The Quality Of Life When Living With Arthritis

Many privileges come with age, including being able to drive, to vote, to legally consume alcohol, and to become eligible for senior discounts on groceries, hotel rooms, and dinner at favorite restaurants. With age also comes responsibility, and for some people, aging also means an increased chance of developing some form of arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently estimates that 50 million Americans are suffering1 from the painful symptoms of arthritis. As life expectancy continues to increase and people live longer, fuller lives, the prevalence of arthritis is also expected to increase. What can a person do to manage the pain and continue to improve their quality of life?

Managing the Most Common Types of Arthritis

In the United States, the most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. Depending on the type of arthritis that a person suffers from, they may feel pain and stiffness around one or several of their joints. Many people develop arthritis in their hands, knees, and feet as they age, and symptoms can come on suddenly or gradually and persist over time. Living with chronic pain that a person has never had before may cause feelings of depression if they are not able to maintain the active lifestyle they once

Because arthritis is a chronic condition, one of the best things that a person can do for themself is to control the pain. Treatments often focus on minimizing damage to the joints as well so someone can improve or maintain their quality of life.

Using Traditional and Alternative Medications To Manage The Disease

Over the counter or prescription pain medications can make living with arthritis more tolerable. Doing personal research can help ensure that nothing in our diet will interact negatively with the pills we are taking. For example, with some Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, eating grapefruit can affect the way the body absorbs medications. And increasingly, arthritis patients are exploring alternative medications and treatments, like cinnamon and even magnetic cushions. Before opening both our minds and our purses to these non-traditional options, it is important to study each one and consult a doctor.




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