    • Hi Stefano I think you have misunderstood some of the points in the post.

      NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are what we are trying to avoid taking.

      These are the things that doctors usually prescribe.

      The foam roller is just a tip to help with tight and achy joints.

      Hope that helps clear things up 👍🏻

      Thanks for reading and commenting 😁

  2. Hi Andy,
    I really like the approach you’ve taken. While I am not diagnosed with arthritis, I have had multiple knee surgeries due to years of wrestling and lifting which has taken it’s toll. I used to suffer with a lot of pain and stiffness with it and have all but eliminated most of it with things like yoga, supplements and diet. Like you, I found the keto diet and my joints have never felt better. It really is miraculous what a difference it’s made from me. I have no idea why, but it’s helped me out so much. Great to see someone else that has found similar results. Thanks for the great read! I am going to pass it along to a few relatives that deal with arthritis.

    • Hi Dan great to hear from you!

      I am really pleased you have found success with these methods. I agree it is great when you see people going down the natural route and making it work for them.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Hi Andy, thanks for such a helpful post for treating osteoarthritis, I think this will be very helpful for many people out there. I’m glad to have a read! I agree that we should take as less pharmaceuticals as possible, unless the situation is very severe. Some drugs maybe highly addictive and get serious side effects. Conversely, taking healthier diets, exercising correctly and more will be much helpful to cure the osteoarthritis. Though it will not have instant effect, but it is quite beneficial in the long run. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Shaun thank you for your kind words I am glad you enjoyed the article and believe it can be useful!

      Thanks for reading and commenting 😁

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