A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis
I had a question the other day about pigmented villonodular synovitis.
Pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) is a condition of your joint lining.
It’s characterized by pain and swelling as well as iron build-up inside your joint.
It happens most commonly in yours 30s and 40s.
Pigmented villonodular synovitis typically involves one joint.
In 80% of people, your knee is affected, but PVNS also can affect your hip, ankle, shoulder, and elbow.
Pigmented villonodular synovitis occurs in 2 forms: localized and diffuse.
Localized pigmented villonodular synovitis is when the pain and swelling occurs in just one area of your joint.
This type usually responds well to treatment.
Diffuse pigmented villonodular synovitis is when the condition involves your entire joint.
This type tends to be more destructive.
Diffuse pigmented villonodular synovitis is more difficult to treat.
And it’s significantly more common than the localized form.
The cause of pigmented villonodular synovitis is unknown.
Genetic changes associated with pigmented villonodular synovitis have been identified, but evidence for a genetic cause isn’t conclusive.
In addition to joint pain and swelling, people with localized pigmented villonodular synovitis will experience joint locking, catching, and instability.
People with diffuse pigmented villonodular synovitis often present with a gradual onset of joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.
In both types, symptoms may occur sporadically.
In most cases of pigmented villonodular synovitis, surgery is the best treatment option.
However, there are several things you can do at home to help alleviate your symptoms.
To deal with pigmented villonodular synovitis it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water every day to hydrate your cells.
*Breathe deeply to oxygenate cells.
*Alfalfa is extremely helpful for inflammation; take throughout the day; try as a tea.
*EFAs (Omega 3, flaxseed oil, fish oil) help lubricate joints and decrease inflammation.
*Avoid nightshade vegetables, like peppers, tomato, eggplant, and potato.
*Try Epsom salt baths.
*Try hot castor oil packs (apply white cotton dipped in warmed castor oil, cover with plastic wrap, cover with heating pad if desired for up to 2 hours).
*Maintain a healthy weight.
*Test for heavy metal toxicity.
*Try Kombucha Tea.
*Ensure proper footwear.
*Fresh, raw pineapple and papaya contain bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme.
*Consider liver support and/or a liver cleanse.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners because they’re neurotoxins.
*EZ-Gest between meals may be helpful to ease inflammation.
*Have chiropractic or osteopathic evaluation/treatment.