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Self-help and daily living for calcium crystal diseases


Following an attack of inflammation it’s important that you get the affected joint and muscles moving through their normal range of motion as soon as possible. Doing a small amount of exercise on a regular basis will prevent any weakening or wasting of surrounding muscle and help the inflamed tissues return to normal. Your physiotherapist can help you and give expert advice. If you have osteoarthritis with CPPD, you should do regular strengthening exercises and aerobic exercises.

Read more about exercise and arthritis.

Diet and nutrition

Crystal deposition isn’t usually affected by your diet. Special diets and supplements are needed only for the very few people who have a metabolic disease (such as magnesium deficiency) or kidney problems which might make them more likely to develop crystals. For general health and wellbeing, however, you should eat a well-balanced diet and avoid becoming overweight. This is particularly important if you also have osteoarthritis of the knee or hip.

Read more about diet and arthritis.

Pain management

Applying an ice-pack around the painful joint is a very quick and safe way of taking the edge off severe pain. You can buy commercially-made versions but you can also make up your own pack using a large pack of frozen peas or ice cubes wrapped up in a damp towel, to protect your skin.

Read more about pain and arthritis.


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