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Old 08-03-2018, 04:03 AM   #1
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Pain spreading

I was diagnosed with mild facet joint arthritis throughout my spine a little less than a year ago. My low back pain has been worsening over the last 2 years. But within the last month similar sharp, stiff pains have been transferring to my knee, ankle, wrist and neck. I wake up every morning in extreme stiffness and pain. If I crouch down my knee is in pain it makes it hard to get back up, my wrist is super stiff and I get sharp pains when I try to move or use it for the first few hours of the day, my neck pain causes me to get frequent headaches along the back of my neck and head, my back pain is sharp with extension (I have lost almost all back flexibility), and my ankle pain is different than I've ever experienced (I've had two reconstructive surgeries). It's super stiff and hard to move my ankles without pain and the swell frequently and more than normal. Doctor don't seem to understand what is going on and told me to manage my pain with stretching, ice, and meds. Anyone have experience with this? And does this sound like my arthritis is spreading? I'm only 18 and I really don't want this to be my future

 
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Old 10-19-2018, 02:00 PM   #2
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Re: Pain spreading

Believe it or not, a simple thing like being well hydrated can make a big difference. Drinking some water may be necessary but is not the best way to stay hydrated. Eating a diet consisting of plants that have a high water content is the best way, like salads. For example, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, celery, and any number of other fresh vegetables. Eating lots of fresh fruit can also be very helpful. Hydration is of utmost importance and fresh fruit and vegetables are the best way to do it.

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Old 11-03-2018, 05:17 AM   #3
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Re: Pain spreading

So sorry to hear of your pain. You donít mention which medicines you are taking, and they should be working to reduce the pain. See a different doctor, make sure itís a rheumatologist, and get on good effective medicine asap before your joints get permanent damage.

 
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Old 11-05-2018, 01:03 AM   #4
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Re: Pain spreading

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Believe it or not, a simple thing like being well hydrated can make a big difference. Drinking some water may be necessary but is not the best way to stay hydrated. Eating a diet consisting of plants that have a high water content is the best way, like salads. For example, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, celery, and any number of other fresh vegetables. Eating lots of fresh fruit can also be very helpful. Hydration is of utmost importance and fresh fruit and vegetables are the best way to do it.

I totally agree with this. Once I changed my diet, drank a lot of water, my athritis has lessened and the pain seldom comes. And when it does, it's less painful.

 
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:14 AM   #5
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Re: Pain spreading

Certain diets that are high in animal protein or corn products may be bad for arthritis. Things like corn-fed beef, corn-fed chicken, corn or corn 0il. In other words, any food item that is high in omega 6. Foods that contain omega 3 are better.

It's not so much the amount but the balance between omega 6 and omega 3 that counts. For many Americans the ratio is 20:1, whereas it should be more evenly balanced.

You should be eating an anti-inflammatory diet and too much omega 6 promotes inflammation. Processed foods are also bad, especially baked goods made with white flour and sugar. Fried foods and foods high in saturated fat should be avoided too.

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