reply to post by ihp07
Okay, I'll try this again. Just did a long post to you and lost it. :bnghd:
My Bride has been diagnosed with r. arthritis since her late 20's. She's now 50. At one point, she had to walk with a cane, and would come home
and crash, having "let loose her pain from the box." It's an autoimmune response, and there are things that have helped her in dealing with it.
She has been taking about a tablespoon of apple vinegar for a long time. Sometimes I hide it in salad dressing.
I was on the internet, looking for accupuncture information, as I was willing to learn/do anything to give her some relief, and I came across an AMA
report about glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate. They, together, are basically the building blocks of cartilage and connective tissue, and
there is a fair amount of thought that some forms of arthritis are an inability of the body to synthesize these things on their own. GS & CS are
pretty much ground up seashells.
Where we live -- it's pretty pill-oriented, and people expect immediate effect from a tablet. This is sometihng you take to give your body the raw
materials to rebuild. m'Darlin' took it for several weeks, and one day I came home and she was doing aerobics!!!! Not only that, the grinding I
could feel in her knees -- bone on bone -- was much more fluid and not nearly so noisy. Now both of these compounds are not thought to be applicable
for r. arthritis, but it did help her quite a bit.
Later on, I became involved in learning something of accupressure -- again to help her with the pain. It was and remains very effective.
Last year, we travelled to the big island for a new therapy, called P-stim -- point stimulation and the
. This is a form of auriculotherapy, and was absolutely amazingly effective.
TEn treatments, and she was completely pain-free for the first time in her life since her 20's. This lasted about six months after the treatments.
Our insurance turned us on to the process, as they were then paying all but $75.00 of it. Money well spent. The company pulled out and went to the
U.S., so that's no longer a viable option for us.
Along the way, I learned that fresh ginger and ground tumeric were very powerful natural antinflammatories. I am the cook of the family, and I use a
lot of both. It has made a real difference, along with the accupressure.
Last month, we went to an accupuncturist, and she was wonderfully instructive, showing me where I could locate points to help her.
These days, we're back to taking long walks, riding our tandem trike on the weekends and swimming. Six years ago, we bought a portable hot tub
for $1400. It's a blessing. Last year I made a solar collector so all our heating is done by the sun. Heating costs a lot of energy/money.
Later on last year I got some solar panels and batteries & inverter, such that even the cleaning c ycle and jets of the tub are run from solar.
Basically we spent USD $1000 to save ourselves $150.00 per month. Wet heat like that helps a great deal. Her loosing excess weight helped as well.
I really thing she is healing, not just masking the pain. I hope some of this might be of use to you. Please feel free to U2U if there are any
other questions I can help you with. I'm not a doctor, this is not medical advice, just a recounting of our strategy, however I think we've just
about looked at most of the remedies. Oh, I forgot....... we tried magnets for a while under the tutelage of a friend of ours who is a
self-proclaimed expert. For my darlin' that was of a lesser help, but not without worth.
I'm not a physician, and this is not medical advice, just a recounting of our strategy for dealing with it. More than anything, I'd like to leave
you with the idea that there are a lot of things that can work, and maybe along the way you will find your own combinations that make it something
that you can deal with.
feel better, and don't forget to laugh. Your body LOVES endorphins.
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[edit on 21-5-2009 by argentus]