Some of these drugs are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs), while others are OTCs. Others require a prescription. Acetaminophen, topical medication, and other medications are covered in the next section. However, users should be aware of the potential risk from prolonged use or product abuse and consult their doctors before and after use.
OTC NSAIDs include ibuprofen (naproxen), aspirin, and naproxen (naprofen). But, misuse can result in blockage of an enzyme that protects the stomach lining and other parts of the body. Use can cause stomach ulcers, bleeding, liver problems, and kidney troubles. Prescription NSAIDs can also cause drug abuse. These drugs can be used in the right way to provide pain relief, inflammation, fever reduction, and prevention of blood clots.
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in many well-known brand-name products, is known as the name of several products. These include Exedrin(r), Tylenol (r), and Aspirin-Free Anacin(r). It does not reduce arthritic inflammation or swelling but it can provide pain relief for mild cases. Be careful with the dosage. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can lead to liver damage and even death for those who are active drinkers.
A topical pain relief or analgesic may be helpful if your arthritis pain is not severe and affects only one or two joints. Topical painkillers can be used as gels, creams, or salves. Capsaicin is one of the active ingredients in topical painkillers. Capsaicin, which is naturally found in hot peppers and other herbs, can be purchased in drugstores under the brands CapzasinP, Zostrix, or other drugs. Capsaicin blocks the transmission of substance P, a pain-relaying chemical, to the brain.
There are many agents that contain menthol, Eucalyptus oil, and camphor. These substances can relieve pain by making the body feel cool or hot.
Salicylates are a substance found in Aspercreme and BenGay. Salicylates reduce pain and inflammation.
Although the importance of relaxation in managing and treating diseases has been well-known in the medical field, its practical implementation is still slow and its effectiveness is still unknown to the public. For many years relaxation techniques, particularly those that involve meditation, were viewed as “mumbo-jumbo”. However, scientists and doctors discovered immense benefits. With arthritis, relaxation techniques play a significant role in the healing process.
Certain types of arthritis make relaxation more important because stress and emotions play a significant role in their development. If you are religious or spiritually inclined, prayer can also be used to relax and meditate. You can either follow a pastor or another person who leads prayer or you can create your own prayer to draw upon the comfort of God and see him take away your pain. This practice has both mental and physical benefits.
Hypnosis may be an option. A guided meditation called hypnosis allows you to tap into your subconscious mind. The guide, a hypnotist (a psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor or social worker), is able to help you access this power. The images of a man wearing a shiny, gold stopwatch and putting you into a trance that makes you do unusual things or tell dark secrets are more Hollywood films than real-life hypnotism. Hypnosis is a form of guided imagery that assists with pain management. There is only one difference: you have someone to guide you through the steps of meditation and relaxation on your image.
Fibromyalgia sufferers can relax by using relaxation. This is because the condition is caused by many non-physical triggers. Fibromyalgia is mainly caused by stress, poor sleep, depression, anxiety, and other emotional triggers. It does not cause degeneration of bones or joints. This is why relaxation techniques are so effective in relieving this condition. Yoga can be very helpful for relaxation and flexibility. Bhakta yoga is devotional and Raja yoga is meditation-oriented. These forms of yoga can be very helpful in healing all kinds of arthritis, but fibromyalgia is the most common.