A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Rheumatism
I had a question the other day about rheumatism.
Rheumatism refers to a collection of painful conditions affecting various parts of your body.
It’s not a single disease, but rather a term generally used to describe different problems associated with muscles, joints, bones, and tendons.
In some cases, rheumatism may also affect internal organs, like your lungs, heart, kidneys, and skin.
There are different types of rheumatism depending on what part of your body is affected.
Some common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tennis elbow, gout, frozen shoulder, fibrositis, ankylosing spondylitis, and cervical spondylitis.
Rheumatism is also referred to as fibromyalgia and is more evident in the elderly and middle-aged, but it can affect people from all age groups.
Most of us dread rheumatism, not because it’s life threatening, but because of how much it affects your quality of life.
It can be severely debilitating, confining you to bed at times.
The major symptom of rheumatism is pain.
There can be pain in your joints and muscles, or stiffness and aching that seems to have no specific cause.
The pain may affect just a specific area, but could then travel to another part of your body altogether.
Most common areas of pain include your knees, legs, hands, arms, shoulders, back, chest, and hips.
Other symptoms are:
*Numbness and tingling feeling in your arms and legs
*Pain in your abdomen that recurs
*Stiffness of muscles and joints
*Loss of sleep
*Soreness and swelling
A typical rheumatic attack usually starts with swelling of a joint, like your knee or ankle.
The skin over your joint becomes hot and red and the pain spreads to other joints over the next few days.
Movement makes the pain worse and bed rest is necessary.
Rheumatic attacks may be seasonal and may appear and disappear for no apparent reason.
Often the first attack is dismissed as a one-time event and the full effect of the disease may not be realized until many attacks and several months or years later.
There’s no known cure for rheumatism.
Fortunately, there’s a lot you can be do to cope with the condition and continue to live a life of relative normalcy.
To deal with rheumatism, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water every day to hydrate your cells.
*Discover and avoid triggers.
*Exercise regularly, but start slow.
*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.
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