As of this week, I’ve started taking fish oil to see whether it helps with my arthritis and/or the collection of aches and pains I deal with daily. I’m taking a higher dose, as that’s what the studies have shown to be effective on arthritic inflammation and pain.
Granted, the studies appear to focus on rheumatoid arthritis — as of right now my arthritis is believed to be osteoarthritis, although a) it doesn’t respond to traditional NSAIDs and b) I still have unexplained swollen and painful tendons in my arms and knees. (Yes, I know RhA is an easy thing to test for, but when you’re busy dealing with and paying for the very painful herniated disc in your cervical spine, there isn’t a lot of time and money left over to look into the “comparatively lower priority” rheumatoid arthritis deal. :/ welcome to chronic illness.) Even though the focus may be RhA, there are still both studies and anecdotal evidence clearly linking fish oil to (standard) arthritic relief. Plus there are other health benefits and almost no drawbacks — it’s definitely worth a try.
I’m going to try to post a general “state of the union” update once a week to track whether the addition of the high dose fish oil regimen has made any difference for me. There isn’t much else I’m changing right now so it should be a good record of how effective it is on my poor broken ass. Wish me luck!