preventing arthritis

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/6/2007 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone have any ideas about what to do to prevent arthritis? I'm 36 and am having some pain in my knees, and sometimes in my knuckle joints. Thanks!

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 1/6/2007 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Freewill, My name is BabZ and I dont think we can completely Prevent Arthritis, however we can make our bodys stronger & healthier and who knows maybe less suspectible to pain & joint Damage..

Depending on the type of Arthrtis a person could have, like for instance, patients that have OA, also known as OsteoArthritis, They say you have to be careful with excersizing, beucase that can actually do more damage then good..

However people with RA, also known as Rhuematoid arthitis, they say patients with this type of arthtis, they should excersize as much as they can on there good days, and rest as much as they can on there bad days...

As for me I have OA in my Knees, and I also have Ra as well, not including other health problems as well

soo basically what I try to do is, is keep active on my good days, rest on my bad days, and I try to make sure that im not putting to much pressure on my knee joints otherwise I will be out of commission..LOL

I also Try to take baths, with Epsom salts, Yoga, Bengay on the days that im stiff...

also if your joints are hurting, maybe you should try a combination of Calcium pills with some Fish oils pills that are high in Omega 3s...Try eating salmon if you like fish that too helps with pain & immflammation...and last but not least, try icing the area for 15-20mins and then apply heat to the afficted area for 15-20 mins, and do this back and for between heat & cold for like and hour....

and if none of these work for you, then maybe you should try seeing a speacialist like a Rhuematoligist, and get some Blood work taken...just in case its something more serious then general would want to treat this as aggressively as possible to prevent any possible joint damage to the affilicted area....

I hope this advice helps, and I hope you feel better..

By the way, just incase you were wondering im 28 1/2 female managing my RA for quite some time, soo trust me when I say i completely understand how painful it can be to go thru joint pain...and again, I hope you do feel better....

Best Regards,

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 1/8/2007 3:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Freewill...

Babz has already given you lots of great advise. If you have been diagnosed and know that no underlying illness/disease is causing your arthritis, then all is well. I just wanted to state that point because some types of arthritis can be helped.

Reactive arthritis also known as reiters syndrome is one. This type of arthritis is usually seen with other illnesses.

Hope you feel better soon.

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