Living with Arthritis
I have been asked to write a blog on the subject of living with Arthritis. But before I address my situation I’d like to talk about this medical problem which effects a vast majority of our population here in Ireland.
Arthritis is caused by inflammation of the joints, it usually comes with age, however it can and does effect children/juveniles in the same way as adults i.e. effecting fingers, knees, and hips. Arthritis can be as a result of a sporting injury as well.
Pain comes in many ways:-
(1) Chronic Joint Pain that lingers on.
(2) Joint stiffness is very common.
(3) Swelling around the joints.
(4) Decrease range of movement.
Can it be Cured:
There is NO cure for Arthritis but treatment
has improved greatly in recent years.
My story is that I have Osteoarthritis more than likely down to wear and tear. I have undergone surgery for replacement of my two knees and two hips, the hip replacement only three months ago.
I found swimming and walking a huge help to ease the pain of my arthritis. Walking on soft surfaces is always preferred but not always possible in some cases.
Other methods for relieving Arthritis pain are:
(1) Use Hot and Cold Treatments such as a warm shower to ease stiffness or by applying an ice pack to the painful joints.
(2) Meditation is often used as a method of relieving pain as it lowers stress, enabling you to cope better.
(3) Following a healthy diet that’s rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole foods.
Life goes on and having Arthritis and hip or knee replacements is NOT the end, but a new start and pain free.
Further advice can be obtained from The Kildare Branch of Arthritis Ireland.