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Alternative Names Hypertrophic osteoarthritis; Osteoarthrosis; Degenerative joint disease; DJD; OA; Arthritis - osteoarthritis Symptoms Pain and stiffness in the joints are the most common symptoms. The pain is often worse after exercise and when placing weight or pressure on the joint. Your joints become stiff and harder to move over time. You may notice a rubbing, grating, or crackling sound when you move the joint. The phrase "morning stiffness" refers to the pain and stiffness people feel when they first wake up in the morning. Stiffness usually lasts for 30 minutes or less. It is improved by mild activity that "warms up" the joint. During the day, the pain may get worse with activity and feel better when you are resting. After a while, the pain may be present when you're resting. It may even wake you up at night. Some people might not have symptoms, even though x-rays show the changes of OA. Signs and tests A physical exam can show: Joint movement may cause a cracking (grating) sound, call...
At the risk of sounding somewhat like a "Polyanna," I keep trying to find the blessings in having osteoarthritis. I was diagnosed 12 years ago, and have had nine orthopedic surgeries since that time . Since I live in Illinois much of the year, I found the massive heat and humidity this summer to be excruciating! My doctors have experimented with a variety of pills, lotions, potions, and creams with me, but I have had very little pain relief from any of them (the meds, not the doctors).
I really am grateful that many of the doctors in America have become quite skilled in joint replacements - things that are not even considered in many countries. At times, I do resent the pain I've gone through as well as having to re-learn to walk several times. I try to keep a stiff upper lip and a sense of humor about much of it, but I will admit that I recently informed one of my surgeons that the fun in learning to walk was beginning to wane.
So when I get over my pout, I hav...
What are Green Lipped Mussel Extract supplements, and
should I be taking them for my osteoarthritis?
New Zealand is a beautiful
country. My family lived there when I
was 2 years old. Although I don't
remember it well, I was left with many memorable pictures of its people and
landscapes. Perhaps because my family has fond memories of our stay there, I
have always found myself partial to it.
There is a supplement that originated in New Zealand that has been gaining increasing
attention in the U.S.
I am speaking of green-lipped muscle
extract supplements. The scientific
name for the supplement is Perna canaliculus . If you have spent time on the Internet
looking for arthritis supplements, you may very well have run into this one.
idea behind green-lipped mussel extract supplements is that the extract
contains a mixture of glucosamine, omega-3 fatty acids, and a variety of
minerals that are purported to help arthritis sympt...
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