Arthritis at 35

Updated on June 06, 2009
C.G. asks from Duluth, GA
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I was wondering if anyone else had early onset of arthritis. I'm pretty sure I have it in a few fingers. I've started taking a glucosomine/chondroitin supplement. I didn't think it was worth the time for a visit to the doctor just yet. Does anyone have any suggestions for keeping the condition from worsening?

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answers from Atlanta on

Hey C.! I am 37 now. I have Rheumatoid arthritis since I was 26 and OsteoArthritis since I was 30. You need to see a doctor. You could have progressive joint damage and make things worse if you dont have everything reviewed and confirmed by a doctor.

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answers from Macon on

I had pain around my waist every morning. I take a patented joint-protection tablet every morning. I haven't had any further pain. If this product doesn't help, what you paid for the product will be refunded to you.
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answers from Savannah on

I have dealt with arthritis since I was 27. The biggest problem for me was regulating meds to keep flares at a minimum and my stomach normal. If it is just minor aches then take a couple tylenol. (These won't upset your tummy.) If your joints start to swell or become inflamed it is WORTH it to see your doctor to look at treatment options. After almost 20 years, myself and my doctor have managed to keep me going without severe flares for years at the time.

Try to stay active and use affected joints.

Best of luck,
D. mother of 4 ages 25,21,17, and 4 !



answers from Atlanta on

Hi C.,

Osteo Arthritis is a bone disorder and Rheumatoid Arthritis is an immune disorder. Both give pain. The doctor should have identified which one you are experiencing. I agree that you probably didn't get enough info or help from the doctor but I'm afraid that is the usual outcome.

Both forms need to be treated the same as far as pain but completely different as far as cause. Glucosomine AND Chondroitin are both good for osteo arthritis HOWEVER, used together they negate the other's benefits so it's like taking nothing at all. My recommendation would be to take a pharmaceutical grade Glucosomine and not the Chondroitin at all. Absorbable Calcium would be wise as well. If the Calcium or the Glucosomine are not pharmaceutical grade ( GNC, Walmart, Cosco, etc ARE NOT good vitamins) it's not doing any good either.

My sister's osteo-arthritis is completely gone and I have friends that no longer suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. As far as Rheumatoid, the immune system has to be strengthened to it's fullest. A good absorbable multivitamin would be the best place to start. Either way the immune system needs to be strenghtened so that the body can heal itself.

Hope I helped! God bless.



answers from Atlanta on

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answers from Atlanta on

Trying to stay away from eggs and meat will help anyone that has arthritis. Basically a mucusless diet will help you out. This link will give you more information about what you can do to help yourself out. Dr. Christopher dealt with rheumatoid arthritis throughout his life. He noticed that if he faltered and ate thing like meat, etc., he was in a wheelchair until it left his system, so he was careful to not do those things and eat better. Here is the link:

I also have friends that take Diatimaceous Earth (DE) grade, of course and it helps with any pain. Here is a website on that. (read the testimonials) I don't know where you are at in relation to me (i didn't look before I started typing), but you are welcome to get some from me....I'd give it 2 weeks.



answers from Atlanta on

Hi C. - I am 46 years old and have had arthritis forever - it seems! I have taken several meds over the years. I started working out with weights about 2.5 years ago. I am amazed at how much this has helped. The mobility in my wrists has increased tremendously. The continued movement has helped.



answers from Myrtle Beach on

Hi C., There are a lot of websites out there for arthritis, it's not really what I would consider early onset at 35.(I've had it since I was 18.) The best thing anyone can do for arthritis is exercise, diet - find out if there is a food trigger that causes flair ups and plenty of fluids. Glucosamine/chondroitin - may or may not help, it does for some people. When you have a flair up, tylenol and rest. If it's in your hands only, get some silly putty, or playdoh to squeeze and roll, it will help keep your hands limber - hide small beads or coins in the dough and squeeze to find them. Whether you have it just in your hands or in other joints, exercise to strengthen the muscles around the joints is a very good in the long run.
Thanks Pam



answers from Macon on

Try limiting your salt also. When I did that, my arthritis was cut down.



answers from Augusta on

I was diagnosed with arthritis in my lower back a little before the age of 35. I went to Physical Therapy for a while (my joints were shifting and pinching nerves and causing pain); he gave me some good exercises to strengthen the muscles around the joints that are affected- now I attend a Pilates class at the Y whenever I can fit it into my schedule for low impact strengthening.

I have not had arthritis in my hands or wrist(I get my blood checked for signs of rheumatoid arthritis periodically and it stays borderline), but do know that while you definitely do not want to put stress on the joints involved, strengthening the muscles around them will help.


answers from Spartanburg on

Alfalfa is a great thing for arthritis. Also know that not all supplements are created equal and you get what you pay for. I am biased to Shaklee as I have used these products for almost 25 years and now distribute them. Here is a lengthy list of things that can help. Some are for pain while others try to correct the problem or effects of the problem to reduce pain. The products listed are Shaklee but you get the general idea of what they are.

JOINT & MUSCLE PAIN CREAM: for instant relief
JOINT HEALTH COMPLEX: glucosamine hydrochloride to repair cartilage
ALFALFA: anti-inflammatory; high in chlorophyll; helps reduce uric acid; anti-stiffness factor
VIVIX: anti-inflammatory, and natural Cox-2 blocker
GLA: anti-inflammatory: reduces joint tenderness, swelling & stiffness
VITAMIN C: anti-inflammatory; important for strong cartilage; anti-stress; assists mineral absorption
NUTRIFERON: reduces inflammation
PAIN RELIEF COMPLEX: for pain relief
CALCIUM/MAGNESIUM: essential for strong cartilage; anti-stress from arthritic pain
HERBAL LAXATIVE: reduces toxins & inflammation
B COMPLEX: helps body deal with the stress from pain
VITAMIN E + SELENIUM: inhibits formation of free radicals which can damage the joints
GARLIC: anti-inflammatory; inhibits formation of free radicals which can damage the joints
BETA CAROTENE/CAROTOMAX: promotes healing in the epithelial tissue; free radical inhibitor
ZINC: promotes healing in connective tissue repairs

Let me know if you have any questions. The list is lengthy but gives you enough info that you could try some other thins and see what works for you. A good multi would hit quite a few of these if you are not already using one.


K. B



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