Pain Relief and Arthritis

A short article discussing the different types of arthritis and suggested natural pain relief.

According to medical research, if you suffer with arthritis, there is a strong likelihood that you
will also suffer from other diseases. People who have arthritis frequently experience pains in their joints as it is often accompanied by inflammation.  The medical term for joint pain is known as arthralgia. There are in excess of 40 million arthritis sufferers in the United States alone, and all are continuously searching for efficient and effective pain relief. Arthritis is considered debilitating simply because sufferers are hardly able to stand the pain and inflammation.

Arthritis is able to affect many different parts of the body but in the majority of cases, the pain and inflammation occurs on the tendonitis, fibromyalgia, sclerodermal, and joint types or articular. Tendonitis as it suggests, affects the tendons; sclerodermal refers to the thickening of the connective tissue and skin; fibromyalgia is the term used when the muscles become tender and sore especially when touched; and the articular relates to lupus or gout, which can be extremely painful.

Unfortunately it is impossible to know when arthritis is going to affect you.  Arthritis does not discriminate - it can affect you whether you’re young or old. Presently, most of arthritis sufferers have Osteo-Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Sufferers who have these conditions often experience persistent back and joint pains. The causes of Osteo-arthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis are different, in addition to the effects and the risk factors. If you’re suffering from the same symptoms, you are able to choose among different pain relief devices, drugs, and products available on the market.

In the United States, Osteo-arthritis affects in the region of 21 million individuals across different age groups. If you suffer from this condition, it’s natural to have swollen limbs. This is because your joint cartilage is affected and it also liable to stiffness. The condition is commonly known as OA and it can affect different body parts such as the spine, hips, knees, and fingers. Additional parts such as the ankles, shoulders, elbows, and wrists can also be affected but this rarely happens. According to medical experts, these parts are subject to OA if there is a history of unusual stress or injury. Physical trauma and repetitive injury during early age can also cause OA.

The most common OA symptoms are intermittent or regular joint pain, stiffness particularly during an inactive period, tenderness or swelling of a joint/joints, and a “crunchy/crunching” feeling whilst using your joints.

The only way to establish whether you have OA is through an x-ray test. If the symptoms are already present, the doctor will request an x-ray test. The x-ray results will reveal the cartilage deformation as well as the tissues around it. Joint Aspiration can also be performed by a qualified doctor. A synovial fluid will be extracted from your affected joints with the use of a tiny needle.

Rheumatoid arthritis is another dreadful condition due to it being characterized by chronic and progressive pain of the joints. The synovial tissues tend to increase in size which is known as hyperplasia. This condition provokes bone and cartilage destruction. Damaged cells will eventually die and it will lead to abnormal growth of the surrounding tissues.

There are several natural products available on the market such as cod liver oil, olive oil, and ginger, which can act as pain relievers. These are renowned and affordable products which can relieve pain efficiently. Give them a try either instead of or as a supplement to traditional pain relievers.  If you start to you feel chronic and progressive joint pains, you should consult a doctor right away as you may already be suffering from arthritis. It’s advisable to address your condition at the earliest possible stage to help prevent the onset of undesirable effects of the disease.

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  1. Excellent article. I am or was a sufferer. I take topiramate three times a day. It’s not really a pain killer but a cumulative effective reliever for the long term.

  2. A very useful post for an affliction so rampant.

  3. This is a very useful post for an affliction so rampant.

  4. This is a very useful post for an affliction which is so common.

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