A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Polymyalgia Rheumatica
I had a question the other day about polymyalgia rheumatica.
Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory problem.
Your joints and the areas around them get stiff and may ache.
It mostly happens in your neck, shoulders, upper arms, and hips.
The exact cause of polymyalgia rheumatica isn’t known.
But, there are 2 factors that appear to be involved in the development of this condition.
Genetics – Certain genes may increase your risk of developing polymyalgia rheumatica.
For example, people whose ancestors are from Scandinavia or Northern Europe are more likely to have this problem.
Environmental Exposure – New cases of polymyalgia tend to come in cycles and may develop seasonally, which suggests an environmental trigger might play a role.
Most people who develop polymyalgia rheumatica are older than 65.
It rarely affects people younger than 50.
Women are about two times more likely to develop the disorder.
Symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica often start suddenly and get worse without treatment.
Symptoms usually occur on both sides of your body and include:
>Muscle pain and morning stiffness in your neck, shoulders, and hip area.
>Stiffness in the affected areas, especially in the morning or after being inactive for a long time, like a long car ride.
>Limited range of motion in the affected areas.
>Tiredness and lack of energy.
You may also have more general signs and symptoms, including:
>Mild or low-grade fever.
>A general feeling of not being well (malaise).
>Loss of appetite.
>Unintended weight loss.
Symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica can greatly affect your ability to perform everyday activities.
The pain and stiffness may contribute to difficulties with the following tasks:
>Getting out of bed, standing up from a chair or getting out of a car
>Bathing, combing your hair or performing other tasks related to personal hygiene
>Getting dressed or putting on a coat
These complications can affect your health, social interactions, physical activity, sleep and general well-being.
To deal with polymyalgia rheumatica it’s helpful to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water every day to hydrate your cells.
*Discover and avoid triggers.
*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 are neurotoxins.
*EZ-Gest between meals may be helpful to ease inflammation.
*Have chiropractic or osteopathic evaluation/treatment.