I’ve been focusing on arthritis this month and that’s because it matters to me. It would never have occurred to me just how much a joint can hurt until I was diagnosed with an arthritic knee.
I knew it was coming or at least that it was likely to come, I opted for a treatment for allergies that made arthritis much more likely. I just had no clue how severe that outcome would be.
I could find myself in tears over bending down to tie up my shoelaces. I’d come close to wetting myself at my desk rather than get up and walk somewhere. I hurt all the time and it made me a poorer person for it.
I’d snap at my employees. I’d forget what Susan and the kids wanted. I was so wrapped up in the chronic, continuous scream of my knees. I knew that this couldn’t go on and I’ve tried an awful lot of remedies over the years and now I want to share what has worked for me.
Diet And Exercise
I had to stop lying to myself about the effects of excess body weight. I’d packed on a few, more than a few to be fair, pounds since college and while I wasn’t “obese”, I was certainly heading in that direction.
The more pounds that you pack, the more force you put on your injured joints and the more pain it causes. There can be no simpler form of cause and effect.
My Diet And Exercise Regime
So, I started an anti-inflammatory diet (I’ve written about this recently here) and started to take exercise in our local pool. I chose swimming because water acts as a natural cushion for your joints during a workout.
It hurt at first. More than you’d believe. But I persevered. I owed my wife and kids that much. My employees deserved it too.
I am still not in quite as good shape as I was in my college days, but who is? I have, however, lost most of my excess weight and my knees are taking less of a battering than they once were.
Some Starting Points For Your Exercise Routine
If you’d like to start exercising with your arthritis but are worried about hurting yourself try this DVD from Amazon: Movements for Mobility Exercise DVD
If you can’t get access to a pool, this is a nice routine designed primarily for seniors, but anyone can use it. It’s also on Amazon: Sit and Be Fit Arthritis Award-Winning Chair Exercise Workout For Seniors
Turmeric And Curcumin With Everything
Curcumin is the natural ingredient in turmeric. It’s nature’s miracle anti-inflammatory. Now, not everyone suffering from arthritis is suffering from an inflammatory form of the disease but… most non-inflammatory forms do cause inflammation even though they are not caused by inflammation.
Yes, it’s an odd distinction but it’s a very real distinction too. That mean nearly all people with arthritis do have inflammation.
Inflammation is a contributing factor to both pain and depression. Depression is also a contributing factor to pain. So, inflammation is a double whammy of badness.
Your doctor will almost certainly prescribe you anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen or Sodium Diclofenac. In the short-term, this will work well. In the long-term, it may stop working so well. It can also become dangerous.
A Natural Anti-Inflammatory Agent
So, a natural anti-inflammatory can come in very handy. Now, it’s important for you to realize that curcumin is no joke. Unlike many other “natural remedies” this one is a genuine pharmacologically active ingredient.
That means before you start taking curcumin with other medicines – you need to discuss it with your physician. If you are pregnant, it’s also a very good idea to talk the use of curcumin through with the family doctor even if you aren’t taking any other medications. Seriously.
It’s Tasty And Healthy
A billion Indian people can’t be wrong and not only is turmeric (and curcumin) good for you but it’s a tasty addition to foods too! So, I have incorporated as much turmeric into our daily eating as possible and I also take curcumin supplements to boost the effects.
CBD Oil Is The Icing On The Cake
Between the diet, exercise and curcumin (and the occasional pharmaceutical booster from my physician) I was about 80% of the way there.
The trouble is that 20% of your pain is still 20% more pain than you want to experience. It’s a bit like the difference between being punched in the face and punched in the arm. Sure, you’d prefer someone punched you in the arm than decked you in the smacker but… you’d really prefer not to be punched at all.
I had concerns about long-term use of prescription painkillers. A friend recommended marijuana but that seemed like a bad idea. I’ve got a business to run and a family to support – getting high isn’t going to be any more valuable than suffering in pain all the time.
I Didn’t Have To Get High
Then I found out that I could get the pain killing properties of marijuana without the side effects. Better still, I could do this legally. I have to admit, I don’t like the idea of breaking the law – I am not sure Susan and the kids would want to visit me in jail.
CBD oil was the answer. An extract of cannabis which can be sold legally across the entire United States and with no psychoactive properties. I sent off for a trial immediately and have never looked back.
We’ve arranged for every Pain Authority reader to get a chance at joining a free trial for CBD too. I think it’s so important and so valuable to a pain management routine that I urge everyone to try it. If it doesn’t work, there are other options but few as convenient as CBD oil.
So, now you know. My “secret” for managing the pain of my arthritis is work with my doctor, improve my diet and exercise regime, use curcumin and turmeric a lot and use CBD oil. Pretty straightforward, right? I hope that it helps you too.
Let me know in the comments below if this was useful or if there’s something else you want to know. The more you talk to me and Susan about your pain, the more we can do to try and help you. See you soon. Thanks for reading.