I remember when I was first diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my right ankle at the age of 28.
Up until that point I associated any kind of arthritis with people in their 60s and older. I didn’t think it could happen to me at such a young age. I was leading an active lifestyle and I was determined to not let ankle arthritis get in the way.
I was going to find a cure.
30 Days To A Cure!
Just after I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, I spent a lot of time researching and reading about treatments. There was A TON of information out there. Just a quick search on Amazon and Google brought up all sorts of books and websites on how to cure your arthritis in 30 days or how a new diet or natural remedy that can cure your arthritis. Some of the examples I found looked a lot like these:
- The New Arthritis Cure: Eliminate Arthritis Pain Permanently
- There Is a Cure for Arthritis!
- The Arthritis Cure: The Medical Miracle That Can Halt, Reverse, And May Even Cure Osteoarthritis
- The 30 Day Arthritis Cure
- Arthritis Reversed
Because I really didn’t understand how to treat osteoarthritis properly, I felt overwhelmed. But I was still optimistic that I could find a cure.
I’m pretty damn stubborn too.
So many people were writing about how their osteoarthritis disappeared after this treatment or that one, that I too wanted to find a cure. So I purchased books and read a number of sites looking for ways to rid my ankle of this pain and inflammation.
It took me a good 9 months, at least a half-dozen books and countless websites to realize there wasn’t going to be a cure.
While there was a lot of advice about diet and exercise, I still suffered from the inflammation, limited range of motion, and soreness. Not to mention the emotional rollercoaster from dealing with the ups and downs of wondering how I was going to feel each day as I got out of bed and just not being able to do anything on some days.
My doctor, physical therapists, and friends and family members who suffered from arthritis all told me there wasn’t a cure, but I didn’t want to believe them. I’m a competitive person by nature, and at 28 yrs old when someone told me I would not be able to do the activities I loved doing because of my arthritis, I took that as a challenge to prove them wrong.
Like I said, I’m stubborn.
I guess they were right.
The First Step Towards Finding My Treatment
During those 9 months while I was trying to prove people wrong and find a cure, something interesting happened. Because I was trying so many treatments and so called “cures,” I started to develop a habit of experimenting through trial and error to see what worked. I found more treatments that didn’t work than did. But for the few worked, I still use today, 10 years later, in managing my ankle osteoarthritis.
But I think most of all, I learned to be patient and keep an open mind.
My arthritis wasn’t going anywhere, so once I was able to take my time to find what worked and then incorporate it into my daily routine, I was slowly able to see what worked for treating my arthritis.
Once I accepted that a treatment didn’t work, I didn’t get discouraged and look at that time as a failure. Instead, it meant that I was one step closer to finding something that did work. At first it was difficult because so much didn’t work for me (and even today so much doesn’t), but embracing patience and experimentation has played a huge role in learning to cope with my arthritis.
There may not be one cure for treatment for osteoarthritis…yet, but there is something out there that can work for you, you just need to be willing to take the time to go through the trial and error to find what works for you. Hopefully one day science will give us the cure for our arthritis that we all dream about, but until then we need to take it upon ourselves to learn to manage and cope with it.