The best course to solve the problem of arthritis is to take it seriously the moment it crops up. Since arthritis is the next most prevalent disease after heart attack, you can very legitimately suspect your pain to be related to arthritis. So the moment you feel pain anywhere in your body, you should immediately visit your doctor for a checkup.
Diagnosis itself can go a long way in reducing the severity of the pain, even though it may not be enough to eliminate the disease altogether. An aggressive approach is necessary to teat arthritis. If you are diagnosed as afflicted with arthritis, your doctor will also be able to tell you the type of arthritis you may be suffering from. This will ensure you get specific treatment. Besides following the advice of your physician, you must also consult your physiotherapist who can guide you regarding exercises to reduce the pain associated with the disease.
Initially you may find that a particular type of treatment or medicine is not suiting you. This is because the nature of pain also may vary from time to time and therefore the medicines or the treatment may have to vary accordingly. Once the type of arthritis has been identified, a reliable treatment may then start.
Arthritis cannot be completely cured and you may have to continue taking medicines and doing exercises for a long time. You may then feel inclined to buy over-the-counter medicines about which you may have come across in the Internet or the newspapers. Keep in mind that these medicines may do you more harm than good.
Besides following your doctor’s and physiotherapist’s advice, do remember it is your own attitude towards life in general and arthritis in particular, that will affect your response to the treatment. A person with optimistic and healthy outlook is likely to feel less pain than the one who is always depressed and pessimistic. Excessive anxiety or tension aggravates the pain and weakens your will to fight the disease and survive. A hopeful and joyous attitude helps a lot in reducing pain.