Welcome Tina. As you are finding out this group offers a lot of good support. I wish you luck in dealing with your OA as naturally as you can. I find water exercise to be my best friend. It offers gentle resistance while giving your whole body a workout. Just start out gradually just like you would any exercise. I also find doing gentle yoga for 15-20 minutes a day very helpful. I find these things also do not upset myr stomach or cause other side effects that you can sometimes get when taking prescription pills or OTC supplements for pain or arthritis. I also find putting ice on the painful area very helpful. In fact, I heard an orthopedic surgeon say recently that ice is one of the best anti-inflammatories there are.
If the pain becomes unbearable I take a couple of Advil's making sure to take them with a big glass of water or with food since I have a sensitive stomach like you. I still have pain but these things make it much more manageable.
Regarding supplements, I have tried a lot of different ones, including pharmaceutical grade Glucosimine/Chondrotin and not found gotten much relief. However I recognize that others may have had a different experience so I wouldn't discourage you from trying some. However I would caution you to listen to your body, i.e., monitor your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol as OTC supplements can impact these just as prescription drugs.
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Hi Tina. Welcome. I am also new to this team. I take glucosamine also on a full stomach. For severe pain, I take one Aleve after a large meal. My knees are "bone on bone", so I know about pain. I had to stop walking and now I do the seated exercise videos on Sparkpeople. It really helps. Good luck! Toni
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Hi Tina! I've only just joined too. I avoid all anti-inflammatories, but I do take Tylenol (regular, not extra-strength) when I have to and it does help, and I take glucosamine-chondroitin regularly; I don't think it's affecting my blood pressure as much as being in pain does; ask your doctor about it.
My arthritis is mostly in my right hip, so I find the very best thing for it is an exercise class that takes place in a swimming pool. I can't swim, but I don't need to since it's all in the shallow end. The water cushions the impact of all the bouncing around, so I can get a lot more energetic and so loosen up the stiff joint. The other part of the class involves lots of stretches, which are also useful, and I do some stretches every morning at home. I also go for a walk most days; I started with short walks on a flat surface, and have now progressed to longer trail walks. I always take care to walk properly, not twisting around to avoid the pain, and I wear proper hiking boots with plenty of cushioning. Some people find that walking with ski-poles helps, but I don't bother with them.
Losing weight has also helped, and keeping the Spark food diary is making that much easier. All in all, I still have arthritis, but it interferes a lot less with my life than it used to.
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Hi, My name is Tina. I am new to the team and was recently diagnosed with OA. I am trying to find natural ways to beat this. I have already lost 22lbs this year at about 1lb per week. I am trying to do things naturally without drugs but had to take tylenol today to ease some of the pain. I was taking Glucosimine/chondrotin but have read in different studies where it can raise your blood pressure and cholesterol. I guess the results show that it is in my L5-S1 in my back - worst on the right side. Looking for tips and ideas to help, me stomach and meds dont agree.
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