By Nancy Mom,
Hi Wise She readers. I am NancyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mother . Nancy keeps talking about wise she and how everyone contribute and have build this ultimate women platform. I thought let me contribute a bit of my problem and how I am dealing with it. May be you people can also pour in some suggestions.
Arthritis an incredibly common condition where 80% of world adult population at some time or the other in their lives gets affected by it. There are various types of arthritis and all causes pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. I have been suffering from arthritis and problem such as getting up from the bed in the morning and bending down to do some work was huge problem for me. In some of the cases joints gets so stiff that even fastening a button seems like a impossible task to me.
Image source Rheumatoid arthritis
There are many types of arthritis and the most popular one are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. I am suffering from Osteoarthritis which is also known as Ã¢â‚¬Å“wear and tear Ã¢â‚¬Â arthritis occurs when cartilage in the joints breaks down as a result injuries or too much weight or simple life time of repeated bending, flexing and shifting becomes a daily problem. When the cartilage gets damaged then the bones begins to rub against each other and tasks such as opening a jar too becomes difficult.
Rheumatoid arthritis also causes cartilage to weaken and bones to rub .However it is not simply caused by wear and tear.Though reason are not that clear rheumatoid arthritis causes the immune system to begin attacking the joints wearing away cartilage an causing the joints to become inflamed and very tender.
Even though different types of arthritis acts in different ways but many of the remedies are almost same. At present arthritis cannot be cured but there are many things which can be done to alleviate the pain and swelling.
Food in arthritis
Some foods such as garlic, onion and asparagus contain sulphur compound which helps the body in repairing the damaged tissue throughout the body, including the tissue in the joints.
Vitamin C intake
Vitamin C is an antioxidant which means it helps block the effects of harmful oxygen molecules in the body. It helps the immune system work more efficiently which can help ease inflammation in the joints and arthritis pain.
Gamma Linolenic acid(GLA)-
Most of us are trying to cut down on fat but this fat helps in fighting arthritis. This acid is available in oil, nuts and fish. One can also take fatty acid supplements but do read the label to make sure that you are getting the proper amount.
Apply cold packs on your aching joints. You can simply wrap ice cubes also in a wash clothe or towel and apply it for fifteen twenty minutes.
Keep your joints moving
Regular exercise is a powerful ally in fighting arthritis pain as well as in preventing it though I am yet to be regular in this.
Hot towels or heating pads
Hot towels or heating pads on painful joints will help in increase blood flow, which can relieve pain and ease swelling and stiffness.
Some simple changes
I have replaced door my house door knobs with easy to lift levers and various other things which doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pressurise my knees.
I hope I am able to contribute some bit here on wise she.