You don’t have to be “old” to get arthritis
I was shocked to hear from my doctor that I have some arthritis in my knee. “Noo, Not me!” I cried . . I’m still quite young and healthy and I’ve never been sick a day in my life. And now here he was – telling me all of a sudden (at least that’s what is sounded like to me!) that I’m old. Creaky joints. Slow movement. Pain. Oh dear . . .
I should have listened to those young energetic people from my local gym who regularly bounced up to me entreating me to join their program. “No,” I protested. “I don’t like the gym – getting all hot and sweaty and expending all that energy for no useful reason.” They persisted but I was stubborn.
So now I am paying the price. To keep my joints well lubricated, and to slow down any further deterioration, I am doing strengthening exercise every day. And i am learning Tai Chi. This is a very gentle form of exercise and the Tai Chi I am learning has been especially developed for people living with arthritis. Not only is it very relaxing, it also helps to develop good balance.
Scroll down for more information about different types of arthritis and the types of foods that may help. As yet there is no cure. It’s just a question of managing symptoms with anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers. See your doctor before deciding on any exercise program.
Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis are the most common types, but there are others.
What can you eat that might help to relieve the pain?