I asked him what remedies had he been using to ease the pain, aside from exercising? He said he had been taking over-the-counter pain relievers.
"Are you not afraid of destroying your kidneys?"
"Why, is there a safe and better way?" He asked inquisitively.
This is what I'm going to share with you, too. But, first, let us have a basic knowledge of the nature of this illness called "arthritis."
Nature of Arthritis
Arthritis is a joint disorder characterized by inflammation. A joint is an area of the body where two different bones meet. A joint functions to move the body parts connected by its bones.
Arthritis literally means inflammation of one or more joints.
Arthritis is frequently accompanied by joint pain. Joint pain is referred to as arthralgia.
There are many forms of arthritis (over one hundred and growing). The forms range from those related to wear and tear of cartilage (such as osteoarthritis) to those associated with inflammation resulting from an over-active immune system (such as rheumatoid arthritis).
Causes of Arthritis
The causes of arthritis depend on the form of arthritis. Causes include injury (leading to osteoarthritis), abnormal metabolism (such as gout and pseudo-gout), inheritance, infections, and for unclear reasons (such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus).
Arthritis is classified as one of the rheumatic diseases. These are conditions that are different individual illnesses, with differing features, treatments, complications, and prognosis.
They are similar in that they have tendency to affect the joints, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, and many have the potential to affect internal body areas.
Forms of Arthritis
Many of the forms of arthritis, because they are rheumatic diseases, can cause symptoms affecting various organs of the body that do not directly involve the joints. Therefore, symptoms in some patients with certain forms of arthritis can also include fever, gland swelling, weight loss, fatigue, feeling unwell, and even symptoms from abnormalities of organs, such as lungs, heart, or kidneys.
Arthritis sufferers include men and women, children and adults. Approximately 350 million people worldwide have arthritis.
Symptoms of arthritis include the following:
- pain and limited function of joints,
- joint stiffness,
- redness and warmth,
- tenderness of the inflamed joint.
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