I want to continue our discussion of "easy" ways we can treat arthritis by starting with the toughest issue of all: weight. Like it or not, increased body weight is not good for your knees (or your hips, your back, your blood pressure, your...). I could give you lots of statistics like, in the past 15 years obesity rates have doubled, or one out of three kids are now considered obese. I could tell you this, but there is an easier way: go down to the local supermarket and look for yourself.
Notice I said supermarket- not Main Street or a high school basketball game or a Town Hall meeting. In these latter three examples, people made a choice to do an activity they don't have to do. When it comes to shopping for food, EVERYONE does it and thus you'll see a big cross-section of your local population. Start keeping a tally as you walk down the aisles. Unless you live in a college town, you will be horrified.
What we have done in America, and more and more around the globe, is build ...
Alternative Names Menstruation - painful; Dysmenorrhea; Periods - painful; Cramps - menstrual; Menstrual cramps Home Care The following steps may allow you to avoid prescription medications: Apply a heating pad to your lower abdomen (below your belly button). Be careful NOT to fall asleep with the heating pad on. Do light circular massage with your fingertips around your lower abdomen. Drink warm beverages. Eat light but frequent meals. Follow a diet rich in complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, but low in salt, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. Keep your legs elevated while lying down, or lie on your side with your knees bent. Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga. Try over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen. Start taking it the day before your period is expected to start, and continue taking it regularly for the first few days of your period. Try vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium supplements, especially if your pain is from P...
Peripheral artery disease; Claudication; Intermittent claudication; Vaso-occlusive disease of the legs; Arterial insufficiency of the legs; Recurrent leg pain and cramping; Calf pain with exercise
Talk to your doctor about the cause of your leg cramping and about what to do at home to relieve it. A healthy diet is important tokeep atherosclerosis from getting worse.
A program of daily walking for short periods, and stopping for pain or cramping, may help improve function.You MUSTstop smoking.
Avoid placing hot or cold items on legs. Avoid tight shoes.
Have your doctor check any non-healing wounds on the lower legs and feet.
Call your health care provider if
There are many other causes of leg pain such as arthritis or low blood potassium. However, some causes of leg pain may be life-threatening such a blood clot in the legs. Seek medical attention if you have:
Leg pain that does not go away
Legs that are red, hot ...
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