Osteoarthritis In Your 30s

Sky Rose By Sky Rose, 3rd Dec 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3tgartmm/
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This article is advice and tips on how to live with osteoarthritis in your 30s.

Osteoarthritis

I was a bit surprised at thirty years old to hear from my doctor that the reason why I was in such pain is because I have osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is when cartilage in joints wear down and it can happen in any joint in your body.
I have it in my hands, feet, pelvic, legs, arms, shoulders, lower back and neck. When it is raining or cold I have inflammation flare ups that are very painful.
For relief of some of the pain I take Naproxen.
Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Check with your doctor before taking any drugs.
I take a 500 dosage when I can no longer bear the pain. I try to bear it for as long as I can before taking any medicine because I don't like all those chemicals in my body. I never liked taking pills. I only take them when I have absolutely no other choice.

Here are some advice and tips on living with osteoarthritis in your 30s.
Social Life:
1.) Never be ashamed or afraid to tell someone you have to sit it out because you are in pain.
2.) You can still go to gym or exercise but you have to make sure it is low impact and stop immediately if you have a flare up while exercising. If you join a exercising class make sure you tell the teacher your condition and that you may have to sit out on certain days.
3.) Osteoarthritis is not an old person's disease. The risk to get it increases with age but people in their 20s and 30s get this condition due to it being hereditary, overuse of a joint, or joint injury.

Exercises:
1.) Gentle exercises like walking on flat surfaces, water exercises, swimming, gentle yoga or Pilates.
2.) Try to avoid high impact exercises like jogging and running because it will increase the inflammation in your joints.
3.) Weight can make your inflammation more painful. Losing weight can make the pain more bearable. A old simple way of losing weight is watch your portion sizes daily and get in at least 30 mins of low impact exercises at least five days a week. If you can fit in a high impact workout you can try it but if it's too painful stop so do not risk further injury.

Medication and Treatment:
1.) Acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve).
2.) The supplements glucosamine and chondroitin have been known to reduce pain in some individuals.
3.) Always alert your doctor if you are taking any supplements.
4.) Acupuncture has been known to give immediate and significant pain relief in some patients.

Symptoms:
1.) Joint aching and soreness, especially with movement.
2.) Pain after overuse or after long periods of inactivity.
3.) Stiffness after periods of rest.
4.) Bony enlargements in the middle and end joints of the fingers (which may or may not be painful).
5.) Joint swelling.
*Note that these symptoms happen gradually over time.

Having osteoarthritis can be a pain in the you know what but with the right frame of mind you can still enjoy your life to the fullest.

Source: webmd.com, drugs.com, and personal experience.

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Adult, Inflammation, Osteoarthritis, Pain

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