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Is My Joint Pain Caused By Arthritis?

Sep 8, 2008
Each type of arthritis disease (there are over one hundred), has a particular list of causes, symptoms, and intervention methods. Amongst all the variations of the condition, pain is the symptom reported most often. Learning how to manage pain is key for an arthritis sufferer. Although maintaining a healthy weight and even loosing a few pounds, if you are overweight can help to lessen the strain on painful joints. A healthy diet of fresh fruits, vegetables and oily fish is said to help with many forms of arthritis. Some suffers claim that health supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate have been a great help in easing their condition.

When it comes to dealing with arthritis pain, at least you can rest assured in knowing that there are a lot of options available to you out there. Start taking one of the softer forms of treatment and then move on to harder medication if necessary. This means using over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol and Aspirin, those which many of us already use on a regular basis. Sometimes, the painful symptoms caused by the disease can be treated successfully with this medication.

It might be worth trying health supplements such as glucosamine or chondroitin sulphate or fish oils before you resort to prescription drugs. Glucosamine and chondroitin are found naturally in the body and help to build and repair cartilage and to give it elasticity although most supplements on the market are made from fish cartilage so this would not be advisable if you have an allergy to shellfish.

When more pain relief is required, creams and gels applied directly onto the skin may be more successful. Arthritic conditions such as tired, inflamed joints and muscles can be treated very capably with creams. Some of the arthritis creams on the market today contain the active ingredient salicylate, while others are based more around capsaicin or menthol, both which work extremely well also. The most powerful arthritis pain relief of all is arthritis medication, and this can only be prescribed to you by a general practitioner.

Often, the drug prescribed is an analgesic. Even those with allergies and stomach problems are safe to take these drugs and the pain relief they offer is effective. Acetaminophen, a superbly effective and affordable drug, is the analgesic prescribed most frequently. A combination of acetaminophen and codeine is highly established at relieving pain and could be recommended if the patient's pain becomes extreme. The authority of a general practitioner should be sought before taking this.

The drug that works for you may take some time to find but when you do, it will be worth the delay. Stick to your doctor's recommended dosage, maintain communication with them and keep them informed of how the treatment is developing.
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