A few years ago I noticed myself groaning when I reached down to pick things up from the floor, and shortly afterwards I started to get pain in my right hip and my wrists.
I could no longer open jam jars, or on a bad day unscrew the petrol cap on my car. Sometimes, I had to hold my right wrist with my left hand in order to use a pencil or paint brush and I couldn't lift up heavy pots or pans in the kitchen. In regards to my hip, sometimes I had to walk downstairs backwards. A year ago, almost to the day, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my hip and was offered an artificial hip. I was astounded, just starting retirement I felt I was too young for a hip replacement! I had not had a diagnosis on my wrists, but assume it to be rheumatoid arthritis because they have become very hot.
Instead of going straight for the hip replacement surgery I decided to try oil pulling, from Chinese medicine, and exercising my joints daily; which I am convinced helps.
Although I haven't completely ruled out surgery I would rather try life style changes first. My attitude is, why not try it? What have you got to lose?
Other things I try to do are: praying, keeping hydrated, eating a spoon of coconut oil daily and cooking with coconut oil. I am also now starting to exercise on a trampoline. Trampolining improves bone density and helps joints. It also helps to activate our lymph system, which carries away unwanted toxins inside our joints. So far I've gone from standing and bouncing without leaving the trampoline to 10mins a day, mainly jumping and running on the spot.
I look forward to hearing about what other people are doing and wish you all good health!