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Advice on Arthritis please

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
Hi all,

Does anybody know medically about Arthritis ?

Or could anybody give advice on any treatments for Arthritis etc..?

Many thanks.
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  • rushnowtrushnowt Forumite
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    Hiya i guess it depends on what type it is, my mum has rhumatoid arthritis, but my nan suffered with osteo arthritis (sp? sorry)

    they've both used conventional treatments, prescribed medicines etc and arnica, i've found a couple of sites for ya to look at as i dont want to give ya any incorrect advice etc, but there are members who suffer from this so im sure they will be able to give ya more personal info on there condition/treatments etc

    http://www.wddty.co.uk/factsheet/ARTHRITIS/

    http://www.allaboutarthritis.com/portal/DPUY/AAA

    HTH
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  • mhukmhuk Forumite
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    Assuming you've seen a doctor and have a dianosis? (arthritis and rheumantism are different).

    Take Glucosamine everyday and also try L-Glutamine as it may help with general aches and pains. I've tried other supplements but found most of them to be a waste of money.

    HTH
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    Thanks peeps!
  • Ted_HutchinsonTed_Hutchinson
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    Omega-3 fatty acids.

    Note the dose of EPA recommended for rheumatiod arthritis If your taking that amount you will need a cheap source try ZIPVIT Omega Juice

    Rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine. is happy to concede Glucosamine and Chronditin may be worthwhile. again Zipvit will probably be cheapest. I have read elsewhere research confirming Zipvit claims that the liquid form is more effective that the tablets but it does look more expensive so you'll have to get out a calculator and see how it works out on a daily dose basis.

    Selected complementary and alternative medicine therapies for arthritis-related pain: the evidence from systematic reviews
    this one also suggests GLA gamma linolenic acid for pain of rheumatoid arthritis. You'll find GLA in Evening Primrose Oil Starflower Oil Borage seed oil but as you need 2g a day of GLA you will have to get out the calculator again to work out which works out to be the most cost effective. Post back if can find anyone to beat Zipvit's prices.
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  • I was reading a thread just this morning about how vinegar helps! (Unsuprisingly it was on the Thrift board.. ;D)

    I can't find the link to that specific post, but if you do a general internet search it brings up lots and lots - it's apple cider vinegar you want to look for. I think, you mix a teaspoon with a teaspoon of honey in a wineglassful of hot water and drink and it helps relieve the pain :)
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  • Ted_HutchinsonTed_Hutchinson
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    I was reading a thread just this morning about how vinegar helps! (Unsuprisingly it was on the Thrift board.. ;D)

    I can't find the link to that specific post, but if you do a general internet search it brings up lots and lots - it's apple cider vinegar you want to look for. I think, you mix a teaspoon with a teaspoon of honey in a wineglassful of hot water and drink and it helps relieve the pain :)

    Unfortunately, unlike the other suggestions previously posted in this thread, there is no published peer reviewed research which proves Cider vinegar helps arthritis nor is there any logical reason to suppose that it might. You may actually enjoy drinking cider vinegar with honey and it may make you feel better but then most placebo's have some effect and a little of what you fancy does you good.
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  • Unfortunately, unlike the other suggestions previously posted in this thread, there is no published peer reviewed research which proves Cider vinegar helps arthritis nor is there any logical reason to suppose that it might. You may actually enjoy drinking cider vinegar with honey and it may make you feel better but then most placebo's have some effect and a little of what you fancy does you good.

    Not that I have found, no, but I wasn't specifically looking for 'peer reviewed research', just things that i thought might be helpful. Isn't that true of many complementary health treatments Ted?? Just because no-one has written an article on it, does not necessarily mean it's a 'placebo', it just means that no-one's written an article on it!

    it's very narrow-minded logic IMHO to say that just because you couldn't find the kind of article that you personally would like to read, that it doesn't work!! There are hundreds of websites out there saying that people have found it beneficial. I doubt they are all making it up.
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  • Pat__3Pat__3 Forumite
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    I have rheumatoid arthritis and have never heard myself of the cider vinegar & honey helping this, otherwise I would be the first one on it. My Mum is a firm believer in cider vinegar and has used it for years, It is very good for chesty coughs and I believe if taken in a little hot water with the spoonful of honey it can be quite effective. :)
    My Mum has a vinegar book that she got from somewhere and it has loads of stuff in there, so I will try to find out. :)
    But I do think if there was any relief that the cider vinegar could give for the arthritis my Mum would have told me by now, as she knows how bad my rheumatoid arthritis is and she suffers herself from Osteoarthritis. :-/
    My Mum is 74 and has always been into herbs and things like that and I'm sure if there was anything to help either of us she would have said. :)
    I did try some of the things Ted mentioned but they didn't agree with me unfortunately, only that the cod liver oil and the anti-oxidants that I take don't do any harm but do give you nice skin. ;)

    I am under a consultant at the hospital and take the medication and the rest that they perscribe, plus now on steroids too plus the injections :o

    I will try to find out about the vinegar for you just incase. :)
  • You might want to check out this link for more info re vinegar :)

    http://www.mypharmacy.co.uk/health_books/books/c/cider_vinegar.htm

  • SarahsaverSarahsaver Forumite
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    [glow=red,2,300]Aromatherapy[/glow]
    Geranium oil is anti-inflammatory.
    Lavender may also help as it is a relaxant.
    I have had something called 'emu oil' for a dodgy knee and it seems to work. I don't know if it is the oil of real emus!!!???
    Interested by this thread as I have lovely elderly neighbours who are suffering quite a bit from arthritis. I hope I can help them from the advice given here so far.
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