Do you live with Joint Pain that doesn’t go away?
If you have difficulty sitting for long periods of time, or deal with joint pain and stiffness that just won’t go away, there may be something more to the story than your doctor has told you. In this post you’ll get a fresh new look at the root cause of your joint pain, and learn the actions you can take right away to mend your stressed joints faster.
1 in 5 Adults have chronic joint pain
According to the Center for Disease Control 1 in 5 adults in the US (that’s 63 million people) and 300,000 kids under 18 have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or rheumatic condition that makes their joints ache, knees, hips, lower back and hands being the most common sites of pain in adults. And the estimates are going up each year. Numbers jumped from 10 million in 2002 to 15 million in 2012, an alarming rate. The CDC projects that number will double to 30 million in the next ten years (2030). They also forecast another million Americans will be affected each year. (see Fig. 1)
Could it be fungus?
If you have joint pain that doesn’t go away, consider one risk factor your doctor may not have told you about. When a persons immune system is running low, you’re more likely to develop a fungal form of arthritis, one that feeds on simple sugars and only gets worse with time. There’s a remote chance of this happening by meds contaminated with fungus microbes. Which is what happened in September 2012, causing a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and fungal arthritis.
But what’s far more likely among the millions of people suffering with chronic joint pain, are the millions of prescription antibiotics dispensed and consumed in the US today. Broad spectrum antibiotics lay out a warm welcome for fungal overgrowth in all the mucous membranes of the body. Why? Because they destroy competing microflora in all their habitats… including the soft lining in all your moveable joints.
Steroids may harm not help
A 2017 study published in JAMA, showed that steroid injections are not helpful for joint pain and finally confirms what many researchers have been saying for years. When the researchers compared results of 140 osteoarthritis patients, those who received steroids AND those who received placebo (saline) saw no significant difference in their pain at any time during the two-year period. Thanks to the placebo effect, pain did decrease a bit in all patients. But there were no changes in joint functioning, stiffness, or walking.
Loss of Cartilage
However, one thing did change significantly between the groups: cartilage thickness. Cartilage helps to cushion the joints, and cartilage loss is the major cause of joint pain. The patients who received steroid injections lost significantly more cartilage than those who got saline. This is exactly the opposite outcome patients and their doctors hope for when steroid treatment is given.
Popping Ibuprofen may not be the answer either
So, scrap the steroids. What about NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds) like Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Relafen or Celebrex? Ask your pharmacist. These were never intended for long term use and they DO erode the cartilage in joints, just as anti-inflammatory steroids do in the study above.
Get to the root
Fungal arthritis is inflammation of a joint by a fungus microorganism that has invaded the body and is growing in the soft synovial membrane of the joint. Fungal infection is a serious condition that can lead to permanent damage with loss of function. If your joint pain was ever preceded by a course of broad spectrum antibiotics, listen up.
Fungal Arthritis on the rise
Fungal arthritis is caused by organisms like Candida, Aspergillus, or Exserohilum species traveling through the bloodstream to set up camp in the joint. Whether encouraged by infection through the blood or injection through a contaminated instrument or med, fungal arthritis can be the result.
According to a medical studies review by the National Institutes of Health, Musculoskeletal Infection by fungi was once rare, but its incidence has increased in the past few years. (link to Review, NIH)
Risk factors you should know.
Some risk factors for elevating fungus levels in the body are the use of broadspectrum antibiotics, chronic emotional stress, repeated use of steroids OR nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory meds (Ibuprofen, Relifen, Naproxen) and a high sugar diet. What Causes Leaky Gut? 8 Risk Factors to Know.
Vital Role of Mucous Membrane in Pain Free Joints
Your immune system is only as healthy as your mucous membranes. They bear the tremendous task of keeping the outside world out of your bloodstream AND keeping your inner juices IN and running smoothly… including your moveable joints. They are your frontline of defense against invaders in the food, air and water you take into your body. In addition to lining all body cavities that make contact with the outside world, they line and cradle organs, holding them in place and creating lubrication to keep your innards moving comfortably as you move about your day. How Healthy Mucous Membranes Keep You Well
What makes your joints hurt?
All your moveable joints have a soft tissue lining (mucosa) located between the joint capsule and the joint cavity called the synovial membrane. This same kind of membrane also lines moveable tendon sheaths and bursae, and it secretes a juicy synovial fluid which fills the joint cavity and lubricates the joint. But if this mucosa becomes inflamed, infected or impinged, we call it arthritis (inflamation of the joint).
Out with the Mold, in with the new!
If you’ve done a dance with chronic joint pain and have not found satisfactory relief yet, consider a 30 day challenge to the potentially overgrown fungus or other microbiota residing in your mucous membranes. If the thought of fungus growing inside your body grosses you out, step back a minute and consider that everyone on the planet, including the robustly healthy among us has a limited number of yeast/fungi living in the mucous membranes of the body. Friendly bacteria, an alkaline diet and a peaceful existence all serve to keep the friendly organisms in control. But, any one of 8 different risk factors can upset the balance and tip your chemistry in favor of fungus.
Other Symptoms of Fungal Arthritis
The infection sometimes occurs as a result of an infection in another organ such as the lungs, the digestive tract, skin or nails and tends to get worse very slowly. The large joints like knees and hips are most often affected. And people with weakened immune systems who travel or live in areas where lots of people suffer from similar symptoms (an ‘endemic area’) are more susceptible to most causes of fungal arthritis. Fungal infection elsewhere in the body can affect digestive, respiration, skin conditions, allergies and fatigue… all in addition to the joint pain you’ve been feeling.
For a list of symptoms of general systemic infection by yeast, mold or fungus, read 100 Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome OR Do I have a Leaky Gut? Body Systems affected by Systemic Fungal Infection.
And now, a few surprising things you can do to relieve ongoing joint pain at it’s root.
First Aid for Joint Pain from My Feel Good Foods
Over the last decade in my work with clients, I’ve honed the following system for relieving both acute cases of joint pain, and the chronic kind. Here are the “good to know”s when a joint or muscle sprain, tear or slipped disc puts you down for the count.
1. Keep the Bowel Moving
For all cases of joint pain, do whatever it takes clear the biggest channel of elimination every day. With back pain, or disc inflammation, you’ll feel the difference increasing your output of stool makes right away. Take 1-2 teaspoons Exodus GI Sponge mixed in juice or water. If you haven’t had a bowel movement in the last 24 hrs, you might want to take a capsule of vegetable laxative like cascara sagrada or senna leaf. If you’re uncomfortable enough, doing an overnight GI cleanse with Exodus is recommended. Each bowel movement will bring another leap forward in relief to your back and achy joints.
2. Cut the Carbs
Avoid all sweets, dairy and wheat (anything that spikes insulin) until the area heals. Elevated insulin means elevated inflammation, and sweet also feeds fungus.
3. Kill the fungus
If this isn’t your first go round with slipped joints, and especially if antibiotic use preceded your joint problems, consider stepping up to a 30 day Reboot to alkalize and restore balance to all your mucous membranes. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed, or your money back. (A guarantee you won’t get from your doctor or pharmacy.)
4. Megadose Glutamine
Glutamine cuts recovery time for muscle repair whether the muscle is being regenerated due to strenuous exercise or because there’s been a formal injury. Torn, pulled or sprained muscles and ligaments respond noticeably to leveling up your glutamine stores. For more on the benefits of supplemental Glutamine, Click Here.
5. Supplemental calcium
Calcium not only aids in the repair of injured joint components but is an acid buffering mineral that has an alkalizing effect on the body. It’s also known as ‘natures anesthetic’. Take double the daily RDA for a few days to feed the need for this alkalizing mineral.
6. Deep tissue massage/heat
Working on a muscle in spasm and applying heat may also bring relief. For a sprain, elevate the injury for the first few hours and send loving thoughts to the site. Icing the injury has NOT been a beneficial factor in this system. If your doctor has other suggestions, certainly take them into consideration.
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