Polymyalgia is an arthritic inflammatory condition that causes muscle pain, loss of mobility with stiffness mainly felt within the hip & shoulder areas.
Prominently noticeable in the mornings, taking about an hour or so to feel some relief.
It has been found that a diet that is high in acidic forming foods may well be a main contributor to this debilitating condition.
Foods such as red meat, alcohol, soft drinks, processed foods and high sugar intake, may well be an underlying cause to this condition.
Let's have a look at the signs and symptoms of the condition, including the drug treatment and the side effects of this treatment.
Then I will share with you alternative safe, effective non-drug ways of improving this condition
The signs and symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica usually occur on both sides of the body and may include:
• Aches or pain in your shoulders (often the first symptom)
• Aches or pain in your neck, upper arms, buttocks, hips or thighs
• Stiffness in affected areas, particularly in the morning or after being inactive for a long time
• Limited range of motion in affected areas
• Pain or stiffness in your wrists, elbows or knees (less common)
You may also have more general signs and symptoms, including:
• Mild fever
• Fatigue
• A general feeling of not being well (malaise)
• Loss of appetite
• Unintended weight loss
Drug Treatment is usually begins with low doses of corticosteroids
Long-term use of corticosteroids can result in a number of serious side effects. Your doctor will monitor you closely for problems. He or she may adjust your dosage and prescribe treatments to manage these reactions to corticosteroid treatment. Possible side effects include:
• Weight gain
• Osteoporosis — the loss of bone density and weakening of bones
• High blood pressure (hypertension)
• Diabetes
• Cataracts — a clouding of the lenses of your eyes
If you continue to take the drug treatment you will first need to supplement your diet with –Calcium and vitamin D supplements
Your doctor will likely prescribe daily doses of calcium and vitamin D supplements to help prevent bone loss induced by corticosteroid treatment. The American Academy of Rheumatology recommends the following daily doses for anyone taking corticosteroids:
1,200 to 1,500 milligrams (mg) of calcium supplements
800 to 1,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D supplements
However it is important to note that you will still be at risk with other health problems.
Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or naproxen (Aleve), Panadol osteo, Panadeine forte are not recommended for easing the signs and symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica. As they come with their own set of health risks.
Making a decision to Healthy lifestyle choices is the only safe and effective way to manage the symptoms whilst also providing support for your body to heal.
The Changes you can make:
The first step to improved Health lies in Changing your Diet.
Reduce or Eliminate Red meat, make vegetables your best friend. Eat a wide range of vegetables such as sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, parsnips, eggplant, and zucchini. Greens are your best friend giving you magnesium as well as many other nutrients to help maintain healthy muscles, aid detoxification and improve blood flow.
Eliminate dairy except Organic Plain or Vanilla Yogurt.
Reduce your salt intake: The best way to do this is to NEVER add salt to your cooking or meals and keep processed foods to a bare minimum, this also includes bread as these are laden with salt.
Reduce Sugar: Once again processed foods are laden with sugar, soft drinks, even juices. Most processed foods have huge amounts of sugar and salt that will firstly effect the flow of your blood, this leading to heart attacks, high blood pressure, dementia, Alzheimers and reduced limb and body movement.

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