What Can Help Me Reduce Joint And Muscle Pains?

Imani Asks...

"I get really strange joint/muscle pains. They come on very suddenly and it’s more like a feeling of needing to stretch/shake out the joint. it's not so much painful as a tightening or a pressure...it's very hard to describe. It affects my fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders in the joints and muscles and sometimes my leg muscles, not the joints. I have a massager that I sometimes use all over the bits that hurt which seems to help, but I really need a better solution when it gets too bad."

Imani, this sounds awful and I suggest you visit your doctor or rheumatologist to figure out what is going on. It might be a condition called fibromyalgia which is muscle pain in multiple muscles.

One thing you can do now, is to take an OTC medication such as Anaprox (naproxen) or ibuprofen. Warm showers or baths can help in the short term, too.

Other culprits are low levels of Vitamin D and magnesium. Omega 3 fatty acids, glucosamine, and chondroitin supplements can be very helpful for muscle and joint pain.

Antioxidants of any type are helpful for any painful conditions because pain is due to inflammation (oxidation is its technical name), hence antioxidants from food or supplements can be very beneficial.

Other options include a form of acupuncture called dry needing, physical therapy, biofeedback, nerve blocks, exercise like walking, yoga, aromatherapy. The key is to keep moving.



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DR. HAYHLEE CLARENCE ND

NATUROPHATIC DOCTOR

Dr. Clarence has a Doctorate of Naturopathy degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is a strong advocate for conventional care, recognizing that when possible, naturopathic medicine functions best alongside medical treatment.