If simple tasks such as walking down stairs, or opening a bottle are causing you pain...then keep reading. It's possible that arthritis is causing your joints to be swollen and painful.
maintain healthy body weight - takes pressure off joints
exercise & stretching - relieves stiffness in joints
physical therapy - will improve or restore your physical function and improve your fitness level
- NSAIDS (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) - blocks prostaglandin chemical that causes pain, inflammation and fever
- warnings: check with doctor, can cause stomach bleeding or ulcer, increase risk of heart attacks, not recommended for those with high blood pressure or kidney disease
- APAP (Acetaminophen) - eases pain without Gastrointestinal or heart risks.
- warnings: harmful for liver and kidneys, possible overdose because acetaminophen is a main ingredient in many cough and cold products
- OPOIDS or NARCOTICS - for severe pain
- warnings: may be habit forming
- CORTICOSTEROIDS - weakens your body's immune response to reduce inflammation, injections offer speedy pain relief and reduced inflammation which can last weeks to months
- warnings: thinning of skin, weight gain, increase risk of infection, cataracts and osteoporosis, just to name a few
- ANTIDEPRESSANTS - 2010 the FDA approved Cymbalta (duloxetine) for chronic muscloskelatal pain including arthritis, unclear of mechanism of action, possibly has an effect on brain chemicals that cause pain
- warnings: drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision, mood changes or possible suicidal thoughts
- MASSAGE THERAPY
- VITAMINS & MINERALS - just a few of the most common supplements
- Glucosamine and Chondroitin - may help increase cartilage between joints
- Omega 3 fatty acids - may help reduce your body's inflammatory response
- Green Tea - powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
- Vitamin D - studies show those with joint pain are low in vitamin D
- Calcium - helps bones and joints
- CREAMS, GELS AND OILS
- Menthol, Camphor - counter-irritatants which simply trick your brain to think about the tingling sensation so you forget about your pain
- Capsaicin - from chili pepper, blocks the P (pain) factor
- Arnica - increases blood flow to relief bruising and inflammation
- Essential Oils - essential oils have medicinal properties, which work on the physical and mental levels to address the ailment at hand and to promote healing
- Chamomile Oil helps to control muscle spasms and has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Clary Sage is a very soothing oil. It has a calming effect when one is anxious and muscles are tensed up from pain. It has anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Do not use clary sage if pregnant.
- Rosemary Oil has analgesic and antispasmodic properties. It is also good for relieving back pain as it improves blood circulation.
- Peppermint Oil is good for muscle soreness.
- Lavender Oil prevents muscle spasms and inflammation. It also helps to relieve tension, which may contribute to or worsen pain.
- Helichrysum Oil research indicates that helichrysum oil decreases muscle pain by lowering swelling, inflammation and improving circulation.
- Sandalwood Oil relieves muscle spasms. One of sandalwood’s most important uses is to sedate the nervous system, so it helps to reduce nerve pain.
I was inspired by countless family members and friends to formulate Over Did it Creme, which is enriched with the best essential oils and natural anti-inflammatory ingredients without troublesome side effects.