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  1. 1. ==== ====Check this out for all nautral arthritis remedies: ====Arthritis pain can be frustrating.Nagging and crippling arthritis pain can continue day after day.How much happier would you be if you could stop your arthritis pain right now and feel great allday? Knowing the nature of the disease can really bring you the right answers.What is arthritis ?Arthritis comprises over 100 different diseases and conditions. The word arthritis means "jointinflammation". When joints are inflamed, it causes pain and usually also limits movement of thejoints that are affected. For many people, arthritis pain has a large impact on their life. Arthritis issecond only to heart disease as a cause of work disability. Arthritis limits everyday activities suchas walking, dressing and bathing for more than 16 million Americans. Each year, arthritis results in750,000 hospitalizations and 36 million outpatient visits. Arthritis is not just an old personsdisease. Nearly two-thirds of people with arthritis are younger than 65 years including nearly300,000 children. Arthritis affects children and people of all racial and ethnic groups but is morecommon among women and older adults.The disease can affect different parts of the body. Two of the most common forms areosteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the joint lining becomes inflamed aspart of the bodys immune system activity. RA is one of the most serious and disabling types,affecting mostly women. Rheumatoid arthritis is two to three times more common in women thanin men and generally strikes between the ages of 20 and 50. Both sides of the body are usuallyaffected at the same time. Symptoms of RA differ from person to person but can generally include:·Joint tenderness, warmth, and swelling.·Pain and stiffness lasting for more than 1 hour in the morning or after a long rest.·Joint inflammation in the wrist and finger joints closest to the hand .·Fatigue, an occasional fever, and a general sense of not feeling well .Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It is a degenerative joint disease in whichthe cartilage that covers the ends of bones in the joint deteriorates, causing pain and loss ofmovement as bone begins to rub against bone. OA commonly affects the joints of the fingers,knees, hips, and spine. Osteoarthritis is more common in older people because they have beenusing their joints longer. Using the joints to do the same task over and over or simply using themover time can make osteoarthritis worse. Younger people can also get osteoarthritis. Athletes areat risk because they use their joints so much. People who have jobs that require the same
  2. 2. movement over and over are also at risk. Injuries to a joint increase the risk of arthritis in the jointlater on. Excess weight can accelerate arthritis in the knees, hips and spine. The most commonsymptom of Osteoarthritis is pain in the affected joint(s) after repetitive use. Joint pain is usuallyworse later in the day. There can be swelling, warmth, and creaking of the affected joints.Symptoms of OA may greatly vary. Some patients can be debilitated by their symptoms. On theother hand, others may have remarkably few symptoms in spite of dramatic degeneration of thejoints apparent on x-rays. Symptoms also can be intermittent.These 2 forms have very different causes, risk factors, and effects on the body, yet they oftenshare a common symptom--persistent joint pain.What are the causes of arthritis ?Primary OA is mostly related to aging. With aging, the water content of the cartilage increases andthe protein makeup of cartilage degenerates. Repetitive use of the joints over the years irritatesand inflames the cartilage, causing joint pain and swelling. Eventually, cartilage begins todegenerate by flaking or forming tiny crevasses. Inflammation of the cartilage can also stimulatenew bone outgrowths (spurs) to form around the joints. Sometimes osteoarthritis follows an injuryto a joint. For example, a young person might hurt his knee badly playing soccer. Then, years afterthe knee has apparently healed, he might get arthritis in his knee joint.RA is an autoimmune disease. This means the bodys natural immune system does not operate asit should; it attacks healthy joint tissue, initiating a process of inflammation and joint damage. RA isa type of chronic arthritis that occurs in joints on both sides of the body (such as hands, wrists orknees). This symmetry helps distinguish RA from other types of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritisoccurs most frequently in the 30-50 age group, although can start at any age. It is stronglyassociated with the HLA marker DR4 - hence Family history is an important risk factor. Thedisease affects Females:Males in a 4:1 ratio.Other conditions can also cause arthritis. Some include:·Gout, in which crystals build up in the joints. It usually affects the big toe.·Lupus , in which the bodys defense system can harm the joints, the heart, the skin, thekidneys, and other organs.·Viral hepatitis ,in which an infection of the liver can cause arthritis.What can you do about it ?Some people may worry that arthritis means they wont be able to work or take care of theirchildren and their family. Others think that you just have to accept things like arthritis.While there is not yet a cure for arthritis, much can be done today to reduce pain and boost jointfunction. Learning how to manage pain over the long term is essential to maintaining a goodquality of life. There are things you can do to keep the damage from getting worse. They mightalso make you feel better.Here are some simple things to do:·Lose weight if youre overweight
  3. 3. ·Exercise regularly for short periods. Going for a walk every day will help, too.·Use canes and other special devices to protect your joints.·Avoid lifting heavy things.·Dont pull on objects to move them-push them instead·Use heat or cold to reduce pain or stiffness.The pain and disability that accompany arthritis can be decreased through early diagnosis andappropriate management.So if you have persistent symptoms lasting more than several days - gosee your doctor. The doctor will examine you and may take x rays (pictures) of your bones orjoints to decide if you have arthritis and what kind you have.After the doctor knows what kind of arthritis you have, he or she will talk with you about the bestway to treat it. The doctor may give you a prescription for medicine that will help with the pain,stiffness, and inflammation.The good news is that now there is a way to stop your pain with a medication . Celebrex is anonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), specifically a COX-2 inhibitor, which relieves painand swelling (inflammation). It represents a huge breakthrough in the treatment of pain,inflammation, and stiffness of arthritis. Celebrex is believed to fight pain and inflammation byinhibiting the effect of a natural enzyme called COX-2. Unlike the older medications, however, itdoes not interfere with a similar substance, called COX-1, which exerts a protective effect on thelining of the stomach.Celebrex doesnt cause the stomach bleeding and ulcers that traditionalnonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) might.You always can visit my site to find all the informationabout coping with arthritis burden.Richard Clement is an online publisher dedicated in helping online users getting appropriate andeffective medical care. Visit my site for more info.Article Source:
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