What’s the Best Way to Manage Your Arthritis Pain?

Without treatment, Arthritis is a debilitating disease. For those of you suffering from Arthritis pain, choosing the right treatment can be confusing. What works for one person may not work for another. Here’s some information on a few of your chemical options.

Tramadol

Your doctor can give you a better idea of whether tramadol is the right option for you, but here are some of its perks. Tramadol is a narcotic pain reliever that is available in time release caplets. Rather than waiting until you feel pain, a regular tramadol regimen can keep you from hurting around the clock. Only those who can swallow a whole pill should take this time-release capsule. If the capsule is broken or otherwise compromised, the medicine will not work correctly.

NSAIDs

NSAID stands for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. This type of drug, which includes Aspirin, Aleve, and Celebrex, works by targeting inflammation. This is especially effective for providing relief to Arthritis pain sufferers because Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints (“arthro-” meaning “joint” and “-itis” meaning “inflammation.”) Regularly taking NSAIDs can be hard on the GI tract, so you should consult your doctor. Even though most NSAIDs are available over the counter, you need to let your doctor know if you are regularly taking them.

Voltarol

Known generically as Diclofenic Potassium, voltarol is available in tablets and in patches to relieve specific pain topically. Potassium has often been touted as the body’s pain reliever. Athletes often eat bananas, which are rich in potassium, after a hard workout. Topical drugs can relieve acute pain quickly, quicker than oral medicine. However, Voltarol is also available in a quick release tablet that provides pain relief fast. If you aren’t on a pain control regimen, voltarol can relieve the pain you feel from Arthritis fast.

Diclofenac

Diclofenac is another form of NSAID which blocks the chemicals that cause inflammation. Your body has a natural response system that causes injuries to become inflamed. The inflammation is the result of blood being drawn to the affected area. The increased temperature then fights bacteria. The increased hemoglobin helps blood clot, and the immune system receives a boost. Arthritis is an auto-immune disorder. Your body actually starts attacking your own joints! Diclofenac and other NSAID pain relievers reduce the inflammation, and thus ease the pain.

Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is a simple over the counter NSAID. Available in different strengths and doses, ibuprofen is effective in relieving pain. It is suggested that chronic pain sufferers alternate between different pain relievers ever so often. This keeps the body from growing accustomed to the drug. After a while of using a particular drug, our bodies build up a tolerance. Alternating medicines can prevent this tolerance build up, and thus keep medicine working effectively.

Like most NSAIDs, Ibuprofen can take a toll on the lining of the stomach and intestines. These risks should be evaluated before taking ibuprofen. If you already have gastro-intestinal inflammation such as ulcers or gastritis, ibuprofen is not the solution to your Arthritis problem. After all, a hurting stomach is the last thing you need.

Talk to your Doctor

This can’t be stressed enough! Your doctor is the only one who can tell you whether a certain pain relief method is right for you. Taking your medical history into consideration, your doctor can suggest the right medicine as well as the right dosage to control your Arthritis pain. While you don’t need a prescription for many pain relievers, a prescription from your doctor may help you afford your medicine if you have adequate insurance. Schedule regular visits to talk about relief for your Arthritis pain.