One of our readers wrote recently, saying her arthritis pain was really hard to deal with . . . Here is Dede’s answer, and hopefully some tips for others who also suffer from the related symptoms of arthritis.
Arthritis pain? Oh, I have it, too!
Arthritis is such a drag. but remember: We are all in this together . . .
Here’s what you can try:
Daily morning yoga with Rodney Yee DVD called “AM/PM Yoga”
Take Omega 3 fish oil capsules 2 “softgel” caps up to 2-3 daily with food (use best brand, highest quality—Dede uses Metagenics “OmegaGenics/EPA-DHA 720”)
Take a lavender bath with candles nightly before bed and use Epsom Salts in the water
Eat the healthiest diet: no sugar, caffeine (if you must, water down coffee and green tea okay), dairy or red meat
Make an appointment with a physical therapist (insurance usually covers this!)
Go to see an experienced acupuncturist (Chinese medicines best) and have 3-4 treatments in 2 months to see it it helps (make sure it is someone trustworthy with good recommendations)
Get a massage monthly to help cleanse and detoxify
Every time before your bath or shower use a dry Loofa sponge and brush your skin all over briskly to accentuate healthy cellular growth
Get 8-9 hours of sleep nightly
Use a castor oil pack to lay on sore joints—you can buy castor oil at a health food store, and Dede soaks a wool rag with it, to make a compress, then put SaranWrap over that, followed by a small towel, followed by a heating pad—ahhhh! The pain miraculously fades away, and you are forced to sit still and can read a book. Or, even better, you can meditate while you heal.
Walk 3-4 miles every day to clear your mind and keep your joints fluid and muscles strong to support the bones
Ride a bike for cross training — great for quad strength, and it is easier on arthritic knees…
Monday is the “Living With Crohn’s & Colitis Bicycle Challenge”!!! Get out there and start pedaling—post photos of you on a bike on our Facebook wall, and “Thnk Pos!”