Figured I would post this here instead of in the Nutrion section do to hopefully more responses.
Recently I have been diagnoised with form of arthritis called polyarthritis more or less immune auto-inflammatory type that is effecting all of my joints, seems almost constantly but enough times where the pain can be quite high and cause constant deep body pain and joint pain.
So my curiosity is directed to those that have arthritis rather rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, or whatever how
your cycling helps or enhances your well being as well as crank or gears that you use that put less stress on your joint.
I have been cycling since the early seventies, started as a rehab tool after my discharge form the Marine Corp's and I really have no plans on giving it up what so ever.
I find hammering like I use to do in the harder gears seems to excerbate the pain and joint inflamation, and i just really enjoy a very hard, hard all outtype rides; but spinning does not seem to do much better.
I have good days and bad days lately seems to be more bad.
Though I live in Texas where it is relatively flat currently I use 53/39/12-25 on one bike and 53/42/12-25 on another bike and I am wondering if something like a compaqct crank would be more beneficial or just changing the the rings to something like 39/48 or 50/39.
Don't reallyknow if this would even help. Durng the rides I feel ok even though my ankles andkee's hurt at times it is mostly the next day.
I do have some pain meds, but I really want to stay away from them as long as possible, and currently pop about 6 iburfon a day
I would really appreciate any suggestions or wisdom iin whaqt anyone else has experienced with riding and forms of arthritis.