Anyone who has even skim read a couple of my articles will surely have got the message osteoarthritis pain management is not a quick fix.
Sometimes I get frustrated as I receive emails from OA sufferers. This one lady wanted me to tell her exactly how she could get rid of all her pain and could I please provide her with a remedy that will work in 3 days because she are going to her niece’s wedding and her knee was hurting. Oh and she didn’t want to spend over $20!
I nearly didn’t even bother to reply and I admit what I said was probably a bit rude as she didn’t answer me back. But sometimes I get so frustrated at people. (Not one of my prettier traits I admit!).
Anyway I was venting to a friend of mine who is a rabbi and a counsellor. He was chuckling at me (which he often does, being a more patient soul himself) and then he told me a story. I got him to email me a copy.
Back in the days when I was serving as a Rabbi I did a great deal of counseling. One day some friends reported that a couple I knew were heading to divorce. No one was able to talk to the husband. He was determined that it was over.When I called him on the phone, I asked him to come over. He immediately said, “Rabbi, if this is about the divorce. Forget it.”I told him that I was inviting him over for coffee. If he didn’t want to talk about the divorce, that was his decision and I’d respect it.When he came for coffee I began talking to him about the coffee I was serving.“This coffee is Kona coffee from Hawaii. It’s one of the most expensive coffees in the world. It’s taste is out of this world.But if you go into a supermarket and pick up a jar of coffee, it sure doesn’t taste like this. In fact, instant coffee barely tastes like anything.Even the coffee in the can doesn’t taste anything like this.”My guest interrupted, “Rabbi, this is the best coffee I ever had! How did you make it?”I answered: “First, as soon as I get the beans, they go into a freezer in an airtight container. I measure out the exact portion I need and then grind them fresh right before brewing them. The sound you heard when you entered was me grinding the coffee.Then I pour the coffee into a non-bleached filter and wait for the coffee to drip through. The coffee is so good, most people prefer to drink it black without adding cream or sugar.”My friend said, “Who would have thought so much effort went in to making a good cup of coffee?”I said to him, “Anything that’s worth it takes an investment in time and effort. Instant is never worth it.”He smiled at me from across the table.In a few days I heard he proposed counseling to his wife. He told her: “Anything that’s worth it takes and investment in time and effort.”
What does that have to do with Osteoarthritis Pain Management?
Actually a lot. You have to invest time and effort if you want to succeed with osteoarthritis pain management.
Osteoarthritis pain management advice will vary slightly depending on the type of health care practitioner you see. Medical doctors will advise NSAIDs while alternative practitioners will advise herbal remedies and supplements. I say let’s cover all the bases!
These are the 7 easy home remedies which I recommend as the basis of your osteoarthritis pain management:
1. Use an ICE pack when you are in PAIN.
2. Use a HEAT pack when you are feeling stiff.
3. Use SUPPLEMENTS that contain glucosamine sulphate and a herb for the inflammation.
4. Use a PAIN KILLER when your ice pack hasn’t eased the pain.
5. Rest when you START to get pain, do not try and work through it as you won’t be able to.
6. Be active when you feel STIFF
7. Do a targeted program of exercises that is designed for YOU. This is the single most important thing and you must do a program that is suitable for people with osteoarthritis and for the amount of degeneration YOU have.
All this has to be targeted at the joint and you can find out how to do this in my How to Treat Osteoarthritis Naturallyseries. There are books for the hip, knee, ankle, foot & toes, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, finger & thumb. They are priced at just $19.99 and you can get them here.
Will Using All These Osteoarthritis Pain Management Methods Make You Pain Free?
Of course not. Like almost any part of life you will have your ups and downs but the affected joint will be functioning the best it can and so those bad times should reduce in both time and intensity.
For example when I clean the house I am always in pain in the evening but it is gone by the next day. I live with it and as I know it will happen I don’t clean the house if I am doing anything in the evening. Does it stop me? No I hate a dirty house and my husband is at work all day while I write on my blog!
So the lesson in today’s ramblings- as my wise friend Harlan put it
“Anything that’s worth it takes and investment in time and effort.”
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