I have arthritis in my thumbs which has started since the menopause. I have found that by altering my diet I am symptom free. I basically avoid sugar, wheat, oranges and tomatoes. I cut alcohol down to a minimum, and if I want alcohol, cider is alkaline so is actually beneficial. Apples and their derivatives e.g. cider vinegar contain the mineral boron, which is also excellent for arthritis. I also take a supplement of 2 boron tablets daily. I, of course, cheat on my diet sometimes, and this is fine as long as I return to my diet again.