Initiating these anti inflammatories is life changing and require a certain amount of understanding. Your health provider is unlikely to be able to give you answers. They are untrained and usually uninformed. All this information comes from research on my part and my attempt to make it all come together in one place.
So what to do and what to take. Again look up here on this blog or else where anything you do not understand. You are in charge. Keep in mind that reducing inflammation reduces pain and ageing.This is quality of life stuff. Really!
Here goes. Take 10000 units of vitamin D daily. Check your level after 3 months for guidance to increase or decrease your dose. Always take magnesium to avoid problems. There is a increased need for magnesium when taking vitamin D. I prefer magnesium chloride, otherwise known as magnesium oil. Applied to the skin it is easily absorbed and helps with pain or cramp control in the area applied. Read.
Probiotics. Take probiotics with meals. They will change gut flora and you will feel better. I use sauerkraut that I make myself. Pills are available. Keep in mind there maybe a herxheirmer reaction. If this happens realize it is part of the healing process. Read.
Cut out added sugar products. Stop grains as much as you can. Whole grains are not much improved over drinking soda. Don't do that either. Recognize your decision to eat these things are influenced by the bad gut bacteria communicating with your brain to eat more sugar. by way of the vagus nerve. Read.
Realize that a human body contains as much as ten time the number of bacteria cells as human cells. We are in symbiosis with bacteria and in many ways act as a hotel for bacteria. Having friendly bacteria in our body reduces inflammation and tends to lift depressive tendencies. Read.
I am seeing more and more proof that Boron is one of those elements that is lacking in the soil where vegetables are grown year after year. Take six mg a day. Realize there maybe a herxheimer reaction to this also. This element reduces inflammation and yeast and fungus in our gut.
K2 is made in our gut as a reaction of probiotics to food. There is no way to measure this. It is important in that it tends to keep calcium out of our arteries. Picking a proper probiotic is important. Multi strain and supports k2 production are primary concerns. Read.
Also realize that I did not initiate all these things at once. This information has come to me over a period of decades. I suspect that initiating these changes may make it difficult to understand what is improving your life. I can assure you that all are contributing to a improved quality of life.
If this was me, just reading this for the first time, I would initiate the probiotics early and perhaps wait a month before I started the Boron. Or vice versa. Both of these can initiate herxheimer reactions.
Realize that this journey is to a improved quality of life and that you will see changes and the changes will be progressive over a period of months.
Almost all our serious disease are result of factory foods, poor diets, and additives that increase inflammation and all diseases. These changes improve immune function and reduce cancer and heart disease. We all get older and eventually die. My aim is to improve quality of life and longevity. As a adult you can choose to do so also, or not. It is up to you.
By the way, you will lose weight also.
So what to take in place of them that is safe? First is a product of Turmeric called curcumin. It is four percent of turmeric and is the anti inflammatory portion of the spice. The problem with curcumin is that the blood level stays up for just a short time and then it needs to be repeated. By adding bioprene ( a part of black pepper) to curcumin it will last several hours. Side effects essentially none. It does change bowel colour to bright yellow and may show up in urine. All good things because this spice is anti cancer. It has actually been shown to turn off polyps so they don't give you bowel cancer. Hard to believe but true. There is no need to worry of overdose. Very very safe in just about any dosage. Read.
Second...another good thing for pain control. A product called boswella serrata. Take up to 1500 mg a day. Never heard of it before? How about Frankensense. The same thing the kings brought to the new born Christby the three kings. it is derivative of that.
Lastly "Devils Claw" a root from Africa. The people of Namibia dig it up and dry the roots. They have taken it for hundreds of years for pain. I have taken these for years. Take these all in divided doses. Pain relief is such that you may need dosing three times a day.
Where do you get this. I suspect about any health food stores, but it is probably a lot cheaper on line. Need I say this. Read up on these things before you take them. Be knowledgeable. Make your own decisions.
Lastly, do I take Advil, Aleve or asprin. Yes I do, but only for break through pain when I do something excessive. I only take a single dose it get me over the hump, so to speak. The danger from them is almost non existent when used this way maybe once a week.
At age 76 this works for me and others.