Hello, six weeks ago I was told by my doctor that I have degenerative osteoarthritis. I had been having back problems for quite some time but I thought it was because of a fall I had. I have started physiotherapy but it isn't going well. I can't handle much movement or I get too much pain. Because of other health problems I can't use NSAIDs so I am hoping to find some alternative supplements I can use.
I have read about glucosamine, omega 3's and devil's claw but would like other options.
Your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio is vital when it comes to inflammation and reducing inflammation will enable you to manage your osteoarthritis. An anti-inflammatory diet is the best natural treatment for inflammatory diseases like osteoarthritis. Food is medicine!
People rightly recommend fish oil because it is rich in omega-3 and your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio needs to be in favour of omega-3 to prevent inflammation. Taking fish oil is not a miracle supplement, though, it will not negate a bad diet high in omega-6.
Thanks for the information! I want to have a few things to try. Do you know how long I should be trying each one before I give up on it? Is there anything else?
I have had OA for years. Recently I have started using Omega-3 Fish Oil capsules, and have had excellent results. Two to three a day reduces the inflammation in my back and thus reduces the pain. I am so glad that I started using it. I recommended them to a friend, suffering with the same proiblem, his pain is also being lessened. Good luck.
If you are going to try these, I would use one at a time with a constant dose and keep a journal about how you feel so that you can do the fairest comparison. Try each one for 3 weeks at a time. It may take a while but it is going to give more time to account for those bad days and good days that happen.
This is more complex than I thought about. You are very scientific. Thank you for helping with the way to do this.
I have a device that I wish to tell you about. I use this on a daily basis myself, its called the Miracle Trigger. When I was first diagnosed with OA I was in constant pain, my doctor had me on NSAIDS but I didn't want to become addicted to pain pills. I started taking supplements, but even these didn't help 100%. Then my sister who owns one of these devices herself bought one for me, and at first I was hesitant to use it, so she used it on my knee for me. I was amazed that within few days the chronic pain was gone. In fact, now that I have gotten use to how this device feels I use it myself every day regardless if I'm in pain as sort of a therapy to manage my pain. As I said before the device is called a miracle trigger, and its advertised as being able to help relieve stress, but it also help relieve nerve pain, which is actually the most common pain associated with OA. I don't know if you would have the same results that I have had with it, but any relief would be better then the pain you are no doubt experiencing right now unable to take pain pills.