Health Topics: Home Remedies And Possible Causes For Painful Joints

Learning how to identify the cause of your pain, and researching your treatment options is essential in preventing continued damage or deterioration of your condition.

Living with painful joints can be at best distracting and at worst, a debilitating condition for millions of people.Learning how to identify the cause of your pain, and researching your treatment options is essential in preventing continued damage or deterioration of your condition.See your doctor for an initial diagnosis and discussion of medical or physical therapy recommendations.

Causes:

Joint pain can be caused by many factors.An accurate diagnosis is important to effectively treat joint pain.Here are some points to think about when determining the cause of your pain.

Can you move the joint or is it misshapen?A dislocation of the joint may be the culprit if you experience this after an injury.Seek medical treatment immediately.

Do fever, chills, nasal congestion and nausea accompany your joint pains?This temporary joint pain may be due to Influenza, and will most likely pass in due time.Drink plenty of fluids and get your rest to recuperate from the common flu.

Is your chronic pain worse in the morning or after rest? You may have Osteoarthritis.Although most common in persons over the age of 50, Osteoarthritis can affect persons of any age.

Is your pain accompanied by warmth around the joint, swelling and redness?This may indicate Rheumatoid arthritis, which is best known for the inflammation, accompanied by the joint pain.

Do you suffer from an intense and sharp pain around your feet, leg or ankle?You may want to talk to your doctor about the possibility of Gout.A change of diet can often take care of this most often temporary condition.

Do you spend a lot of time out doors in wooded areas or have pets that do? Do headache, tiredness and a bullseye rash accompany your pain?If so, see your doctor immediately for treatment of Lyme's Disease.

Home Remedies:

Once diagnosed you may want to combine conventional medical treatment with some home spun remedies used by people throughout the ages.



To help ease the pain"¦

Rubs:

Mix 1-ounce sweet almond or sesame oil and 3 drops oil of cajeput.Warm slightly in microwave or double boiler and apply to the joint area.

Combine 4 ounces ground pepper and 1 pint of apple cider vinegar.Keep the mixture in a jar for 2 weeks, shaking daily.Strain out the pepper, and rub into sore joints or muscles.

Mix a small amount of peppermint or wintergreen oil and baby oil, and rub onto affected area for a temporary numbing of the joint pain.

Cayenne pepper (also known by its more familiar drugstore name, Capsicum) can provide relief when used in a massaging oil or cream.

From your herbalist:

Geranium and white willow bark may be used for their natural pain killing properties.

Chamomile has proven helpful as an anti-inflammatory agent and may provide relief when taken in tea form.

Drink Up:

Cut 3 oranges, 3 lemons, 3 grapefruits and place in a large jar for 24 hours.Add 3 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 1 tablespoon Epsom salt, and a quart of boiling water.Let sit for another day.Mash the mixture with a potato masher or your bare hands, and then strain.Drink 5 ounces before each meal to help with arthritis pain.

Over the counter pain killers such as aspirin and ibuprofen may help to relieve joint pain, as will some alternative medicine treatments such as Aromatherapy, Acupuncture and Visualization and Relaxation techniques.Common sense things such as maintaining a sensible body weight, and an active lifestyle, despite chronic pain, is also very important in encouraging your body to work with you, instead of against you.

Whether your joint pain is due to over exertion from participation in sports or physical labor, or is a chronic condition due to arthritis or injury, taking control of the pain and your response to it is pivotal in how you live with joint issues.There is a lot of information on the subject as so many of us deal with it on a daily basis.Researching the topic, and taking advantage of networks available may be your first step in decreasing the degree in which joint pain affects your life.

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