Fighting Arthritis Pain

by Josh

Fighting Arthritis Pain

First, ifyou’re reading this and thinking that you may be suffering from depressionalongside arthritis, the most important thing you can do is to open up andspeak to someone. This can sometimes be difficult for a lot of people. The more people who share their feelingsallow for more understanding to be gained. A study, conducted by PAIN in 2001,showed that people who were newly diagnosed with arthritis got great benefitfrom counseling. This study also showedbenefit in treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT can help manage pain and to aid inrelaxation. In some instances, patients found that over a period of six months,CBT also helped with symptoms like joint inflammation.

People afflicted with osteoarthritis often times have very little inflammation. As such, pain relievers such as acetaminophen, the most well know of which is Tylenol, may be effective. Acetaminophen is a pain reliever but does not reduce swelling. Acetaminophen does not cause stomach irritation and is less likely than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), described later, to cause long-term side effects. Research has shown that acetaminophen relieves pain as effectively as NSAIDs for many patients with osteoarthritis. People with liver disease, people who drink alcohol heavily, and those taking blood- thinning medicines or NSAIDs should use acetaminophen with caution.Arthritis

 

As a child, Donna had polio and throughout her adult life contends with crippling damage and disability and pain that years of joint damage have caused. Multiple surgeries hamper her walking ability with any speed or distance, and standing for any length of time is prohibitive. Simple moves, such as getting up and down from a chair or out of a car present a challenge. To top it off, a recent car accident injured her back, adding another level of distress to what she normally experiences. According to Donna who tries to be positive, there are some days her pain is unbearable.

This web site is devoted to providing information about arthritis and related diseases, conditions, and treatments. It is designed to make it easy for you to navigate your way to greater knowledge of arthritis and how it affects the myriad of people who suffer from this disease. The Arthritis Trust of America is dedicated to helping the public. But we also need help from the public. Much of the relief we provide directly to all is the result of the generosity of the public. Please help in our goal to make arthritis a thing of the past. Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Be Cured?

The first signs I noticed of Duchess suffering from arthritis was that she had a stiffness to her walk and she hunched her back. The symptoms happened gradually and were not alarming to me at first. I then started to notice that my sweet cat was more grouchy than normal and had lost her playfulness. She was still sweet to an extent, but if I tried to stroke her back she would erupt into a mean cat, hissing and swatting at me. This behavior alarmed me and I realize she was in a lot of pain.

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