Volume 2 - Issue 5
Arthritis in the News
Cox-II Inhibitors and Naproxen
New studies released by the University of Pennsylvania indicate that if you use Naproxen along with Vioxx and Celebrex, your risk of developing blood clots may increase.
May is Arthritis Month
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Is Your Pain Management Failing You or Are Other Forces in Play?
By J.R. Rogers
There are many different factors at play when you are trying to beat the pain of arthritis. Not only are there different physical and psychological issues, each and every person's case is different.
NSAIDs have shown to be effective in treating pain for many. However, while they can be good for short-term pain management, they do nothing to actually ease your arthritis pain or rehabilitate damaged cartilage. In addition, users must be careful of the side effects that can result from prolonged use.
Cox-II inhibitors like Vioxx and Celebrex have also proven to be effective for some users. Once again, as with NSAIDs, these medications can cause some serious side effects, are unable to rehabilitate damaged cartilage or stop the progression of arthritis, and do not work for everyone.
Glucosamine is very promising and has helped many arthritis sufferers. Much publicity has been focused on glucosamine recently because it is able to not only ease arthritis pain, but also assist in the rehabilitation of cartilage and slow the progression of arthritis. Even better, it does not have any of the dangerous side effects of NSAIDs and Cox-II inhibitors. In capsule and pill form, glucosamine has been shown to be effective in about 40% of users after 6 weeks of use. Glucosamine in liquid form, on the other hand, has been shown to be effective in 90% of users with osteoarthritis, mainly due to the greatly increased absorption.
However, there are always going to be a few stubborn cases where pain simply does not seem to go away.
Often, the process has begun but you will still feel that the pain is not adequately being addressed. The result is that you become frustrated and in many cases, simply discontinue the very treatment that is beginning to solve the problem.
Is the Glucosamine failing you or are there other factors at work?
Well first, know that in some severe cases of arthritis, even effective approaches like glucosamine are only able to slow the deterioration of cartilage and progression of your disease. While you may not immediately see improvement, you are in fact, making progress. The clinical studies tell us that unfortunately, after a couple months without improvement, many simply give up on a treatment only to make their arthritis even worse.
Don't Give Up
In addition to physical differences in individual cases, there are psychological factors at play here as well. Do you have a lot of stress in your life? Are you prone to depression? If the answer is "yes" to either or both of these questions, it is clear that the pain issue tends to be more persistent. So, what can you do about that?
Stressors and Dealing with Them
Here are some simple techniques that you can use to try to control your stress and anxiety.
Sit in your favorite chair and take some deep, slow breaths for several minutes. Do this several times a day if you need to. You will be amazed at how this simple step affects the way your pain is impacting you. Are you on the job and feel that you are too busy to do this? That's no excuse. Take a few minutes, lean against an available wall and use the same technique of slow, deep breaths. It doesn't take long to feel yourself relaxing, taking some pressure off, and reducing your pain.
Other Tips to Reducing Your Pain
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