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Re: Supplement Advice for Treating Arthritis

I take standardized turmeric, 500mg three times daily. I've been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease with lots of joint inflammation and pain. The turmeric has helped me considerably.

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Re: Supplement Advice for Treating Arthritis

Read reviews on DMSO Good pain reliever.  We swear by it.

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Re: Supplement Advice for Treating Arthritis


@sidsmom wrote:

Don't personally have arthritis, but know of countless people

who have overcome the pain & debilitation of arthristis

by just altering their food...i.e. Changing the diet.

 

Low Fat (no added oils), whole foods (no prepackaged foods),

plant-based diet (no animal products, dairy, eggs).

Naturally reduce the inflammation.


You are so right, I have R.A. it was really bad, did many drugs and trial drugs for a while. I have been experimenting with my diet. I have been a vegetarian for over 40 years but ate dairy and sweets.  I I stopped dairy and sweets and am only on aleve when needed. I feel really good ! I do cheat occasionally,  but not often. No flare-ups. I lost 10 # and fit in my old clothes again. It is hard sometimes,  but after the first 2 weeks it gets easier. Lots of salads, pasta, baked potatoes, even french fries. I read all labels, and look for products with few ingredients. I snack on air popcorn, strawberries, oranges. I have so much more energy and walk much more.

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Re: Supplement Advice for Treating Arthritis

I gave tumeric and collegen a good trial - neither worked. What worked the best was moving away from cold mountainous Pittsburgh to Florida sunshine.

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I'm a realist.  There is place for supplements but not when it comes to arthritis.  I have OA with significant knee pain and there are no herbal cures for it.  I take Ibuprofen 800mg when the pain is very bad, there are risks to that so I only take it on an as needed basis.  I take Neurontin for back pain, however when my knee pain is bad, I'll take one to help me sleep through the night.  My pain specialist recommened that.  I'm good at compartmentalizing the pain during the day.  I work and my work is very challenging, when I'm working, I can't put the pain aside.  I can also put the pain aside if I am reading something that is "deep" and interests me.  I'm sure there is knee replacement in my future, perhaps in a couple of years.

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I've discussed this with three doctors .... what was recommended was Tylenol for pain, and be sure to get enough exercise.  When I was having an acute problem --- I was given prescription NSAID, and one instance a cortisone shot.  And - physical therapist gave me an exercise routine.

 

I soak in a bath with epsom salts every morning (when pain/stiffness is at its worst) ... it helps and gets me ready for the day. 

 

I have friends and relatives who have tried all sorts of supplements and home remedies and they are no better off than I am, just taking Tylenol and hot baths, and getting the exercise I need.

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@ALRATIBA wrote:

I've discussed this with three doctors .... what was recommended was Tylenol for pain, and be sure to get enough exercise.  When I was having an acute problem --- I was given prescription NSAID, and one instance a cortisone shot.  And - physical therapist gave me an exercise routine.

 

I soak in a bath with epsom salts every morning (when pain/stiffness is at its worst) ... it helps and gets me ready for the day. 

 

I have friends and relatives who have tried all sorts of supplements and home remedies and they are no better off than I am, just taking Tylenol and hot baths, and getting the exercise I need.


I tend to agree

there is a forum member who recommends plant based diets for everthing, and they have a place,

but I am not convinced it's going to help.

cortisone shot yes, keep the joint moving yes

 

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Try taking  Tart Cherry  capsules. I take three a day and it makes a world of difference for the stiffness and inflammation. I'm using Cherry Bay Orchards brand that use Michigan Montmorency cherries.  It also helped me to sleep better. 

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@dogsx3 wrote:

@sidsmom wrote:

Don't personally have arthritis, but know of countless people

who have overcome the pain & debilitation of arthristis

by just altering their food...i.e. Changing the diet.

 

Low Fat (no added oils), whole foods (no prepackaged foods),

plant-based diet (no animal products, dairy, eggs).

Naturally reduce the inflammation.


You are so right, I have R.A. it was really bad, did many drugs and trial drugs for a while. I have been experimenting with my diet. I have been a vegetarian for over 40 years but ate dairy and sweets.  I I stopped dairy and sweets and am only on aleve when needed. I feel really good ! I do cheat occasionally,  but not often. No flare-ups. I lost 10 # and fit in my old clothes again. It is hard sometimes,  but after the first 2 weeks it gets easier. Lots of salads, pasta, baked potatoes, even french fries. I read all labels, and look for products with few ingredients. I snack on air popcorn, strawberries, oranges. I have so much more energy and walk much more.


I love this site below for information.

Foods high in potassium will alleviate the inflammation...taters & greens, my favorite!  

 

I practice what I preach...after eating 2lb of hash browns for lunch (no oil, crispy in my George Foreman), I'm snacking on baby greens & Halos!  So easy...and no inflammation.

 

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Re: Supplement Advice for Treating Arthritis

Before you spend a bunch of money on creams, ointment, and supplements, your first step should be to see a rheumatologist.  He can evaluate your condition and advise you on the best course of treatment. 

 

I have pretty severe osteoarthritis and have tried most products mentioned and a few more.  I've found that the only thing that helps me get through the day is my prescribed NSAID.  Dietary changes have not helped except for the elimination of sugar.  Topical treatments just give very temporary relief. 

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