Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Update On Fish Oil

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on January 24, 2012 ][ In Medical and Health Information ]

Back in September I wrote about the benefits of fish oil, one of them supposedly being that it was good for achy joints.  I promised to report back after taking fish oil for at least 12 weeks so here it is.  First of all, let me say I have not taken the recommended 4 pills a day for joint pain relief.  If I have to take that many honking big pills a day, you can forget it.  There, confession is out of the way.

Second, I must also say that I have switched from Meloxicam, the drug which made my stomach hurt, to Celebrex, more expensive but easier on the stomach.  So I have been taking Celebrex at the same time as the fish oil.  I did that because I hurt so much in my lower back that I couldn’t wait 12 weeks for the fish oil to take effect.  However, I ran out of Celebrex about 7 to 10 days ago, so I decided to see how I felt off the drug.  For the first several days I was amazed that I had no pain.  I was beginning to believe the fish oil was working, even on 1 pill a day.

But the last two days, I have started hurting again and will be headed to the pharmacy later today.  (It is now 6:13 a.m.)  This may be due to the fact that I went dancing into the wee hours at the Rhumba Room Saturday night plus had a few really vigorous workouts close together.  Maybe all that extra exercise finally put me over the edge.  Whatever the cause, I’ve got to get back to a pain free state again.

Constant pain really wears you down and makes it difficult to be in a good mood and to do your regular activities.  When I hurt, I tend to snap at people more and be really crabby, as do most people.  Therefore, it is so important to do something for constant pain.  You should consult with a physician first to find out what is wrong and to follow his or her advice.  Don’t ignore pain, wherever it is, or try to treat it yourself if it doesn’t go away after a couple of days rest and some Motrin or Tylenol.  If you have really severe pain, see a doctor right away.  And for heavens sakes, don’t take someone else’s prescription medication!

Exercise can be really good for certain types pain and helps keep achy joints moving more comfortably.  Obviously, pain from an injury needs rest, not exercise unless it is physical therapy from a licensed professional.  The more I sit around, the more my joints get stiff, so movement definitely helps.  Soaking in a hot tub also helps those stiff joints or muscles as does massage so consider both therapy, not an indulgence.

So what do I think about the fish oil?  I plan to keep on taking fish oil as I felt really good for several days off the Celebrex but I do plan to take two pills a day now.  Plus there are heart benefits to taking the fish oil and I’m not aware of any potentially harmful side effects.  I’ll report back in another couple of months on the increased dosage.  I’m not convinced it works for joint pain for everyone but I’m willing to try.  I’m also thinking of visiting my doctor again soon especially the foot doctor to discuss my other foot which has begun to hurt in the bunion joint.  (I hate my feet.  I’ve worn sensible shoes, tennis shoes and flats most of my life and yet I have painful bunion joints.  It’s just not fair!)  Anyway, here’s hoping you have a pain free week!

Upadated on January 24, 2012

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