One day, your joints feel pretty good. The next, swelling and pain ratchet up and you can barely get out of bed… that's the nature of rheumatoid arthritis.
It's a chronic illness caused by an overactive immune system, and it's more dangerous than it seems at face value... That's because the medical protocols used to treat it include therapies that suppress your immune system.
But there ar... ››› more
If you suffer from arthritis or any other form of chronic pain, you're probably taking some form of painkillers.
You're probably also watching what you eat and trying to exercise a little.
But did you know you that something as simple as touch could also help you feel less pain?
It's one of the reasons massage is so effective - keep reading to find out more... A hands-on approach to pain ... ››› more
Gout is a form of arthritis. It develops in people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood. This acid forms needle-like crystals in the joints which lead to painful flare-ups, including tenderness and swelling.
If you've had a flare-up in the past, don't assume the problem has subsided unless you've directly treated the high levels of uric acid in your body. In between flare-ups, low gra... ››› more
Orthopaedist Dr Mark Knaub, of Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, says that approximately eight in every 10 people suffer from back pain at some point.
According to Dr Knaub, ligament, tendon and muscle strains or soft tissue injuries top the list of the most common causes of back pain.
When you twist, bend, fall or lift heavy objects, these injuries can occur.
People who... ››› more
Rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of arthritis strike tens of millions of South Africans.
While drugs are one solution to managing symptoms, when you weigh the pros and cons of taking such powerful medications, you'll see that they do more harm than good in the long run.
So, are there any natural ways to keep arthritis flare-ups at bay? Of course there are! Read on for four strategies th... ››› more
Do you suffer from regular arthritis and joint pain? Don't open the medicine cabinet for a pain pill - instead, the grocery store!
There are many surprisingly helpful - and delicious foods - for arthritis swelling, stiffness and pain. Here are three of them…
Three foods you didn’t know help arthritis and joint pain
Pineapple is one of the most delicious fruits out there! ... ››› more
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disorder that affects 1.3 million adults in the United States. While prescription medications are commonly prescribed to curb the pain, stiffness, swelling and weakness associated with the condition, there are also numerous ways to naturally treat it.
Some of these natural approaches include dietary changes, physical therapies and the addition of suppleme... ››› more
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been the primary treatment for arthritis pain and other symptoms for over 50 years.
But here's the thing: Natural alternatives to these conventional drugs offer a significant advantage. Unlike NSAIDs, natural strategies don't increase your risk of serious health problems including heart failure, gastrointestinal damage, ulcers, internal bleed... ››› more
Gout is a form of arthritis characterised by severe pain, redness and tenderness in the joints. It stems from the build-up of uric acid in your body, which can lead to the formation of small uric acid ‘crystals' in the joints, which are the source of the pain.
If you're diagnosed with gout, you're familiar with how one day you may experience no pain, but the next you may have pain so severe t... ››› more
The aches and pains of arthritic joints have been around as long as the human race. And before pharmacies opened on every corner, people used natural remedies to ease pain and stiffness.
“To understand why many old-fashioned pain remedies worked, you need to understand that if someone believes in a pain cure, their brain will produce endorphins that ease their pain,” explains Andrew G Kowal... ››› more
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