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Dick Rees

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Aging, arthritis, joint pain...
« on: July 05, 2019, 03:11:58 PM »


As a life-long musician it was inevitable that I'd have to deal with issues of repetitive stress, nerve damage and other debilitating injuries sooner or later.  I post this to offer hope to the afflicted.

Over the past ten years or so I experienced increased joint swelling in my thumbs, index fingers and even my big toes.  Sharp pains developed making it intolerable to offer or receive a simple handsgake.
Painful twitching spasms in my toes signaled the onset of a gout-like condition and began to diminish the quality of my nightly rest.

Good news!!!

After consulting my chiropractor, my masseuse and various friends in the medical profession, I can report that 7 months after a change in diet I am almost pain free (90+% reduction) and the swelling in my joints has been noticeably reduced.  What changes were made?

SUGAR.  I cut down on or eliminated all foods with refined sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or any of the chemical sweeteners so rife in todays foods.  This seems to be one of, if not THE bad actors.

 N.B.  ALCOHOL is sugar concentrate.

SALT.  Reduced my intake by about 50%.

ANTI-OXIDANTS.  I increased the number of ingredients in our diet (I'm the cook in our house) with anti-oxidant properties and added tart cherry juice to my daily regimen.  I also advocate the use of arnica in its various forms, both oral and topical.

Please feel free to ask any questions or share your own experience.  I wish you all good health and pain-free skweezing.

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Re: Aging, arthritis, joint pain...
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2019, 03:22:39 PM »

That's good news Dick.

I have arthritis too in my knees and fingers but keep it at bay in a similar fashion to your regime. I also take vegetarian glucosamine hydrochloride tablets once a day which also seems to help significantly (I notice if I stop taking them).

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Re: Aging, arthritis, joint pain...
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2019, 10:42:11 PM »

I have arthritis in  fingers of both hands, toes and right shoulder.     Its counter intuitive  but the more I play the easier it gets  so eg most days I play morning and evening for around half an hour to exercise  the digits etc.   If for any reason I can't play for a few days it gets worse again.  As one medic told me 'use it or lose it'  and certainly in my case that was very good advice and has also enabled me to cut down on prescribed anti inflammatory medication

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Re: Aging, arthritis, joint pain...
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2019, 12:23:34 AM »

I have arthritic joints all over the place! Sometimes they're very painful, and sometimes they're not. My experience, so far, has been that when the "disforming" is actually occurring, they hurt like mad, but when they stop, the pain eases dramatically.
I've stopped taking/applying anti-inflammatories and painkillers as I've found that they take quite a long time to really have much effect, and then I'm left seriously wondering if the pain would have subsided by then by itself?
Thankfully, this hasn't affected my being able to play, yet. But I tend not to play for more than 30 to 45 minutes at a time.
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