Lifestyle changes to help manage aches and pains

The Question

A few little changes in lifestyle can make an enormous difference to aches and pains. I was recently contacted on Twitter by a lady called Paula who asked me for advice:

“Can you help? l have painful joints and doctors told me its not arthritis and to take painkillers. it’s in the knees,ankles,elbows. l used to be a runner and l don’t know if it’s to do with that. l do exercise, but some days it’s hard to walk or lift things. What will help? Paula”

I asked her if she had blood tests, X rays and she had and they hadn’t come up with anything negative. I did forget to ask her was about her weight.

Here was my response:

My Response
Hi Paula
Without a full lifestyle consultation it’ll be  hard to know exactly why you are aching so much.

The trouble with some GPs is that they do not always look into diet or other lifestyle factors and they often miss things…and like to dish out pills. However, they do save lives too and have their place. I wish they would work together with us a bit more.

Anyway, diet: is it balanced? Are you eating enough of the right things and are you eating too much of the wrong things? Foods that can aggravate joint pain in some are:

  • The belladonna family; Tomatoes, Peppers, Courgettes, Aubergines and Potatoes
  • Caffeine and Tannin: Excess coffee and tea drinking dehydrated the body and may affect the joints
  • Red meat
  • Citrus fruits
  • other dehydrating drinks such as fizzy drinks, squashes etc
  • refined foods: White bread, rice etc and sugars

It is really important to drink as much pure water or herb teas (unsweetened without milk) as possible.

There are different supplements that people find useful. That is not my field but Glucosamine, fish oils, omega 3 6, 9 come to mind.

Helpful essential oils are lavender, Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, Rosemary (latter not good if you have high blood pressure), Plai and there are others but these are good for a start. For localised aches and pains, my care for joints and muscles is very popular

For a nice bath soak to help then try my Restful Sleep Bath/Shower Gel. It has Lavender, Marjoram, and Roam Chamomile in it and it they are good for muscular and joint tension.

Or you can put the Restful Sleep drops in your bath or mix them into a carrier oil for massage

I hope you find this advice useful. I might blog about it now that I have it all written down! If you are able to get to a good local therapist then that help you too.

Do let me know how you get on and if you need any more info, then do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes Lorraine

The Result

And the a few days agoI received this DM (Direct message on Twitter) from Paula only 20 days after the advice was first given: “Hi there just want to give you a update,my joints are feeling better now,after your advice,so thank you for your help. Paula”.

I am presuming this is just with the dietary advice as Paula didn’t order any oils.

She also posted on Twitter: “Had a problem with my joints and asked for advice from this lovely lady and and with few changes l am getting better ta x”

I often give out common sense advice on diet etc but people in pain so often just want a miracle cure or somebody to do it for them. It is very frustrating because I can help with my therapies but that really needs to be backed up by an effort from the client in their lifestyle.

However Paula did take my advice and is managing her pain now so much better. Well done, Paula!



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