Arthritis and its symptoms

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Over 20 million Americans have some form of Arthritis today. Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and it primarily attacks the hands, hips, knees, fingers. There are 100 different conditions and most result in aches and pains in the varying joints.

Arthritis is chronic and at times quite painful. There is stiffness and pain in the joint, and is very painful when first getting up in the morning. There can be swelling in one or several joints and if not properly diagnosed and treatment is not administered, there can be irreversible joint damage. So early treatment is recommended.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

This form of arthritis is most serious. About 80% of Americans start to show symptoms between the ages of 25-50 years of age, and women seem to get it more so then men. Just another ailment to add to our repertoire.

A theory about how it occurs is that a virus like organism remains dormant in the body until some form of infection, or injury triggers it. However, keep in mind that is only a theory.

Everyone’s symptoms are different, some are worse and quite disabling, and others seem to just have pain and swelling. This disease affects also the joints, arms, hands, hips, legs, feet. This disease has many variations in that it has to be treated on an individual basis.

Many forms of treatment use medication-rest-exercise-heat-some surgery. What is best is to keep the inflammation down and ease the pain. Aspirin has been used, which is an anti-inflammatory and can help ease the pain in mild cases. Corticosteroids are used in most severe cases.

Osteoarthritis

This is a degenerative joint disease and is most the common of arthritis. Aging is usually the cause but this disease is rarely disabling. You can get mild aches and stiffness in joints, especially the joints that have, been used more. Such as hips, knees, hands fingers, arms even the big toe!

Overweight is a major contributing factor and adds extra burden on the joints. Heredity is also a factor to be considered. Some cases show up in x-rays but usually, soreness and constant pain, difficulty moving the joints, aches, swelling, similar symptoms like the other forms of arthritis. There is no cure but with modern medicine, there are pain relievers that can ease the discomfort. As strange, as it sounds the best remedy to prevent arthritis from gaining ground is exercise. It can be a moderate form of exercise just makes sure that you keep yourself moving. Otherwise, expect to have limited movement as you age.

Glucosamine along with MSM is an effective supplement that helps support flexibility and joint lubrication. Glucosamine is a building block for your cartilage and MSM works in conjunction with glucosamine. Taken for about 6 weeks you will start to feel the difference. However, check with your Doctor because glucosamine is derived from shellfish so you want to be sure you are not allergic.


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