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Back, Joint and Muscle Pain, The Misery of the Elderly Help!!

By August 1, 2022No Comments

What Is It, What Causes It, How to Relieve It?

This is a series of very serious articles on this subject. I hope to clarify some misunderstandings you inevitably have regarding the subject of pain that you probably experience from time to time, or in the case of the elderly, much of the time. That is why you see an older person shuffling along – it hurts to move! But however often it occurs it certainly destroys the quality of life we need and want. And while the majority of humans who suffer from it are elderly, it may hit at any age.


Do you really understand what causes pain in your joints, upper, middle, low back, shoulders, knees, or muscles? We are going to give a name to some of the things that hurt, and then define each and describe how each is created and causes pain, followed by methods to alleviate it by treatment, medications, diet and supplements. This is not a medical treatise, but it is not a trivial waste of your time, what will be presented is based on scientific fact and research. You will learn by reading this series.


The Human Body


Let’s look at the human body, the mechanism that experiences this pain.  It is a mechanical contrivance constructed of an inner support structure made of a basic calcium substance called bone. Connected to the bones are protein-based substances called muscle, which, prompted by electrical impulses through a wiring system called nerves, give motion to the whole affair. The whole mechanism is a miracle of creation that was developed to endure for a limited period of planned obsolescence which deteriorates and becomes inoperative in a limited amount of calendar years. During this time the mechanism is given possession of a highly misunderstood quality called life that undergoes birth, growth, and then death through various factors, and during its effective life span has many internal operational difficulties which can be summarized in a word called pain. This pain may have several degrees of severity from temporary and tolerable to intolerable causing a breakdown and inoperability and cessation of life. This is what we are to explore here.


Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Fibromyalgia Definitions


You probably know of these by name and have even said you suffer from one or all of them at one time or another. But I guarantee you have not understood what they are and how they affect you.

  • Osteo: means bone.
  • “itis” : A suffixused in pathological terms that denote inflammation of an organ (infection
  • Rheumatic: Rheumatic joints are swollen and painful because they are affected by rheumatism.
  • Fibromyalgia: a chroniccondition characterized by pain, tenderness, and stiffness of the muscles and joints along with fatigue and anxiety
  • Fibro: Fibrous tissue as in muscle.
  • Myalgia: Painin a muscle or a group of muscles


The Bad Boys of Back and Joint Pain

Osteoarthritis: the most common form of arthritis, involves the wearing away of the cartilage that caps the bones in your joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the immune system attacks the joints, beginning with the lining of joints.

Fibromyalgia:  The fibrin muscle(the fibro of Fibro-myalgia) builds up around the micro-arteries where tendons join to the bones and partially plugs these tiny blood vessels.  The combination of the fibrin tightening muscle tissue and causing pain from blocked blood supply (ischemia)

Many times, a person may have some or all of these at once and getting a diagnosis and means to handle may be confusing for the handlings are different. We will take up Osteoarthritis first.

Osteoarthritis and Inflammation

Osteoarthritis is the most common ailment people have in this genre of maladies. And as in all cases, pain is caused by inflammation which must be handled to end the pain. This brand of arthritis is primarily from wear and tear on the heads of the bones which wears down the Cartledge creating inflammation of the joints. The delightful flexibility and smooth movements of the body of youth speaks of the healthy condition of Cartledge, and the creakiness and painful movement speaks of wear and tear of the aged. The treatment for this condition is different from the other two diseases mentioned.

Chiropractic, pain killers and NSAIDS, (aspirin) are often used, but here is what I do for my problem. I use stretch exercise, nutrition and supplements.

I stay away from sugar and cigarettes and more than a couple of beers or glasses of wine at a time, eat green cruciferous vegetables and I love my red meat for protein.

Supplements I Use

Here are the supplements I use:

  1. Curcumin is from the turmeric root, which is one of superfoods in itself with powerful anti-inflammatory properties.  I have it in a morning shake.
  2. Vitamin D
  3. Omega-3 fatty acids. (Fatty Fish, Salmon, Mackerel)
  4. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.


Next Issue Rheumatoid Arthritis and Then Fibromyalgia


Each of these grim maladies that trouble man is a bane on his existence. We will discuss these two remaining diseases next and then as a grand finale’ all three again in a harmony of potential solutions. So hang with me.


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