I never thought I would get arthritis. I thought arthritis was for old, cranky people whose dispositions had somehow settled into their joints.
Little did I know that it was the arthritis making them cranky, not the other way around.
A few months ago I started to get all these weird stiffnesses. My right ring finger would no longer move smoothly - it would not move at all, then suddenly pop into place. My right shoulder got so painful that I could not lift my arm over my head without screaming like a girly-girl.
Our newspaper carries a medical advice column, Dr. Gott. The cool thing about Dr. Gott is that he will toss out folk remedies and let his audience do a kind of populist testing.
One of his folk remedies that his readers swear by is grape juice and Certo pectin for arthritis (another is sleeping with a bar of soap under your sheets at the foot of your bed for leg cramps). The recipe is 3 or 4 ounces of grape juice to 1 tablespoon Certo liquid pectin, taken once in the morning and once at night.
Sounds weird, but it worked for me. My painful, stuck joints are completely normal, even though I have tapered off the Certo and juice to about 4 or 5 times a week. Better than Vioxx any day.