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    I'm just glad to know there's a solution if a person is willing to go with it! I just wish my Mom's wasn't too far gone. She's in the hospital now from a compression fracture in her spine. Dr says her back is a mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windypasswheeler View Post
    I also have osteoarthritis, had a hip replacement 2 years ago at age 46, and started primal this year in an effort to quell the inflammation in my body. I would say my pain levels have decreased about 90%, but I'm still looking for a way to regrow cartilage! I wish I had learned about this 20 years ago, but then I probably wouldn't have listened anyway. I only gave up grains and sugar because I was desperate. Good luck to you, primal really works.
    Thank you, windypasswheeler. That's so encouraging!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bess58 View Post
    Belle and Windy: All that sbhikes says is right. Generally speaking, the primal lifestyle is anti-inflammatory.

    Additionally, you might try bone broth (there is a ton of research on these boards and on the internet) which has not only minerals like calcium but other stuff (sorry, no time to look up what it's called, among others it's the gelatin) that rebuilds cartilage and strenghtens the bones.


    Also, fish oil or other sources of omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. If there is pain, there usually is inflammation too.

    Heavy lifting strengthens bones, joints and ligaments.

    My experience: I am 54 years old. At my age, my mother already had two artificial hip joints (is that the right word in English? Sorry, I'm not a native speaker). My brother, who is eight years younger than me suffers from chronic pain in the hips. When I started having the odd pain in my hips and knees about a year ago I started taking fish oil and making bone broth. Eight months ago I took up heavy lifting. Now I only get pains when I forget to take my omegas for more than a few days.
    I definitely need to do bone broth. I'll get directions and try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jojohaligo View Post
    What do I know? Before if I walked for an hour, my hips would ache for hours and hours. Now I can walk half the day if need be, and there is no aching in my hips.
    That's encouraging. Going to the mall isn't one of my favorites because of joint pain after about 1 1/2 hrs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paleo-bunny View Post
    Solid advice above.

    More omega 3 and saturated fat.

    And cut out omega 6, sugar (highly inflammatory) and deadly nightshade as far as is humanly possible.

    Also, if you happen to have a strong immune system, give it something to chew on by not being afraid of dirt and not keeping your home clinically clean.
    Ok, i will

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmie View Post
    I am 71 but have had osteoarthritis since my mid-30s. Keep in mind that it's impossible to avoid a genetic tendency totally, but you can minimize the damage of arthritis. I currently take NO meds and have controlled pain and inflammation through diet and exercise. In fact, I was resigned to knee replacement because both of my knees have long been 'bone-on-bone.' However, I went to a very good surgeon in NYC (at leading hospital), and he advised me that since I'm comfortable with my limitations and have controlled the pain, I should avoid surgery as long as possible. I'm hoping to avoid it completely--although he warned me that we can only do so much--the pain can 'break through' despite our efforts. But I simply focus on my efforts.

    The key isn't your bones but the level of inflammation in the body that you want to keep very low. Increasing Omega-3 is essential, and unless you eat a lot of fish, I'd suggest fish oil supplements. I eat only grass-fed bison, and keep in mind that conventially raised beef is highly inflammatory. Egg yolks are also inflammatory, and although I love whole eggs, I can tell the difference if I stay with whites only. Eliminate all grains and sugar. If I indulge in a sugary treat (very rarely) I will have pain within 12 hours in all my joints.

    Since I really have no knee joints, I do strength work for the large muscles in my legs because good muscle tone relieves the work of any joints. For years, I swam laps, but my shoulders no longer allow me to swim regularly, so I now take water aerobics classes for more exercise without stressing my joints.
    Oops, i don't think i knew about conventionally raised beef being inflammatory. Ok, now to get busy finding grass fed. Thanks so much for your help!

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