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As many of you, I struggle daily with chronic hip and knee joint pain that’s been ongoing for about 10 years. This summer in the South has been one of the worst summers in regards to my joint pain because it rained so much. And yes, it is true, the weather truly affects my joint pain and the rain makes it ten times worse.
Let me be real for a moment: chronic joint pain can be absolutely debilitating. It’s a daily reminder of everything I’ve been through and it can be frustrating and limiting all at once. There are days where I can barely get myself out of bed because I don’t see a reason to try with how much pain I’m in. There are days where my entire life revolves around my joint pain and I’m at its mercy. I try my hardest to not let it dictate my attitude or completely destroy my life, but it’s a daily battle.
Anyway, about halfway through the summer, I realized that I couldn’t just take medicine every 6 hours, daily, to try to mask my joint pain. That isn’t a healthy way to deal with my pain and it isn’t healthy for my body. Dustin and I decided to start researching alternative methods to combat my joint pain and came up with several solutions that have really helped me combat joint pain, even on the rainiest days.
Before I share my strategies, I first want to say that I am NOT a doctor. You should consult with your doctor before you make any drastic changes to how you deal with your joint pain! I am simply sharing my own personal lifestyle changes that have helped me!