Natural Relief for Joint Pain
Do you struggle to get out of bed in the morning because of stiffness? Do your knees ache? Maybe the simple task of writing a letter is just too painful. These aches and pains are not normal and should never be overlooked.
Arthritis is often in the headlines and gets a lot of attention as the primary reason for most joint pain. However, there are many other possible causes of your muscle pain, joint stiffness, and joint popping. These other contributors may not get as much press, but they can be just as common in contributing to joint pain.
Our joints, unfortunately, can be quite susceptible to both damage and inflammation. They can also be affected by something as ambiguous as hormonal imbalances in the body. Because of the different possible causes, there is no one size fits all prescription for joint pain. Simply put, not all joint pain is created equal. But, finding the root issue is truly the first step towards freedom and pain relief!
- Hormonal changes (thyroid, adrenal, menopausal, etc.)
- Stress and anxiety
- Carpal tunnel (wrist joint pain specifically)
Getting a Diagnosis
When you are unsure of the cause of your joint pain, it is wise to make a trip to your doctor or practitioner’s office for blood work and a physical evaluation. But before you go, it is wise ask yourself these questions to help diagnose the problem.
- When did the pain start? Did anything specific happen in your life happen during this time period like an injury or change in job or family life?
- Does the pain change with the weather or seasons?
- Is there anything causing significant stress in your life?
- What is your family’s health history?
The answers to these questions can help point your doctor in the right direction in diagnosing the problem. Many times we overlook or are unaware of possible causes that may be quite clear to our doctor or practitioner.
Knowing if you have underlying health issues that are affecting your joints is important to prevent unnecessary treatments and drugs. True healing cannot occur by only medicating the symptoms. Plus, you may see other health problems resolve when the true problem is corrected.
For example, if you have a thyroid issue, then you don’t want to address the joints, but rather the root thyroid problem. In this particular situation, isolating the joint pain with treatment isn’t a long-term solution. It would only inhibit healing where the body truly needs it: the thyroid.
Again, doctors and other health practitioners are trained at interpreting both your symptoms and lab work. This is why it is important for you to be very clear about everything you’ve been feeling, both emotionally and physically. Stress alone is known to be a common culprit of joint pain. If lowering your stress is the answer, then why waste your money on expensive drugs?
It might even be helpful to keep a pain symptom chart for a few weeks.
- Does pain occur after a particular activity?
- When did the joint stiffness first occur?
- Did the pain come suddenly or over time?
- Has the pain intensified or moved to any other joints?
Once you know the true cause, it is time to weigh your options and minimize any joint damage. In most instances, a doctor will offer you some sort of prescription medication to remedy your ailment. However, most prescription drugs for modifying joint pain also hail a plethora of harmful side-effects, including:
- Low white blood cell count (increasing your risk of infection)
- Serious birth defects
- High blood pressure
- Bone marrow toxicity
You can take other more natural, safe and effective treatment steps to remedy joint pain. Below, I will help you navigate through the possible contributors to joint pain and their natural remedies.
Hormonal Changes and Joint Pain
Hormonal shifts and fluctuations in the body can contribute to joint pain. If the hormonal imbalance isn’t addressed, then the side-effect of joint pain can be quite common. This is because as we age, hormone levels can drop. This is especially common in women. Hormone induced joint pain can be caused by:
- Low thyroid function (hypothyroidism)
- Adrenal fatigue
Hypothyroidism and Joint Pain
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid is not producing an adequate amount of thyroid hormones for the body, which can cause:
- Weight gain
- Intense fatigue
- Sensitivity to cold
- And even intense joint pain
It can often be difficult to distinguish between pain associated with hypothyroidism and rheumatoid arthritis. This is again is why getting a proper diagnosis is so important.
However, pain relief can be relieved once the thyroid is in proper balance again. There are naturally sourced prescription thyroid medications called Amour and Nature-throid. You may have to specifically request these natural replacements since the synthetic versions are typically prescribed.
Others with a more mild thyroid condition find great relief from thyroid boosting supplements. These supplements generally contain iodine and l-tyrosine, which are both important for thyroid function. My favorite supplement is Europharma’s Thyroid Care. However, there are several other wonderful formulas on the market. Check your local health food store for their recommendations.