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Dealing With Arthritis
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After I sit for an extended period of time, I find it difficult to get out of a chair and get moving. Once I'm standing, it takes time to get get moving, but once I start moving gradually all the stiffness leaves my body and I can walk normally. In fact, it is hard for me to sit for an extended length of time. My doctor told me this is due to arthritis. I should have pursued this further with him. After leaving his office, I started reading about arthritis and learned there are over 100 types of arthritis. Of course to diagnose my particular type of arthritis would have taken lots of tests and what difference would it have made. I still have arthritis and it is attributed to my age of mid 70's.

Osteoarthritis (OA) has symptoms of inflammation, pain and stiffness and is sometimes called degenerative arthritis and degenerative joint disease. This is the most common type of arthritis. Other types include rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

OA is characterized by the breakdown of the joint's cartilage causing bones to rub against each other. This leads to stiffness, pain and loss of joint movement.

There is NO CURE for OA. Treatments focus on controlling joint pain and stiffness with medication while preserving a certain quality of life.

Medication consists of analgesics (like acetaminophen) and topical pain relievers. Oral and injectable meds control inflammation but are not recommended on a long term basis.

Other than medications, stretching and exercise can help. I work out (with my doctors approval) five days a week. I do this not only for heart benefits, but to keep my joints flexible. However, do what I did and start with your doctor and get his OK before starting any exercise or treatments on your own.

I have talked to others about glucosamine and chondroitin. I have been told that they help relieve the pain of arthritis. However, everyone I know who has taken this drug eventually needed hip or knee replacements. So if you have any experience with this I would like to hear from you. I have a doctor's appointment in a few weeks and I will follow his advice.

There are also programs on the Web that claim there is a cure for arthritis and you can be "pain free" in 30 days. If you are like I am, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Let me know if you have any questions or can contribute to information on arthritis, especially on a first person basis.

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My dad actually has a lot of problems with arthritis. He's 60 years old now and has it pretty bad in his leg, hands, and on his body. I think he deals with it pretty well though. I know it has to do with the over-use or rubbing of certain joint areas and then your body trying to repair the 'blank spots'. Perhaps if people thought of a way to target these specific areas and stop it, maybe there'd be a cure for it. Or maybe somehow target the areas & remove what was used to replace these areas of the bones. Sounds like an expensive operation if ever achievable. Then of course when you're on pain medication to alleviate the pain, you're then addicted to what you're using. Then you have to not only feel an occasional pain now and then from your arthritis, but you also have to suffer the symptoms of the pain medication you're taking. This is definitely something younger kids need to be aware of. The knuckle popping, neck popping, and everything else only aims for a rude awakening. Added you on SA btw. I've actually been doing this for a while myself since almost SA came out. Writing & stuff. I've learned your site is the most important thing though. Articles are like sprinkles or cherries on ice cream. ;) Carson once told me you really only need 1 website to really succeed with advertising online. Wish you well. Seth

  about 9 years ago

Thanks for your comments. Best of luck to your Dad. Arthritis is definitely a difficult problem for all of us as we age. Also, I would like to discuss with you your comment on websites vs articles. Let me know.

  about 9 years ago
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