Arthritis is a chronic disease that is hard to get rid of once it affects us. It is common among old adults but it affects any age. Hundreds of folk remedies have grown up just to battle this bothering ailment. There are even more hundreds of unproven, expensive and outright quack treatments offered to sufferers and, yet, the bothering disease is so prevalent.
There are different forms of arthritis. The most common is Osteoarthritis which is mostly affecting the older generation. The most common symptom is characterized by pain and stiffness, which tend to decrease as the joint is warmed up with activity.
Another form of arthritis is Gouty arthritis which is known as the rich men’s disease because it is associated with the lifestyle of the rich: too many rich foods and too little exercise. It is characterized by swollen big toe commonly due to unhealthy diet rich in purines (largely from the breakdown of animal protein) and lack of exercise.
Another dreaded form is Rheumatoid arthritis. It is an autoimmune disease related to other diseases such as asthma, hay fever, eczema, and other diseases that have an allergic component. It is recurring and is characterized by inflammation of the joints with redness, swelling, pain, and fever, rather than from injury or wear and tear.
Having affected with this kind of disease is downright disturbing as it interferes with our daily activities. Despite the inconveniences these different forms of arthritis bring, we can still do something to battle the symptoms in our own ways. Here are some suggested principles that are, in most cases, effective to help prevent the occurrence or alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.
1. Normalize you weight.
Every extra pound increases the wear and tear of the main weight-bearing joints – the hips, knees and spine.
2. Simplify your diet.
Diets very low in fat and high in fiber have shown to improve circulation too the joints. In time, this kind of diet may help open up some of the narrowed arteries. Avoid meat and do not eat internal organs such as liver (adobong atay), brain (bopis), bone marrow (bulalo), internal organs of both meat, chicken, and fish because they are super high in purine. Eliminate all dairy products for three weeks and evaluate your response.
3. Exercise daily to keep muscles strong.
Weakened muscles do not adequately protect the joints. When joints are painful, swimming and water aerobics are ideal.
4. Use affected joints only within the limits of their blood supply.
Resting during acute episodes, then quickly returning to activity, is very important in preventing chronic disability.
5. Use medications with caution.
Analgesics, muscle relaxants, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may help, especially in the acute phase. Steroid therapy can produce dramatic improvement, but in the long run it usually does more harm than good.
6. If joint destruction is advanced, the joint may need to be fused or replaced with an artificial joint.
Surgical procedures are available to correct deformities and to repair injuries.
Arthritis can be deadly but it is a disease with hundreds of cures. How much information we may receive, it is still in us how we can fight this dreadful illness. Choose to improve your life. Follow principles that will surely make you live a better life.