Riders with Arthritis

In September 2011, I started experiencing the effects of Arthritis.  Some days are better than others, with manageable pain and moderate stiffness.  Other days it seems to be all through my body.  And of course, it can and has affected my riding.  

I'd sure love to hear from others about how you are managing your Arthritis, what you are doing to feel better and tips on what works to help you keep riding comfortably.

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Comment by shannon lewis on September 23, 2013 at 10:17pm

now for 7 severely put a cramp in my life. Mainly in the area of fatigue, but the pain can make me quite discouraged as well. Although I keep riding anyway, I do find that my desire to do things is much deflated from before contracting it. The main things I have noticed that cause flare-ups in me, are stress and depression. The most important thing for me to combat this insidious disease is to make myself do the things I love. The things like riding, biking, painting that transport me and bring me tranquility are what keep me most healthy. I'm also on pretty strong medecine as well, which if I didn't take, I'd be in a world of hurt. But my main love...horses, is the best medecine for me. It keeps me active and moving my body, as well as releasing endorphines, which is a natural pain reliever. Adrenaline also is a natural pain reducer...which comes along with riding mountain trails for me. Now, when I get off...I'm a little stiff, especially landing on my feet, so I try to step off on a mounting block. But overall, fortunately my pain isn't activated by riding.

Hope this helps.


Comment by Zoe Bremer on July 29, 2013 at 12:21pm

I have rheumatoid arthritis and find that riding, walking and certain types of dancing all do me good.

Comment by dori hollander on May 27, 2013 at 6:47pm

I do no see any recent comments. Maybe you are all better now.. I hope so!!

My RA is still there. I feel especially tired this year because the I had to move. I spend most of my time cleaning . The other barn went bankrupt. It was soo beautiful. It even had heated floors in the winter. A hudge arena... They didn't pay their bills. I think the stress of moving is not good for anybody. I hope to get back in the saddle soon! I just seem to have a mental block about it.  My horse acts different now too.

Comment by Jan Jollymour on March 1, 2012 at 2:59pm

I don't have arthritis, I have fibromyalgia.  Are you sure, Nora, that you have arthritis?  

I also have good days and bad days, and a lot of total body pain.  My doctor and I have come up with a regimen which is helping a lot:  more calcium and magnesium than usually recommended (3 x per day), flaxseed or coldwater fish oil capsules (6000 mg. per day in 3 equal doses), one 15 mg. tablet of Meloxicam per day, and occasionally, if I've been riding multiple horses or I'm overtired, one or two of Tylenol's Body and Muscle Pain tablets.  

The other thing which helps a LOT is movement.  I know, moving feels horrible at first, but keeping things moving is, in the end, less painful and less debilitating than seizing up.  I'm sure Jackie would second that.

I'm with Marlene about the calcium/magnesium, and for sure about the beer.  Ditch the pop, and learn to drink water, which is a lot better for you, but definitely keep the beer!

Comment by Marlene Thoms on February 10, 2012 at 10:04am

Here's a deal for you, keep the beer, diet pop, aleve, and most of whatever you are eating;but  lose the smoking and polyunsaturates (corn oil, margarine). All smokers quit eventually, sooner is better than later. Good luck.

Comment by Nora Robinson on February 9, 2012 at 4:36pm

well right now for me, Aleeve seems to work well.  I only take it on especially bad days, and 1 pill seems to do the trick.  I've been doing a lot of reading on diet and Arthritis.  Of course there are lots of suggestions, especially about cleansing the system, and certain things to avoid which are fairly obvious. Right now I am a smoker, drink diet pop, and am fond of having a cold beer now and then.  These are all at the top of the list for things to avoid!  So I have a big task ahead of me to eliminate them.   

Comment by Marlene Thoms on February 9, 2012 at 3:45pm

I used to take Vioxx till it caused me some problems, then they banned it. Then I loaded up on ibuprofen, but that had its own problems too. So I have found a vitamin combo that seems to work better than NSAIDs without the risks, each element is important to get the total improvement I have so far. Vitamin C (time release, as your body uses it up quickly), D, calcium and magnesium, in larger amounts than those suggested by RDAs. If you haven't been taking these before the effect is not instant, but you should notice some improvement in a couple of weeks, and more in a couple of months. I only use tylenol occasionally now and I don't feel like I desperately need it, as I did when not on all these vitamins. I still do moderate stretches and exercises each day, and try not to overdo regular chores and exercise all in one day. I think I'm going to try Jackie's suggestion of the Evening Primrose Oil, just for the heck of it.

Comment by Jackie Cochran on February 8, 2012 at 8:59pm

I find that the GLA does help some with general pain, no side effects.

A local feed store told me that some of their customers swore by Active-Plex Senior--  These people took it themselves as well as giving it to their horses.  This is a horse supplement.

Tumeric, a curry spice also available in pill or tincture also has good reviews as an anti-inflammatory.  It did not seem to help my MS but that is no reason why it could not work for you, by then I was taking the GLA and lots of herbs.

I'm glad you are getting a gentle horse.  I am even more glad that you are going to board him out, taking care of him at home would not be good for you, too much pain.

Capsaican (sp?), better known as red pepper has extremely good reviews as a surface treatment for pain, and taken internally it increases endorphins in the human body.

As always, check with your doctor or a doctor or good nurse that has some experience with this.  You DO NOT want herbs that interfere with medicines you are already taking!!!!!  



Comment by Robin Fleener on February 8, 2012 at 8:17pm

Any one have any suggestions as to how to manage pain control without taking so many toxic drugs?

Comment by Robin Fleener on February 8, 2012 at 8:15pm

Jackie & Nora, Not only do I have arthritis but am loosing all cartlidge between my bones. It is very painful to have bone rubing bone. I gave in and had a hip replacement in 2007 which I had to have completely taken out and another put in 3months later. Gees I would not recomend it to anyone. It sounds as if you have found something that works for you Nora. Is there any way to get that in pill form or herbs? Im not sure it would help me but with the rest of my body acting like my hip did Id just about try anything to avoid more joint replacement. I take alot of pain medication but that messes with my memory and God only knows what else. I have not had a horse for over a year and a half now but just added "Shammy the gentle Paint" to my family. He has not came to live with us just yet because I am looking for a stable to board him right now. I decided I would not spend my life regreting because of pain. It's the only thing I feel would make me feel worse than I do now.


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