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Arthritis Diet - Relieve Your Pain

People who suffer from arthritis are always looking for ways to relieve their pain. One way to ease or even prevent it is through an arthritis diet. There are some arthritis diets that some people will swear by, but have never been proven to make a difference. There are some diets that make a definite difference according to health experts.

First we'll take a look at some arthritis diets where there's little or no evidence that they actually make a difference.

One of the most common arthritis diets is to eliminate potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and most peppers. While the diet won't do any harm, it hasn't been proven to affect arthritis at all. Another arthritis diet seeks to reduce the acids in one's body eliminating sugar, coffee, red meat, most grains, nuts, and citrus fruits. It's intended to be followed for just one month. People may feel better because they lose weight which reduces the stress on their joints, but again there is no evidence to support this. It also excludes many sources of vitamin C which is essential in fighting arthritis. Drinking green tea has been shown to reduce the effects of rheumatoid arthritis in mice, but there are no conclusive results on human studies yet. Shark cartilage is supposed to relieve arthritis. Animal and lab studies show promise, but there are no human studies to support this yet.

 

Not let's take a look at some arthritis diets that have been shown to work. Switching fats can reduce inflammation. Eating fats found in red meat and poultry have actually been shown to increase inflammation. Switching to cold water fish can help reduce the inflammation. Using corn, safflower, and sunflower oils also helps. Another arthritis diet is the ASU (avocado-soybean unsaponifiable). It has been shown to relieve osteoarthritis, stimulate cartilage repair, and lessen a patient's need to NSAIDs to control pain. Ginger has been shown to ease pain and inflammation as well as protect the stomach from gastrointestinal effects from taking NSAIDs.

 

Glucosamine is a supplement that relieves pain in some patients with osteoarthritis. It helps the body rebuild cartilage, but can take up to two months to see the effects. If you are allergic to shellfish, check with your doctor before taking this as it is derived from crab, lobster, or shrimp shells. Before taking any supplements talk with your doctor as some can interfere with or worsen side effects from your medications.

 

Of course the best arthritis diet is a good old-fashioned well balanced diet. Eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables, and go easy on fats and cholesterol. A heart healthy diet is especially important to patients with rheumatoid arthritis as studies have shown a link between this disease and heart failure. Vitamin C is good for repairing body tissue. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium, build bone mass, and prevents bone loss. Calcium helps strengthen your bones. If you are on medication, ask your doctor if he/she recommends taking vitamins. Some medications can create vitamin or mineral deficiencies. When choosing your arthritis diet, be sure to talk with your physician as different types of arthritis have different needs.

 

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This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. Since natural and/or dietary supplements are not FDA approved they must be accompanied by a two-part disclaimer on the product label: that the statement has not been evaluated by FDA and that the product is not intended to "diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease."

 

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Symptoms of Arthritis

 

Arthritis symptoms can vary depending on what type of arthritis you have. Arthritis can affect several part of the body and can be caused by several different factors. Although many of the arthritis symptoms may be similar, there are also some differences. Here are a few examples of arthritis symptoms.

 

Ankylosing spondylitis is arthritis of the joints in the spine. It is also known as Marie-Strumpell disease and rheumatoid spondylitis. This disorder affects multiple organs such as eyes, heart, lungs, skin, and gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms of this arthritis include: low back and hip pain and stiffness; difficulty expanding the chest; pain in neck, shoulders, knees, and ankles; low-grade fever; fatigue; weight loss. Initial arthritis symptoms are uncommon after the age of 30, although patient may not be diagnosed until after then.

 

Bursitis is another form of arthritis. Bursitis usually affects the hip, shoulder, and elbow. But it can also affect the knee, heel, or base of big toe. Usually this affects athletes, golfers, baseball players, or people who are out of shape and have poor posture. This arthritis' symptoms are pain and stiffness in the joint. Arthritis symptoms become worse when joint is used. The joint may also be swollen and warm to the touch.

 

Juvenile arthritis symptoms are similar to the adult symptoms. There is pain, swelling, and joint stiffness. Symptoms can come and go. Young children especially do not complain about their arthritis symptoms. Parents may not notice until they see their child limping, avoiding physical activity, or acting unusually clumsy.

 

Gout is a form of arthritis where the body has too much uric acid. The symptoms of gout arthritis are intense pain in the joint (usually the big toe). It may also become red, swollen, and warm to the touch. At times, gout can occur in the wrists, ankles, and knees. Arthritis symptoms may not come back for several years. But if crystals formed by the uric acid are left untreated, it can destroy part of the bone.

Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an overactive immune system. Arthritis symptoms usually start out as minor stiffness and pain. It may come and go, but eventually the arthritis systems get worse and more frequent. Treatment for this is most effective if caught within the first few months.

 

If you have some arthritis symptoms, contact your doctor. Treatments are always more effective if they are caught in the early stages. You can also get more information on arthritis symptoms from the Arthritis Foundation.

 

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Arthritis Pain--How To Avoid Accidental Acetaminophen Poisoning

 

Accidental Poisoning from Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is the most popular painkiller in the US. It is best known by the brand name Tylenol but is sold under 97 different brand names. It is known as paracetamol in many parts of the world. It is also sold in combination with other drugs in more than 100 products.

 

Osteoarthritis is the most common form in older people. It is brought on partly by long-term everyday use. Depending on which part of the body is affected, arthritis symptoms may vary. Most people with osteoarthritis in their fingers don't even know about it unless an x-ray reveals deterioration in the cartilage. Arthritis symptoms are standard with pain and swelling. With osteoarthritis though, even though the arthritis never goes away, the pain fades over time.

 

During cold and flu season, people who take acetaminophen for arthritis are at risk for acetaminophen poisoning. Taking just twice the recommended dose of acetaminophen can cause acute liver failure. Unfortunately, this has already happened to an alarming number of people because it isn't hard to do. Two years ago, more than 56,000 people visited the emergency room due to accidental acetaminophen overdoses and 100 people died from unintentionally taking too much. Worse yet, the numbers appear to be growing.

 

How Can This Happen?

This happens so easily because acetaminophen is found in many different products. If you are taking the maximum recommended dose of just two acetaminophen-containing products, you can easily take an overdose.For example, the maximum recommended dose of acetaminophen per day is 4000 mg. That equals 8 extra strength acetaminophen pills per day. You might easily take that much for arthritis pain.

 

Now let's say you get the flu and decide to take a Cold & Flu product for your aches and stuffiness. Many of them include acetaminophen as the primary ingredient for reducing fevers and aches and pains. So, that will dose you with 1000 mg of acetaminophen every 6 hours or another 4000 mg a day.

 

By taking both products at the maximum recommend dose, you put yourself at risk for acute liver failure.

The problem doesn't end there. You might get a head ache and pop some Excedrin. That's 500 mg more acetaminophen per dose. Maybe you are in a car accident or have some dental work done. Prescription narcotics like Vicodin and Percocet contain from 325 mg to 750 mg of acetaminophen inside each pill. That can quickly add up.

Other Acetaminophen Complications for People with Arthritis

 

For some people, arthritis is caused by suboptimal detoxification pathways. Such people do not have the level of enzymes necessary to carry out the sulfoxidation necessary for a body to properly process and detoxify acetaminophen. In these circumstances, even the recommended level of acetaminophen may cause acetaminophen poisoning.

 

Furthermore, this same pathway is necessary for detoxifying many of the chemicals we are exposed to in our environment and through our food. This means that our detoxification system can also be weakened through chemical exposure. Similarly, if we swamp our system with acetaminophen, we don't have enough detoxification power left to fully deal with all the other assaults in our daily environment.

 

If you have any known food sensitivities or chemical sensitivities, it is best to assume that your sulfoxidation pathways are already challenged enough, without adding the extra burden of acetaminophen in your system.

 

How to Avoid Acetaminophen Poisoning

Carefully read the label of any cold or flu medicine or painkiller that you are considering to ascertain how much acetaminophen it contains. Healthy young adults should never exceed 4000 mg/day total from all sources for short term use. For long-term use healthy young adults should never exceed 3250 mg/day, according to clinical pharmacist Sandra Dawson, RPh, MSHA who lectures on pain management in long term care.

 

People who are vulnerable to damage from acetaminophen should take no more than 2000 to 3000 mg per day, according to Dr William Lee of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. This lower maximum dose includes the healthy elderly since liver and kidney function generally decline with age.

 

At age 25, author Barbara Allan developed a type of arthritis similar to rheumatoid arthritis. Within a few years she ended up using an electric cart to get around. She is now completely free of arthritis and writes about arthritis treatments that work. For a free subscription to her newsletter visit: http://www.ConqueringArthritis.com

 

Immune-Mediated Arthritis

Your pet has been diagnosed with immune-mediated arthritis. Symptoms topically include reluctance to walk or move and/or painful, swollen joints. There are two broad types of this condition, one caused by infection in the body (less common) and one caused by "autoimmunity" (more common). Both cause fever and both appear similar to the pet owner and to the veterinarian. It is important to differentiate between the two types of disease because the treatment for one is in direct opposition to that for the other. When immune-mediated arthritis is caused by infection in the body, the infection is usually not in the joints themselves.

 

Rather, the infection is often deep seated in the body, for example, in the uterus or prostate, on a heart valve, in a kidney, on the spine, or elsewhere. The infection may also be body wide, such as those that result from the bite of a tick, such as Lyme disease, or those caused by internal fungal infections. Minor or superficial infections in the body do not usually cause this disease. The presence of inflamed joints resulting from an infection elsewhere in the body is similar to the human condition of "achy joints" in the presence of influenza (a human lung infection). In this instance, the infectious virus itself attacks the lungs, yet the body's immune system that fights off the infection attacks the joints as "innocent bystanders," making them sore and inflames.

 

Typical tests to find the source of internal infection would include a thorough physical examination, routine screening of blood and urine samples, and a bacterial culture of the urine. More advanced testing may be indicated depending on the specific case and your geographic area and may include radiographs (x-rays) or ultrasound examination of the body, serologic (blood) tests for the presence of an infectious disease, and/or a bacterial culture of the blood or spinal fluid.

 

In all cases, an analysis of the fluid that bathes the joints (synovial fluid) is necessary to make the diagnosis of immune-mediated arthritis (either type). A small needle placed into the joint after the pet has been given a light sedative is all that is needed to collect a sample. Analysis of this fluid can aid the veterinarian in determining whether an infectious or autoimmune condition exists. Usually, however, the diagnosis is made by reviewing all test results and relating them to the patient's history and physical examination findings. When the infection in the body (if present) resolves, either through antibiotic treatment by the veterinarian or spontaneously, the inflammation in the joints (arthritis) almost always resolves permanently as well.

 

If a thorough examination and testing have not identified a source of infection in the body, the condition is termed "autoimmune" arthritis. An autoimmune disease is one in which the body's immune system (the circulating white blood cells and molecules that fight infection) has malfunctioned. Instead of performing its intended job, the immune system has been misdirected and has begun attacking parts of the body itself. In autoimmune arthritis the attack occurs at the lining of the joints. The reason for this misdirected attack is not clear but could be related in some way to the animal's genetic makeup. Certain breeds of dogs are prone to this condition, and there is an age group and gender association. A typical dog with this disease is a 2- to 6-years- old large, female "sporting" breed dog. However, almost any age, breed, or sex of dog or cat may develop this disease.

 

A particularly debilitating form of this disease, rheumatoid arthritis, typically affects aging, smaller to toy breeds of dogs. Autoimmune arthritis may occur by itself or may be part of an attack on several areas of the body, such as part of an attack on several areas of the body, such as systemic lupus. Lupus is a generalized autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks not only the joints but also the skin, kidneys, nervous system, blood cells, or other organs. The cause of lupus is not known but is presumed to be at least partially genetic. Treatment for this form of the disease involves "turning off" or suppressing the immune system, thereby alleviating the inflammation in the joints. The drug most commonly used for this purpose is prednisone (cortisone). Prednisone itself is usually enough to treat the disease effectively.

 

Common side effects of prednisone include increased water drinking, increased urination, increased appetite, weight gain, and panting. These effects are bothersome but not serious and should dissipate when the dose of the medication is decreased. Sometimes more potent immunosuppressive drugs need to be added to the protocol. In this case, care must be taken to avoid too much weakening of the immune system. This requires careful monitoring and regular blood checks by the veterinarian. In approximately 50 per cent of animal treated, the medication is eventually withdrawn over a period of many weeks to months and the prognosis is excellent. The remainder of affected animals has relapses with symptoms during gradual withdrawal of medication. Most of these relapsing cases are managed effectively with some tolerable dosage of medicine that needs to be continued for the long term or indefinitely.

 

The goal of therapy in chronic or relapsing cases is to administer the minimum effective dose to control symptoms. This minimized some potentially troubling side effects of the medication.

 

The above is general veterinary information. Do not begin any course of treatment without consulting your regular veterinarian. All animals should be examined at least once every 12 months.

 

From the Textbook of Veterinary Internal Information: Client Information Series. W.B. Saunders Company. All rights reserved.

Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital and its cat-only affiliate, Coastal Cat Clinic, are small animal practices located in Pacifica, California. To find a veterinarian or to learn more about the vet clinic and our staff, visit:[http://lindamarvet.com/]

 

Manifestations of Arthritis

 

One of the most common conditions in the United States today is a debilitating inflammatory disease that affects our joints. It is estimated that there are over 100 different forms of this disease and over 40 million people suffer from one form or another.

Though typically thought to be an affliction of the aging, arthritis can affect anyone at any time, and with all of the different forms, each with their own symptoms, it could be hard to determine just what type of arthritis an individual is suffering from.

 

The signs and symptoms of arthritis are varied, though some of the first symptoms are familiar and easy to recognize. Symptoms such as general pain or swelling around the joints, an increased stiffness in the joints in the morning, a cracking sound in the knees when standing, and joints with a red appearance that feel warm to the touch are all signs of arthritis.

 

However, before you rush to purchase an over-the-counter arthritis treatment, you should talk to your doctor. Your doctor is the only one who will be able to tell you what form of arthritis you may have and how to treat it.

 

MSM MSM 250

MSM stands for methyl sulfonyl methane and represents another nutriceutical anti-inflammatory agent. MSM is present in most plant and animal tissues and is a natural source of sulfur; however, for commercial sale MSM is derived from DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide), a solvent that comes in both medical grade or industrial grade. Because it is a nutriceutical and thus not required by the FDA to be subjected to tests of safety or efficacy, its effectiveness is still up in the air. There is a tremendous human market for this product, thus little motivation for manufacturers to finance expensive testing of this nature.

 

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis that plagues sufferers. It affects the joints and is a systemic disease that can affect other organs. Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms tend to disappear after sometime, but the problem is still there. The true cause of rheumatoid arthritis is presently unknown, though many suggest that things such as infections, fungi, or bacteria are the culprits. However, there are also those that believe that rheumatoid arthritis is hereditary. Painful and swollen joints are a common warning sign of rheumatoid arthritis, followed by muscle pain, extreme fatigue, redness and warmth at the joints, even a low grade fever and appetite loss.

 

Next to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis is a common affliction, caused by breaking down of joint cartilage. Osteoarthritis commonly begins in one joint and typically only affects the one joint. It does not move to internal organs. Osteoarthritis commonly affects the knees, hips, hands, and spine. By the time the pain starts setting in for an osteoarthritis sufferer, the damage to the affected joint cartilage could be considerable.

 

Relieving pain from a form of arthritis can be as simple as over-the-counter or prescription medication. However, in the most severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Being overweight can also play a role in arthritis. Some physicians believe that a change in diet can ease the pain of arthritis, though there is a lot of debate on the topic. Regardless, you should speak to your doctor who can tell you just what form of arthritis you may have, and what treatment options may work best for you.

 

Amanda Baker writes for http://tobeinformed.com - a website for health, fitness and wellness information.

Arthritis: Medications for Degenerative Arthritis

Degenerative joint disease is the number one cause of chronic pain in the dog and cat. The condition itself is the result of long term stresses and instability of a joint either as a result of old injury or of natural development of the joint in that individual. While surgery may be able to help in some situations, most of the time the degeneration of the joint cannot be reversed and treatment focuses on preventing progression of damage. Numerous products are available on the market; some are best combined with others and some cannot be combined. The following is a summary of options:

 

ASPIRIN

Aspirin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID. It is effective in relieving pain due to inflammation as is occurring within the arthritic joint. It has the advantage of being readily available and inexpensive. It also has a relatively fast onset of action (other medications require at least one month of use to build up adequate levels in the joint). In some animals, however, it is simply not strong enough or it causes unpleasant side effects such as upset stomach or even intestinal bleeding. Aspirin also deactivates platelets (the blood cell responsible for clotting) and thus can promote bleeding should surgery or trauma occur.

* Cats metabolize aspirin extremely slowly and require a very low dose and a typical dosing schedule of twice a week usage. Dogs can use aspirin up to three times daily.

* Because this medication is available in almost every pet-owning household, there may be a temptation to guess a dose based on the human dose. Do not be tempted to do this. Do not use aspirin or any other medication in your pet without veterinary guidance.

* Enteric coating of aspirin has become popular in human products. This coating is a problem in animals and creates unpredictable absorption. This becomes dangerous when enteric coated aspirin tablets do not digest in the stomach and instead collect in the stomach until a toxic dose is reached. To avoid this disaster, use either aspirin made specifically for pets or aspirin with a powdery covering rather than the "hard candy" type enteric coating.

 

RIMADYL AND ETOGESIC

These medications are also NSAIDs. They were developed as an improvement upon aspirin and other NSAIDs developed for humans for which side effects have been problematic in animals. Rimadyl and Etogesic are both designed for indefinite use in dogs with minimal side effect potential. Rimadyl is given twice daily and Etogesic is given once daily.

 

Typically a short trial of one of these is prescribed to see if the effect is worth continuing; as with people, some individuals respond better to different NSAIDs. If the effect is good, then the medication can be continued. Some blood testing is recommended prior to long term use and every 6 months thereafter.

 

* Approximately one dog in 5000 will have a serious liver reaction to Rimadyl. Animals with histories of elevated liver enzymes, pre-existing liver disease, Cushing's disease, or phenobarbital use should probably not take this medication.

* Neither of these medications should be used in cats.

 

GLUCOSAMINE AND CHONDROITIN SULFATE

These products are cartilage components harvested chiefly from sea mollusks (i.e., cartilage is made up of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate). By taking these components orally, the patient is able to have plenty of the necessary building blocks needed to repair damaged cartilage. It is also felt that these products may have some anti-inflammatory properties separate from their structural uses. Unlike NSAIDs, these products do not produce rapid results; one to two months are needed for them to build up to adequate amounts. There are numerous products available combining glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, assorted vitamins, creatine (a muscle building block), omega 3 fatty acids, and more.

 

* Because these substances are classified by the FDA as nutriceuticals (i.e., nutrients with medicinal properties) rather than as drugs. The usual rigorous testing for efficacy has not been required. As a result, the optimal dosage has not been determined and almost every product has a different dose recommendation. Some experimentation may be necessary.

 

* These products are not likely to be helpful for spinal arthritis as the joint composition of an intervertebral disc (the joint of the spine) is totally different from those of other bones.

 

* These products can be used in both dogs and cats.

* These products often complement treatment with NSAIDs.

 

ADEQUAN® INJECTIONS Adequan

Adequan® is a polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, which is also a cartilage component but instead of coming from sea mollusks, adequan is derived from the windpipe cartilage of cattle. Adequan has numerous beneficial effects for the arthritis patient including the inhibition of harmful enzymes involving joint cartilage destruction, stimulation of cartilage repair, and increasing joint lubrication.

 

* Adequan is given as an injection and so is able to reach all joints but it seems to have a special affinity for damaged joints.

 

* Adequan should be avoided in patients with blood clotting abnormalities as a matter of caution. (At excessive doses tested in normal patients, abnormal clotting resulted so it is best not to take a chance in an abnormal patient.)

* Adequan is best given as a series of injections, twice a week or so until a response is seen but not exceeding eight injections. After an effect is seen, Adequan injections are given on an as needed basis.

 

* Adequan is formally approved for use in dogs and horses but may also be used in cats with good results.

* Adequan may be combined with NSAIDs and with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.

 

OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS

Certain fats have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. While this finding has primarily been utilized in the treatment of itchy skin, many arthritic dogs and cats have also benefited from supplementation. While there are no toxic issues to be concerned with, these products require at least one month to build up to adequate amounts. Effects are not usually dramatic but can be helpful.

 

* Omega 3 fatty acids can be used in dogs and cats. * Omega 3 fatty acids can be combined with any of the above treatments.

 

* MSM can be used in dogs and cats. * MSM can be combined with any of the above products.

 

SUPEROXIDE DISMUTASE (SOD) Comfort Tabs

The usual veterinary product for SOD is called Comfort Tabs. (There is also an injectable product called palosein.) This product is what is called an anti-oxidant, or free radical scavenger. Free radicals are molecule fragments that are unstable due to the presence of an electron that should be matched with electron as a pair. The free radical will attract electrons from other molecules thus creating biochemical chain reactions as free radical molecules steal electrons from one another. This transfer of electrons, called oxidation, is very damaging to cells and can increase the risk of cancer. The inflammatory activity in an arthritic joint is one of many sources of free radicals in the body. The body has natural anti-oxidants to curtail free radical activity but there is a great deal of thought that taking these agents as medication could be helpful in an assortment of situations (from slowing the aging process to the prevention of cancer). While proof is somewhat lacking, SOD does not appear to be harmful and should be able to combine with any of the other products listed above.

 

PREDNISONE AND OTHER STEROIDS

Predisone This discussion would not be complete without mention of the steroid class of drugs. These agents are strong anti-inflammatory agents but with chronic use, can lead to suppression of the immune system, excessive weight gain, and impaired cartilage healing. These are considered a last resort in most cases. See more information on prednisone.Proper exercise is excellent physical therapy for the arthritic pet as it is crucial to maintain as much muscle mass as possible to support the abnormal joint. Massage and gentle flexion/extension of the joint may also help. Remember, treatment for joint disease is likely to involve a combination of medications in addition to physical activities.

 

The above is general veterinary information. Do not begin any course of treatment without consulting your regular veterinarian. All animals should be examined at least once every 12 months.

 

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Immune System - There are several different kinds of allergy, but perhaps the most common is food allergy. As its name suggests, this type of allergy is triggered when a reaction occurs after contact with a particular food to which you are sensitized. ‘Sensitized’ means that you have taken this food before.

 

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