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I have a diagnosis of arthritis. In my experience, I seem to experience a period of inflammation in either hips or knees for a period of months (I've never really kept track, but maybe about 6 months at a time), then it will fade. I seem to experience some inflammation every couple of years or so.

Currently it's my knees. The pain isn't so bad but I'm trying to exercise and the arthritis is really getting in my way. For example, when I do leg extensions or curls, it's really uncomfortable on my joints, and I don't feel like I can make any progress. I use less weight than I feel my muscles can handle, just to take it easy on the joints, but it's just really holding me back.

My mother once mentioned to me that sometimes a doctor will take some of the excess fluid out with a needle. From a natural/holistic point of view, does this seem like a good idea? I've been googling but I am interested in the natural perspective.

Or does anyone know of other ways to drain the fluid and help ease the inflammation?

FWIW I think the inflammation is at least partly related to a tooth issue I have. I am prepared to have the tooth extracted. I found a very natural/holistic dentist and he thinks I may have to have it pulled but wanted to wait and see a little longer. So, I'm waiting and seeing.

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