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01-04-2018, 03:57 PM
Does anyone here have arthritis? Have you had to deal with it? :confused:

01-05-2018, 03:32 AM
Does anyone here have arthritis? Have you had to deal with it? :confused:

I have Psoriatic Arthritis.

I have an SI.

Twice a year (at least) I see a Rheumatologist.

Once a year I have him write a letter to the FAA that details all of the questions that need to be answered from the SI.

01-05-2018, 12:25 PM
Garden variety osteo-arthritis can sometimes be managed with OTC anti-inflammatories and possibly supplements until/unless it becomes enough of a problem to require medical intervention. Don't let it go for too long, or more damage might occur.

Glucosamine / Chondroitin has had some mixed reviews, but it sure works great for me. After years of taking it, previously injured joints mostly recovered (serious military injuries). Maybe it affects different people differently. Research who makes a quality product, it's not well regulated.

A healthy diet might help with inflammation too, definitely worth trying.

If it's your knees... they might just be out of alignment, this can be caused by age (over 40?), unusual exertion of the legs or imbalanced exertion like hard bicycling or running up hills which works the front muscles more than than back. Your kneecaps are held in the right place by various muscles and tendons, and if some but not others get stronger, or weaker, it can pull the kneecap to one side, causing it to rub in it's cartilage "groove". A balanced regime of leg lifts and leg curls will fix that in about a week.

Other types of arthritis will need professional medical intervention.