Living with arthritis

It’s International Arthritis Day, so here are some things you can do to ease the pain.

Living with arthritis

Arthritis is not a single condition. It is, in fact, a group of more than 100 medical conditions that affect one or more joints – where two or more bones meet.

The three most common forms – which collectively affect more than 95 per cent of Australian arthritis sufferers – are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Both rheumatoid arthritis and gout are inflammatory disorders, whereas osteoarthritis is degenerative in nature.

Other forms of arthritis are mostly inflammatory conditions and include:

  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • juvenile arthritis
  • systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)
  • scleroderma.


Arthritis can cause painful and limited movement that invariably affectsthe afflicted person’s quality of life – by interfering with basic daily tasks, such as walking, climbing stairs, driving, cleaning and cooking.

If you have arthritis, there are a number of things you can do to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.Some of these include:

  • control your weight to ease pressure on your joints
  • avoid stress or injury to your joints
  • ensure good posture
  • use physiotherapy and a walking stick or cane to help prevent your condition getting worse
  • ensure that you regularly do weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, to help prevent osteoarthritis
  • eat foods rich in omega-3 fats (e.g. oily fish, fish oil, chia seeds, walnuts), antioxidants (e.g. green tea, colourful fruits and vegetables) and anti-inflammatory properties (e.g. ginger, turmeric)
  • avoid alcohol and minimise red meat, as they can increase inflammation in your body.


You can also use products to help you maintain your independence around the home, such as:

  • key turners and door knob covers
  • specially designed scissors with large handles
  • book holders to avoid strain on the wrists and joints
  • pick-up reachers (a tong-like tool that makes reaching for and grasping objects easier)
  • rubber grips for pens and pencils (so you don’t have to grip as hard)
  • ejector seat chairs, which may help people with limited mobility
  • light, long-handled brooms and dustpans to avoid bending. 


You can also access products that make it easier to get dressed, work in the kitchen or in the garden, or to manage independently in the bathroom.

Find out more about these types of products at myDr, or you can call Arthritis Australia on 1800 011 041.

Read more at YourLifeChoices and Healthdirect Australia.





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    go veg!
    12th Oct 2015
    11:59am
    Eliminating dairy products has also been shown to alleviate arthritis. Worth a try.
    Happy cyclist
    12th Oct 2015
    2:11pm
    Go veg! it does work. I had terribly painful hands for years then gave up all dairy except butter (I also gave up sugar and processed foods). I just can't believe the difference. Not only has almost all the pain gone but my hands have become really strong again and I no longer dread shaking hands! The tiny bit of pain left is because of the bone on bone damage but most of the pain was due to the rampant inflamation which is no longer.
    ROB
    12th Oct 2015
    12:23pm
    Perhaps there are answers hidden out there toward easing pain/movement issues. While we personally help thousands around the world with these Non Transdermal patches there are many others now acknowledging they could be an answer. There will be the knockers of course who have no understanding of this technology, however even William Shatner and Suzanne Somers have positive comments on these patches! This is posted for the people that may need help, to create some consideration and not to simply create a blast against something new. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO59eCU87c0
    Supernan
    12th Oct 2015
    1:16pm
    I've been lucky, my Rheumatoid was treated early & responded well. But recently the drug stopped working. Its taken a while to get it back under reasonable control. But I still have painful & weak hands - like so many others.

    What would really help me cope would be smaller but still efficient efficient appliances. The new dust busters are bigger & heavier, so are decent vaccuums. We spent hours find a small electric jug I can lift - even before its filled. I can barely lift our new toaster to clean under it. Small brooms, small secateurs that actually cut, garden hose sprayers I can turn on, leave fixed on one setting & easily switch settings.

    Even cups/mugs that let me get all my fingers through the handle to spread the load are hard to find. Everything is "bigger & better" ! And misery to small painful hands.

    Rheumatoid & some other Arthritis forms are caused by over active immune systems attacking its own tissues, so best treatments damp down immune system & reduce inflammation. Like Ibuprofen, Plaquenil, Voltaren, Emulgel on the skin.etc

    Some people find some foods trigger more pain. Often thats because they are allergic to that food & their immune system reacts. But that doesn't mean it helps everyone.

    Inflammatory arthritis also requires reduction of stress, not over tiring your self, eating well, staying slim & getting enough sleep. All these help reduce pain & damage. Not doing these things sends your immune system into overdrive & increases inflammation.

    So many products say "Good for Arthrits" but not which kind of arthritis !
    Supernan
    12th Oct 2015
    1:16pm
    I've been lucky, my Rheumatoid was treated early & responded well. But recently the drug stopped working. Its taken a while to get it back under reasonable control. But I still have painful & weak hands - like so many others.

    What would really help me cope would be smaller but still efficient efficient appliances. The new dust busters are bigger & heavier, so are decent vaccuums. We spent hours find a small electric jug I can lift - even before its filled. I can barely lift our new toaster to clean under it. Small brooms, small secateurs that actually cut, garden hose sprayers I can turn on, leave fixed on one setting & easily switch settings.

    Even cups/mugs that let me get all my fingers through the handle to spread the load are hard to find. Everything is "bigger & better" ! And misery to small painful hands.

    Rheumatoid & some other Arthritis forms are caused by over active immune systems attacking its own tissues, so best treatments damp down immune system & reduce inflammation. Like Ibuprofen, Plaquenil, Voltaren, Emulgel on the skin.etc

    Some people find some foods trigger more pain. Often thats because they are allergic to that food & their immune system reacts. But that doesn't mean it helps everyone.

    Inflammatory arthritis also requires reduction of stress, not over tiring your self, eating well, staying slim & getting enough sleep. All these help reduce pain & damage. Not doing these things sends your immune system into overdrive & increases inflammation.

    So many products say "Good for Arthrits" but not which kind of arthritis !
    JoMojo
    12th Oct 2015
    4:34pm
    Please do your research on Medical Marijuana/Cannabis. My cousin went Mexico after retiring. Grows Marijuana legally - she juices the whole plant eats/drinks in a smoothie. Within 12 days she noticed a difference and started taking away all the drugs for Rheumatoid. Within 3 months is almost Rheumatoid free as it has stopped the inflammation. Works on all disease where inflammation is causation. Cost to buy it in USA $6,000. While I sit here dying from Rheumatoid in a wheelchair. A new biologic drug for me if I can take it will cost taxpayers $48,000. Crazy to be left behind in this healing herb.
    ROB
    12th Oct 2015
    5:18pm
    Well said JoMojo. As an alternative to Medical Marijuana/Cannabis we use Non Transdermal patches to produce similar results with No Drugs, Chemicals or Herbs into the body and NO harmful side effects working within minutes to ease most pain. The patches are approved by medical authorities, are available in 100+ countries including Australia and cost a small fraction of the US$6000 you mention. These same patches are used in hospitals in France for pain relief. We can only hope that someday more people in Australia find out the benefits of the patches. Many already do. Even WILLIAM SHATNER, who is presenting in Adelaide tomorrow night, has done a presentation of the Lifewave patches on his “Moving America Forward” show.
    janiem
    12th Oct 2015
    10:55pm
    Arthritis is very, very simple to overcome.......simple but sometimes not super easy depending upon how long you have been suffering from it.
    The key is to get on top of the inflammatory process through lifting the immune system, addressing the gut flora balance and getting all the chemicals out of the house.
    We have had many , many great results with people doing these simple and easy steps.
    We have some of the most extraordinary products that produce top results and I am more than happy to share those with anyone who is experiencing terrible pain and inflammation from this insidious health challenge.
    Looking forward to helping you get well again and do the things you can only dream of now.
    JoMojo
    13th Oct 2015
    8:23am
    Rob I will try Lifewave patches...how many in a pack how long do they last. We should like some European countries have more alternate medications on our pbs. It asks for the ID or URL of distributor can you give it to me. I did try Norspan/opiate patches but the side effects were too much. I have tried all sorts of things as others suggest to not much avail. I have to disagree with janiem that arthritis is simple to address/cure ! One product I found helpful was Brauer Arnica Eze Joints in a tube.

    No one on the planet as yet knows how the immune system works.... My Rheumatoid is hereditary (born with it). I get some relief with SAMe methionine, I did get bit relief with Turmeric but got a nasty hot red + white rash various spots over body had to stop, many with lowered immune systems allergic to turmeric. Probiotics good but not the complete answer.

    Rheumatoid is much more than Osteo Arthritis we now refer to it as Rheumatoid Auto Immune Disease (not arthritis).

    Medical Marijuana/Cannabis has had huge positive impacts on auto immune disease/inflammation (Cancer/MS) overseas as it actually halts the inflammation not just the pain of it. MMj has all the Omega's 3/6/9 oils which take the heat off inflammation, and our bodies have Cannabinoid receptors. Rheumatologists in Colorado now writing scripts for MMj on medical card. We have around 750,000 Aussies suffering unnecessarily from Rheumatoid and around 5 million+ from auto immune disease we must keep up the fight to have MMj which has given much healing since before Christ. (Kaneh Bosm)
    ROB
    13th Oct 2015
    1:42pm
    JoMojo, the packs contain 30 patches in each. There are currently 7 different patches for various conditions. The ones most likely to interest you are the Ice Wave for pain, the Aeon for inflammation and the Glutathione for boosting the immune system. The Glutathione patch is also a Master Antioxidant and appears to be showing far better results than ingested or even medically induced IV Glutathione. All the patches have extensive clinical research, double blind placebo controlled studies confirmed with various devices and do have reports in PubMed journals. To understand the patches under pain conditions – they do NOT mask the pain but in communicating with the body and clearing blocked pathways they allow the pain to ease near instantly in many cases. Because this is the body easing the problem the body is also able to repair. While we were at a meeting with David Schmidt in the US last year he explained that the medical fraternity has a drive to improve healing globally by 20%. This same fraternity has also found, much to their amazement, that the patches are already improving healing by 80%. Now we are all different and all react to the patches in various ways. While near 100% of people have a positive result there are a few that do not appear to respond at first. This can be from dehydration (the body needs to be well hydrated to assist the working of the patches), the patches may be placed on the wrong position or the person is lacking in particular substance such as magnesium. We personally assist all users worldwide to overcome any issues with the patches toward gaining a satisfactory result with no charge for our services. One huge benefit with the patches is that there are NO drugs, chemicals or substances being induced or ingested into the body. Therefore there are NO harmful side effects. Because many people are in situations where the purchase of the packets can prove out of reach initially we do post individual patches anywhere in the world. The cost for individual patches is a little more than the patch cost in the packets but does give the individual an opportunity to try this new technology with minimal cost and give them the chance to quickly experience the likely positive effect of the patches. Some pain conditions are eased seemingly permanently with the first application of the patches. Other conditions can take longer, needing extra patches over time while the body repairs but generally with a far eased condition over this time. We provide easy to follow directions for all the patches. Our ID number is 610148. You can contact us through this and we can provide more information on request. Regards Rob


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