Arthritis Pain and Treatments
I started to have arthritis in my knee when I was 30 years old. My left
hip became extremely painful with osteoarthritis and I had a hip resurfacing
when I was 61 years old in 2006. My hands now are extremely sore and not even
useful at times and my back, neck, and knees suffer from painful
At 70, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The ring finger on my right hand had become swollen about twice the
size of a regular joint. The pain kept me from using my hand
for many activities. I had the joint fused to relieve it from
pain. My hands are my biggest problem and I am now on methotrexate
to prevent any more damage.
It seems that most of us become affected by some type of
arthritis during our lives. As my generation of Baby Boomers become
older, we want to continue to be more active than our parents and
grandparents. We have surgical options to replace arthritic
joints and other medicines to help with pain. New medical treatments
are becoming available everyday. It is difficult to keep up with
what is currently available. That is the purpose of this website -
a patient guide about arthritis and arthritis
There are many excellent arthritis articles written by doctors
and experts. It is often a very timely process to search the
internet to find good information. Many of these expert articles
are featured on this site to make learning easier and give you one
place to look for good resources. Being knowledgeable helps you to
understand the many options you have in the treatment of arthritis.
Only a doctor can prescribe medicine or surgery, but when you are
knowledgeable, you are able to ask questions about your arthritis
and it's treatment. You can better understand what the doctor is
talking about because it seems that many doctors just don't take time to
explain problems and treatments in detail.
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