Seeking Help for Arthritis and Stomach Problems
Hi, I'm 83, female, and have attempted to follow a healthy diet ever since I was 26. However, recently I've hit a bad patch. I have arthritis and had a knee replacement a few years back, but enjoy walking and until approx 9/10 weeks ago, usually managed 3/4 miles a couple of times a week. I'm also prediabetic and cannot shift the weight so decided to try walking every day for a week to see if that would help. After the third day of walking, I was in agony. Arthritic pain in both hips, base of spine, pelvic area, knees, behind knees, calves, right hand and wrist. Went on holiday a fortnight ago despite the pain, and did more walking, and found I had problems getting in and out of the car.
Arrived home from holiday and had telephone appointment with the doctor, and she advised blood tests, which have all come back normal apart from a rise in my blood glucose levels. She's also prescribed some strong pain killers. But I do not feel well and this morning after attempting to clean my tiny kitchen and bathroom, which took about an hour, I felt totally exhausted and had to climb into bed.
Along with all the pain, my digestive system does not appear right. I'm experiencing pain in the area of the breast bone when food is travelling down. Could a faulty digestive system cause exhaustion?
Over the years I think I've been the supplement queen, and have taken borax for a long time but it hasn't stopped arthritis from developing. I've also taken a lot of turmeric and black pepper, and in light of all the recent pain have added MSM.
Anyone had similar experiences or can offer any advice?