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.
Fitness Minutes: (9,545) Posts: 93 9/2/13 2:00 P
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
EXCUSES ARE THE NAILS THAT BUILT THE HOUSE OF FAILURE.
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.
Fitness Minutes: (14,056) Posts: 8,759 9/2/13 10:02 A
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.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No portion of this website can be used without the permission of SparkPeople or its authorized affiliates.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.