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Arthritis Butt Pain and Lower Back Controlled

Updated on October 15, 2012

I am no different than anyone else. I love sweets, french fries, a juicy burger, cookies, chips, carbonated sodas, ice cream. I still eat all the junk, but very small controlled amounts. Instead of 5 cookies limit yourself to one. If you have to have ice-cream, have one scoop and have it only once during the week. If you do not overindulge, you can still enjoy. You won't feel cheated. I know you find this hard to believe. How can something that taste so good, be so bad. The only way to know is to eliminate items and to record the foods that trigger your pain. In my case I also discovered any shellfish was bad for me. For years I had eaten clams, clam chowda, lobster, snails...this was because i grew up in New England. When I moved to a state closer to the midwest, I did not have access to the seafood. My body learned the difference.

Foods That Can Trigger Inflammation

1. chips

2. french fries

3. all sweets

4. pizza(the tomatoes sauce)

5. fast food burgers, restaurant burgers ( any burger not made from grass fed beef)

6. anything deep fried like fried, buffalo wings, potatoes skins

7. Cheese

8. Milk

As I get older, I moderate what I eat regarding arthritis triggers. I also know my body pretty well because I pay close attention. Growing up, I ate just as much junk as anyone else, the difference is, now I am older, much wiser and I know what my body can tolerate. I pick and choose what foods I can live without.

Everyone's body REACTS after eating certain foods. Most people do not pay attention to their bodies. Remember, no one knows your body better than YOU! The doctor you visit doesn't know your body in a 10 minute visit. You have to know yourself, so that you can tell the doctor your symptoms for better diagnosis.

Look Young But Your Bones Feel Old

I discovered that arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that runs in my family. It snuck up on me in my late 30's. It wasn't real obvious. I had some lower back pain, but nothing that would wake me up at night. Fast forward, 16 years later, the beginnings of piroformis syndrome started , burning in my buttocks & lower spine. After physical therapy, chiropractors and acupuncture, the doctor told me I had spinal stenosis. There is no cure. It just gets worse due to aging.

The irony of arthritis in combination with spinal stenosis is you can look young, but your body makes you feel like 90. I hate the idea of feeling old. I also will not let it get the best of me. The only way to combat some of it, is to pamper my body so that I hurt less. You know that stiff achy feeling when you rise from bed or from sitting in a chair. I use to think only old people got this. Now this is degenerative in the spine and it is very painful all times of the day. I have a high tolerance for pain and so the only thing I can do is change my diet, do slow/gentle moving exercises to keep the area from getting too stiff and also to maintain good circulation. I do not want to cause more inflammation doing anything too strenuous.

Tai Chi Taught at Wellesley College In MA.

Tai Chi Modern and Old Style

Exercises liketai chi, stretching, breathing, waist bends are helpful. I found videos to illustrate these exercises. I play them on my lap top and follow along. But you can go to your local recreation center of your town or city to enroll in Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is not for just old people, it is for everyone young and old. Actually if you start young your body and mind will really benefit.

In my opinion any style of Tai Chi is good. Just keep breathing and moving is my motto.

Tai Chi is extremely beneficial to the body, mind, joints, circulatory system and digestion.

Tai Chi, Old Syle

Other Gentle Stretching You Can Do

I enjoy doing the stretching and floor exercises in the morning and night. When I am at work, I am try to stand, walk, do some waist-bends and stretch just to avoid computer eye-strain and to get my blood moving. Every little bit helps arthritic joint, stiff back and back pain.

Foods That Lower Inflammation

1. Sweet potatoes


3. Salmon

4. Broccoli

5. Papaya

6. Blue berries

7. Tumeric

8. Kelp

9. Shitaki Mushroom

10. Green tea

Pamper Your Joints

1. Soak in a tub with hot water and add a cup of Epsom salt. The salt relaxes the muscles and the heat makes your spine feel good.

2. You can use Icy hot patches or roll on to ease some of the pain once a week.

3. Use a heating pad for 15 minutes while reading a good book

4. In the winter while driving turn on the heated seat button, that helps your lower spine.

5.Treat yourself to a massage. Get a referral to see who is licensed and who is good.

Avoiding Surgery

Surgery is not for everyone. I am not going under the knife if I can do it naturally. Only you and your doctor can determine that one. When you go under the knife it is a 50/ 50 chance you will feel better. I am not willing to take that chance. But for those of you who must, I wish you luck.


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      Herniated disc pain relief 4 years ago

      I do so agree with your comments about diet. It will definitely help me a lot. Thanks for posting.

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      I don't think we think about diet until our bodies break down. It makes us re-evaluate. Thanks for stopping by

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I do so agree with your comments about diet. We need to find what foods cause problems for us, personally, as everyone's body is different. Then we have to learn to do without them, there are plenty of other things that we can enjoy eating. I like St. Paul's advice to 'use moderation in all things.' If we over-indulge, we'll probably suffer for it.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Your informative hub has motivated me to learn Tai Chi. I enjoyed the videos. Voted up!


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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      I agree with the health benefits of Tai Chi. I plan on learning it someday when I have more time.