How I Overcame Lower Back Osteoarthritis 

 May 21, 2020

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Years ago, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my lower back. Despite taking medication as prescribed by my doctor, I was in chronic pain and had trouble even sleeping through the night. For years, I feared my active lifestyle had ended.

It wasn’t until I dramatically increased my Omega-3 and magnesium consumption that I was able to experience a pain-free life again. I have returned to teaching yoga classes without limitations and can enjoy my favourite activities once again. Now, I try to help as many people as possible get their lives back and beat osteoarthritis. 

About Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is characterized by the protective cartilage on the ends of bones wearing down over time. This causes pain and further bone damage as bones begin to rub together instead of sliding smoothly over the cartilage of your joint. 

Any joints can develop osteoarthritis, but the disease occurs most commonly in the hands, knees, hips, and spine. 

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Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Catching the disease early can help you manage osteoarthritis. Joint damage isn’t reversible, but you can take steps to manage the symptoms and progression of the disease. 

Signs that you might have osteoarthritis include joint pain, stiffness, tenderness, and swelling. Loss of flexibility and grating sounds or sensations in the joint are also symptoms. 

If you suspect you have osteoarthritis, it’s a good idea to work with a doctor to create a pain and joint health management plan.

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How I Treated My Osteoarthritis

My doctor initially prescribed a daily dosage of 600 mg of ibuprofen and 40 mg of Pantoprazole for pain management and stomach protection from the ibuprofen, respectively. I intended to slow the progression of my osteoarthritis by continuing to practice yoga and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Although I was taking lots of medication, I was still in chronic pain that disrupted my sleep and daily routine. Yoga stretches became a painful chore, and my mental health deteriorated from the pain and my inability to do what I loved. 

Eventually, I grew weary with my ineffective medications, so I stopped taking them. I increased my dosage of Omega-3s, but I didn’t feel any pain relief or improvement in my condition. After a year of frustration about my condition and researching possible cures, I decided to increase my Omega-3 intake again.

Gradually, I increased my Omega-3 and magnesium intake to 5 NeoLife Salmon Oil and 2 Magnesium Complex pills per day, and within several days, I had achieved complete pain relief. I have since decreased my dosage to 4 Salmon Oil pills and still live pain-free. 

If you suffer from osteoarthritis, try supplementing your diet with Omega-3 and magnesium products. I hope people can learn from my journey and achieve results without going through years of failed attempts and chronic pain. 

Prevention

Joint damage is irreversible and can cause negative impacts on multiple facets of your well-being, so it’s essential to take care of your joints throughout your life. Obesity can increase your risk of arthritis and put more pressure on your joints. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight can improve your well-being. 

Supplementing your diet with healthy fats, especially Omega-3 fatty acids, can also keep your joints healthy.

Staying active and healthy can reduce your risk of arthritis and help you manage the symptoms of this disease. Repeated stress on your joints, like the repetitive jolting on your knees from running and joint injuries common in sports, can increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis.

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Low-impact exercises like swimming, cycling, yoga, and Pilates can help you stay active despite joint pain and prevent joint damage. Wearing proper equipment, like comfortable running shoes, can also help minimize joint stress while exercising or working. 

Other Risk Factors

While you can take action to promote healthy joint function, some uncontrollable factors might put you at greater risk of developing osteoarthritis. You are at greater risk if you’re female, over 55, have an inherited tendency or have bone deformities or hemochromatosis.  

It’s helpful to keep your risk profile in mind so you can be on the lookout for early warning signs and keep your joints healthy for longer. 

The Takeaway

Osteoarthritis can be a debilitating disease. Luckily, NeoLife Omega-3 and magnesium supplements helped me return to the active lifestyle I love and maintain a pain-free condition. If you are tired of the daily pain from your osteoarthritis, call me today on (416) 807-5110, and let me help you overcome your joint pain.

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