The Pain Cycle Of Arthritis Sufferers
Those of us who suffer the pain of arthritis understand what receiving relief means to us. We also understand
that getting that relief may mean accepting some risk involved with using certain pain relievers.
Why must we weight the risk of receiving much needed relief from pain against the increased risk of stomach
issues, infections or even a heart attack? Does pain relief have to come at the risk of other health problems? How
do you know which pain medication will ease the pain without causing you future heartache and misery?
We all know that our medical care provider is our best source of medical information but can we trust the
information we receive when it seems that so many pharmaceutical companies target our physicians with reasons to
push their brands? How do we know that what is being offered to us as acceptable pain medication therapy is really
the best for us? Education is the key when it comes to making choices concerning our health. We should be partners
with our medical team and not blindly follow what they suggest.
We should be active regarding the decisions we face in our medications and in other aspects of our pain
management. You really need to put the pain medication risk into perspective. What exactly is the risk percentage
and how likely are you to be at risk? A lot depends on your dosage and how you take the medication. Are you careful
to read the label before taking your first dose?
Do you know if it is advised to take food along with your medication? Are you clear on what your correct dosage
is and if you can adjust the quantity of pills you take at any given time? These are all things that should be
discussed with your medical care provider. When pain of arthritis strikes and is not managed properly the patient
will usually decrease movement and activity level and this can lead to more stiffness and pain.
Part of the pain relief management therapy is to maintain mobility and to achieve the best level of activity
possible. The decreased mobility experienced when pain is not being managed leads to more pain, which increases the
desire to not move it is a vicious cycle of pain. The cycle has to be stopped and the quality of life sustained and
the best means for improving life offered. There are non-medication methods to reduce pain that can be incorporated
into the pain management plan for every patient.
Today's Holistic Tip for Pain
Pain TherapyShiatsu helps to decrease the stiffness of muscles and joints and it is lowers blood pressure. Shiatsu also helps to improve a person's level of energy (or qi), vitality and stamina. When you decide to begin practicing shiatsu, always dress in loose fit, comfortable clothing that is made of natural as opposed to synthetic fibers. Doing this helps to encourage the flow of positive energy in the body or what is referred to as "ki." Always make sure you practice shiatsu in a room that has plenty of empty space and is uncluttered, clean and very neat. pain treatment
To osteoarthritis suffers this may mean losing 15 pounds or more (depending on weight), this weight
management may help to halt the progression of the disease and allow the pain level to stabilize. Movement is
essential to weight loss. It becomes not only a matter of comfort but a matter of health that patients with
osteoarthritis keep moving in their daily lives.
It does make a difference in their disease to stay active and to accomplish weight control. The
proper weight can make a difference in your pain level. It should be the goal of every pain sufferer to obtain
maximum health and provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly. When this happens pain will
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Physical therapy can help to understand the connection between movement and pain relief. Ask you medical
provider to explore the benefits of non-medicated pain therapy that will help you to stay mobile. Swimming has many
benefits especially in a heated pool. Learning all you can about not only the medications that can relieve pain,
but other therapies as well can lead to better pain management.