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Have thyroid and arthritis problem. Facing difficulty if missed taking pill. Any natural remedy?

Mar 2013
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Arthritis for my wife since 4 years and thyroid too she has her 2 fingers bent and she finds difficult if she misses the daily tablet . she is terribly hurt when she has pain in her knees/shoulders/ ankles pls let me know the naturl remedy for this..
Posted Tue, 19 Mar 2013 in Arthritis
Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 3 hours later
I assume as she is 34, and on steroids ( betnesol ), you are talking about Rheumatoid Arthritis here.

Although there are various natural treatments that claim to help RA, none of these therapies is fully grounded in science and many have not been completely tested for side effects. Consult your doctor before completely relying on any technique. They are NOT substitutes for her medications.

Many doctors recommend heat and/or cold treatments to reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.Cold compresses reduce joint swelling and inflammation. You can apply a cool compress or ice pack to the affected joint during an RA flare-up to help ease inflammation and pain.Heat compresses relax your muscles and stimulate blood flow. To use heat therapy, you can try a moist heating pad or a warm, damp towel. Many people like using microwavable hot packs. You can also use heat therapy by standing in the shower.

Magnets are commonly said to be a helpful alternative therapy for rheumatoid arthritis pain control. Found at most natural food stores, magnet therapies come in a variety of forms, such as bracelets, necklaces, inserts, pads, or disks.

Many studies have reviewed the use of mind/body therapies for rheumatoid arthritis pain. Mind/body therapies may be helpful when added to conventional treatments. Mind/body therapies may help with stress management. They can help improve sleep and pain perception.
XXXXXXX abdominal breathing can decrease the production of stress hormones and slow the heart beat during stressful times.

Concentrating on different muscle groups, contract, then relax, all of the major muscle groups in the body. Start with your head, neck, and arms. Then contract and relax your chest, back, and stomach. Finish by doing your pelvis, legs, and feet. This is called progressive muscle relaxation. Visualization can help reduce stress and pain. With this exercise, you close your eyes, breathe deeply, and imagine that you're in a quiet, peaceful place. Using visualization during stressful times can be soothing and refresh. Meditation brings about relaxation and stress reduction. It can slow the heart rate and breathing, and help with pain perception.

Studies are being done on tai chi for pain reduction. The movements of tai chi are gentle and graceful, making the practice safe for people with arthritis. Tai chi can also help increase range of motion and joint strength. Some people believe that tai chi has a spiritual component, because it encourages the mind to focus away from pain.

With acupuncture, the practitioner uses stainless steel needles to stimulate the major pathways -- called "meridians" -- in the body. The goal is to stimulate various points targeted at specific areas of the body. Some doctors believe acupuncture needles decrease pain by triggering pain-blocking chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins are known as the body's natural opioids. Other theories suggest that acupuncture may block pain signals.

With biofeedback, you learn to control automatic responses such as heart rate and blood pressure. By placing electric sensors on the body, information is sent to a monitor. You then have to react to stimuli such as thoughts, pictures, or sounds. Working with a therapist, you'll study your body's reactions to the stimuli. The therapist will help you recognize feelings of increased tension and teach you ways to calm yourself.

Exercise, specially water sports is a great buster for arthritis. Do not let immobility grip you further. Also, eat sensibly to maintain an ideal body weight.
Various natural supplements such as Borage, Fish oil. Thunder god vine, XXXXXXX hip extract, water soaks with epsom salt etc might help.

Physiotherapy with a good therapist yields excelles.

Do not allow arthritis to overcome your life and positivity.
Take care, and feel free to ask for further clarifications.
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