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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!”

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