Our weather has turned considerably colder today, which I wasn’t quite ready for. But as I sat down to start typing today’s post I realized my arthritis isn’t flaring up at the sudden cold and damp weather. I was diagnosed with arthritis as a young child and by my teens tried to put a brave face on not to let friends, or my children, see the pain I was in, but some days it was so bad there was no way of hiding that I just couldn’t make my fingers work.
So what happened? Five years ago, I gave up. I had tried everything to deal with the pain and couldn’t function many days. I went to my doctor who was shocked I was asking for pain medication.
Instead, she asked me to try something else before I resorted to pain medication. She explained that there were side effects to taking pain meds, but none as a result of trying what she was asking me to try.
I was definitely game, no side effects! What my doctor asked me to do was wear copper. She told me to find a copper bracelet I liked and follow these directions.
- Never take it off, to sleep, shower, do dishes. Wear it at all times.
- Don’t rush to wash off any green marks resulting from wearing the bracelet. The green marks are the body’s reaction to the copper and it means the copper is getting into your system. Wash your wrist when you shower, but not more than once per day.
- Give it time to work. Your body needs time to let the copper build up to relieve the pain.
I was asked to give it 3 months time and then come back to her if I needed to.
Here’s the bracelet I found. It was made by an artist and sold through a local business. I paid $25 for the bracelet which is much cheaper than a prescription
I never needed to go back to my doctor with a complaint about pain. I began to think about the copper pans my grandmother used to cook with, the one’s she got rid of when non-stick pans became the latest craze. Could I have been helped years ago by cooking with copper pans? I’ll never know the answer to that one, but at least no longer dread the changing weather.
If you have arthritis pain, why not give this a try. After a while my body became adjusted to the copper and I rarely get marks on my skin from it, but it still keeps me pain-free.