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Natural Remedies for Arthritic Pain. 

 March 27, 2021

By  Linda Rook

Home Remedy for Arthritis

Introduction.

There are over 100 different types of arthritis that affect your immune system and various joints, such as the hands, knees, hips, and toes, but can be in any joint.

The word ‘ARTHRITIS’ is a term that covers a range of symptoms that causes stiffness, pain and swelling.

Everyone thinks that arthritis develops in the elderly but unfortunately, children and teenagers can have the disease.

Most of the arthritis symptoms are incurable meaning that you can only help the symptom, not the disease.  If you suffer from the pains and inflammation that arthritis brings, there are some natural tips can help you through the day.

Part One.

Arthritis.

When you develop arthritis you live with pain and inflammation everyday 24/7.  Arthritis is a deteriorative condition meaning that the symptoms worsen over time.  

There are two main types of arthritis Osteoarthritis which is wear and tear of the cartilage that breaks down that eventually causing your bones to rub together which leads to friction, damage, and inflammation of the joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis however is a systemic condition which causes symptoms throughout the body.  The symptoms are the same as osteoarthritis but also affects the immune system were it attacks your healthy tissues in your organs such as your lungs, skin or kidneys.  

The immune system protect you from infections and foreign bodies. But when you develop RA your immune system mistakes some parts as an infection and starts attacking.  It works as the foreign body or infection, releases proteins or autoantibodies that attacks the healthy cells.

The autoimmune disease includes Crohn’s disease that attacks your intestines, or diabetes that attacks the pancreas, and many more.

Osteoarthritis of the knee.

Part Two.

The Joints.

Joints are all over your body where two bones meet, and where you bend and move. Such as your knees, hips, fingers, toes, elbows etc...

There is a cartilage that protects and covers the ends of the two bones, which helps to move smoothly.  But when you develop arthritis the cartilage, wears away and this is when you have symptoms of pain, stiffness, and other symptoms.  The cartilage that is at the end of the bones acts as a shock absorber.

There are also ligaments, tendons, and muscles, around the joints.  The tendons connect the bones to your muscles.  It is the muscle's job, to receives messages from the brain, that triggers the tendons to move that particular joint.

The ligaments are stretchy bands that connect tissues and ensure the bones are in the correct place and able to move correctly.  The joints have a capsule that contains synovial fluid which delivers the lubrication. 

Both cartilage and ligaments help the joints to smoothly glide over the two bones, when you move.  This exact movement of the joints, when you have an inflammation it can take things off balance, and causes the pain and other symptoms.

Other arthritis symptoms are pain, this can be a dull ache or sharp pain. You may have loss of motion, or a grinding or cracking noise when you move. The last symptoms is that your joints can become weak, meaning that you may not be able to do simple tasks.

bone and joints

Part Three.

Risk factor.

When you develop arthritis the cause of the condition can depend on the type of arthritis you have.  some factors that can increase your risk are:

  • Family history, or a member of the family that has arthritis.
  • If you are a male you are more at risk of getting gout which is a type of arthritis.
  • If you are a female, you are more at risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Being overweight is a high risk, as you are putting extra stress and weight on the joints, particularly the knees, hips, and spine. 
  • If you have a previous injury (such as a fall) can increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis in that area.  
  • Such as myself, I slipped on some ice at work when my right kneecap went across a curb, I thought nothing of it until one day I got this chronic pain in my knee and hip.  I went to see my doctor; they diagnosed me with osteoarthritis.   Three years I lived in pain until my physician said that I needed a right hip replacement.  Since then, until now, I have osteoarthritis in both hips, even my replacement hip, knees, elbow, and fingers also it seems to be travelling across my neck.

    Pain in the sacroiliac joint.

    Part Four.

    Natural Remedies.

    When you live with pain you may find it difficult to do tasks around the house.  The following are some things that can help you:

    • Having arthritis of the hands it is best if you washed the dishes rather than putting them in the dishwasher, as the warm water helps the pain and relaxes the muscles also washing your dishes with a sponge will help to exercise the fingers and keeping your hand mobile.
    • When you go shopping, don't struggle with carrying full bags of shopping to your car when your joints are aching.  Take the trolley to your car.
    • Sitting at a computer for a long time with the wrong setup will make your hip joint, neck, or back worse.  You must make sure that your monitor and keyboard are in the proper place for you to keep your back and neck straight, and while you look at the screen, your head is straight, and your keyboard is where your shoulders are relaxed.
    • Pace yourself; you may not be able to do tasks as you could before, that's fine. You'll find that you need extra time to get things done. Accepting this fact is the first step to overexerting yourself.  I know it's so frustrating as I cannot leave things undone.  But, from experience, I know I should stop or else I will feel worse later on.
    •  When your arthritic joints are stiff, inflamed and painful, hot or cold treatment can relieve the symptoms. For example if you are in pain you need a heat pack that warms up the area of pain, this is because the pain increases the blood vessel, but with the warmth it closes the blood vessel.  You could also have a warm bath or shower first thing in the morning.   Or you could try a hot water bottle, electric blanket or a heat pack to reduce the discomfort in the night.
    • If you are having a flare-up and your joints are swollen and inflamed, it would help if you have a cold treatment like frozen peas with a towel around them.  When you have inflammation the blood vessels decrease leading to less blood going through the vein.  WARNING you should never put frozen items directly onto the skin.
    • Swimming is a good exercise for arthritis and is recommended.  When you are underwater, you are weightless, so that you can move much easier. It would be best if you found a swimming pool near you or see if your hospital does classes, especially for those that have difficulty in moving.
    Swimming
    • Listen to your favourite music is another remedy, when you listen to music  the symptoms ease as it raises the hormones which reduce the pain sensitivity.  I have osteoarthritis and when I do my blogging I always have music with me. You are concentrating on your work and music instead of your aches and pains.
    Girl listening to Music.
    • I know this sound funny but walking bare feet is also a good remedy, 'Thinking back, my parents always said, 'get your shoes on.  But, studies have found that going around with bare feet, reduce the weight on your knee joints and helps to minimize pain and disability from OA by about twelve per cent, from walking with shoes.  When you need to wear shoes, you need to find footwear that imitates your arch and heel's natural contour.
    • Acupuncture is a Chinese medical treatment, which in tales inserting very thin needles into specific areas of the body.  It has been found that it works on redirecting and restoring the balance in the body.  But you must make sure to find a licensed and certified acupuncturist. Acupuncture treatment takes several weeks to feel any benefits up to about 14 weeks.  'I have tried this, as I have Osteoarthritis and it did not do anything for me. Also, it got too expensive.' As you need to have a lot of appointments before it starts working.
    • Meditation, massage and relaxing techniques could help to reduce the symptoms, by lowering your stress and therefore coping with your inflammation and pain. Again you should find a licensed and certified person.  
    • Tai Chi is a gentle martial art, which is easy on your joints.  You can stand up and modify a sequence of gentle movements. Tai Chi helps with strength, flexibility, and balance.  
    • Another one is yoga, this is a mixture of low-impact exercise, concentrating on your breathing, also meditation. Yoga also helps ease joint pain, improves your flexibility, and stops or lowers those stress and anxiety levels.
    • Researchers have found that it helps with OA, wear and tear of the joints, rather than RA.  Magnets come in different items, such as bracelets, necklaces, inserts, pads, or disks, and found in many natural food stores. Some studies have found that they improve people with knee or/and hip osteoarthritis.  Doctors have not seen yet how these magnets work to relieve pain. Also, there's no proof that the magnets actually help with RA.
    • Aromatherapy does not seem to affect any pain levels or inflammation.  But it could help with your mood, especially since the lemon scent is found to boost your mood. But that is all.
    • Essential oils are pleasant and relaxing, like massage.  But always be careful putting it onto your skin, some essential oils can irritate, if you know you are sensitive, try a patch first. Do not put on broken or damaged skin.
    • When you are overweight or obese it can have a big impact on your joints.  especially your knees, hips and feet as you are putting extra weight and putting pressure on the already painful joints.  If you are overweight it is good if you tried exercise and diet to get down to your IBM rate.  When you keep your weight down it will improve your mobility, decreases your joint pain, and prevent further damage to the joints.   Also the  excessive body fat increases inflammation in the body.
    • Dieting and supplements cannot treat or cure your symptoms of arthritis, however, it can ease the condition if you change your eat habits.  For example it would be best if you eat vegetables, fruit, and white meat, instead of red meat, sweets, sugar, cakes, and the list goes on.  It helps if you could look for high in plant-based foods, and include some spices that can help with your inflammation such as ginger and turmeric. Other herbs are: bromelain, Boswellia, Gingko, devil’s claw, stinging nettle, or thunder god vine.
    • keeping a diary will help to see which foods make the arthritis worse and which are good for you.
    • Visualization exercises can help with stress. It is done by sitting quietly on your own, breath deeply and concentrate on your breathing.
    • With my osteoarthritis, I have researched diets and I have come across two that help me, they are ‘The Mediterranean Diet’ and ‘The Dash Diet’.
    • Finding a local gym will help with your exercises. The arthritis healthy guideline recommends an appropriate exercise program.  It would help if you exercised with a trainer or another person, as this can give you motivation.  The gym trainer can give you an exercise plan and they can assist if you need help.
    A man on an exercise bike in a gym.

    Part Five.

    Over-The-Counter supplements.

    Capsaicin Cream.

    Capsaicin is an ingredient seen in chilli peppers that gives the hotness and many over-the-counter pain relief creams.  You can make your own cream by mixing a few drops of ground cayenne with 2-3 teaspoons of olive oil.  Then with gauze, apply it to unbroken skin on the painful joints a couple of times a day.  With the first few doses, you may have a mild burning feeling on your skin.  But this will go in a week or so.

    WARNING keep away from eyes, mouth, and other mucous membranes; these areas will really sting.

    Chamomile Tea Poultice.

    Camomile Tea
    • Chamomile has an anti-inflammatory ingrediency that helps with painful joints.
    • Brew a strong chamomile infusion with four tea bags in a cup of hot water.  cover for twenty minutes.
    • squeeze the tea bags and throw away.
    • then apply to the aching joints.

    Omega-3 fatty acids.

    Omega-3 fatty acids are very good at relieving the inflammation of your joints.  The best foods to have are Salmon and Tuna, but some of you may need more omega-3 than you can consume.  You need to consult the doctor about adding a supplement.  Always cook with olive oil or corn oil.  As well as omega-3, olive oil has antioxidants that also reduces inflammation.

    Ginger Poultice.

    This one works on a similar line to Capsaicin. 

    The plant reduces the bodies substance P, a chemical that carries messages from the brain to your central nervous system.  All you do is peel and finely mince a three-inch piece of fresh ginger, mix it with a little olive oil until you have a paste, then apply it to gauze or bandage to your joint.  Leave for about ten to fifteen minutes, allow the ginger to go into the joint.

    Marinating.

    Make a spice rack of cayenne, rosemary, or thyme add to half a cup of olive oil or vegetable oil.  You can use this to rub on meat.  These three spices have pain-soothing properties and offer natural pain relief from arthritis.

    Vitamin D.

    Most people with arthritis have vitamin D deficiency, which produces collagen in joints.  Studies have found that many OA patients getting more Vitamin D protects the joints from damage.  So 'weather permitting' to boost your Vitamin D levels go in the garden and get some sun for ten to fifteen minutes a day, two or three times a week.

    Vitamin D Supplements.

    Conclusion.

    The word ‘arthritis’ describes over 100 conditions and diseases that attack the young and old.  The common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile arthritis.  The common symptoms of arthritis include Pain, swelling, stiff joints and weak muscles.

    The cause of osteoarthritis is deterioration of joints that results in normal wear and tear by a severe disturbing action.

    Such as my fall and the curb went across my knee cap leaving me in chronic pain.  I did not do any thing about it until it got so bad I went to see my doctor.  Found that I had osteoarthritis in the right hip.  After a couple of years in pain my specialist said that I needed a hip replacement, from then till now I have OA in my artificial right hip, left hip, elbows wrist and now travelling across the shoulders.

    Rheumatoid arthritis attacks the healthy immune system, which starts to damage the joint ligament also attacking the organs.

    Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is unknown, but most children that develop this disease are likely to recover at their sixteenth birthday, but some can go into adulthood.

    Currently, there is no cure for arthritis. Some treatments do exist on helping to manage pain and inflammation, but the treatment includes medication, exercise, therapies, home remedies and eating healthy.

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    I am not a medical professional, and this blog is for information only. If you have any worries you should consult your doctor.

    I hope this blog has helped.

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    Linda Rook

    Linda is now retired and has suffered from Osteoarthritis for about 40+ years.  She struggled with her weight until she found the correct one that also helped with her arthritic pain.  Linda was in terrible pain until the physician thought her right hip needed replacement. 


    Now Linda has an artificial right hip, which has left her with the left leg shorter than the right.  Therefore, her spine is now wonky, and has arthritis of the lower back, also it seems to be going all over the body, her pain is now in the knees, elbow, wrist, fingers and both hips.


    Linda now spends her days writing information to help others with the same conditions, so they do not suffer like Linda.


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