How to Stop Arthritis Pain

By: Janet Martin

Life, they say, is full of aches and pains. For millions of people with arthritis, living can be a nightmare since the disease causes much suffering and misery.

Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints and is a common chronic health problem in many parts of the world. It isn't a single disease but a group of diseases characterized by pain, swelling, stiffness, and redness in one or more joints. There are over a hundred forms of arthritis with a host of causes but the most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis commonly occurs in adults over 45 due to the long-term wear and tear on the joints. The joints are normally cushioned by an elastic tissue called cartilage that allows the bones to move smoothly against one another. When the cartilage deteriorates, the bones rub together, causing pain and swelling.

Rheumatoid arthritis may strike at any age but it occurs most commonly among people in their 20s and 30s. It occurs three times more often among women than among men. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which - for unknown reasons - the body's immune system attacks joints, tissue, and body organs.

In addition to pain and joint stiffness, symptoms may include a decreased appetite, fatigue, and fever. The disease may disappear within a year but when symptoms return, they are often more severe.

While there's no cure for arthritis, you can ease the pain and live a normal, productive life with the right medication. Aspirin is commonly prescribed for arthritis but it can irritate the stomach. The same is true with traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like mefenamic acid and naproxen.

While the much hyped about COX-2 inhibitors appear to cause fewer gastrointestinal problems like ulcers, they are more expensive and may increase a person's risk of a heart attack. What's more, COX-2 inhibitors aren't necessarily more powerful in relieving pain than traditional NSAIDs.

Flexcerin was designed to help arthritis sufferers cope with their condition without compromising their health. This powerful and comprehensive joint formula stops arthritis pain and helps rebuild, lubricate, and soothe swollen joints to give you freedom from stiffness and the mobility you need to lead a normal life. Check out http://www.flexcerin.com for more information.

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