Learn your topical treatment options to manage painful arthritis.
When you’re experiencing pain in your joints and muscles, topical pain relievers are a good alternative for pain management. These medications are delivered through a variety of dosage forms, including patches, gels, lotions, creams, sprays, and ointments. Topical agents have been used for decades to help prevent and treat a wide variety of health conditions, including pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions.
Topical pain medications are absorbed through the skin and are best for relieving joint and muscle pain close to the skin’s surface, including the hands, elbows, knees and feet. If you are reluctant to take pills, you may opt for an over-the-counter cream or patch or to have your doctor prescribe a stronger topical medication.
What are your options? And will they work to manage your pain?
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Diclofenac is a topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication available for topical pain management. Diclofenac is available in both patch and solution/gel formulas. The patch (Flector Patch) was first approved by the FDA in 1998 and can be used for the treatment of sprains and strains, but the solution/gel (Voltaren Gel) was designed for arthritis pain. Diclofenac works by reducing substances that cause inflammation and pain in the body. It is only available as a prescription and carries the same risk as other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Read more at http://www.arthritisconnect.com/arthritis-articles/616-topical-pain-agents-for-pain-relief#mkOeL8LsA7qZOKgm.99
Arthritis increases your risk for bursitis and tendinitis
Bursitis and Tendinitis are two very common musculoskeletal conditions that cause swelling around the bones and muscles. Bursitis is usually caused by overuse of a joint or direct trauma to a joint. Often, it occurs at the knee or elbow and can be a result of kneeling or leaning for long periods on hard surfaces. Tendinitis is most associated with repetitive movement or injury to the affected areas. Both these conditions are common as we age when tendons become less flexible and more prone to injury. Infections, diabetes and arthritis can also bring about inflammation that causes bursitis and tendinitis.
From skeptics to know-it-alls to helpers, here are the people you face as you live with fibromyalgia and how to deal with them.
No one knows your chronic illness better than you do, yet you find that everyone has an opinion about what you are going through.
I have been chronically ill for almost seven years now and the most life-changing aspects of my chronic illnesses have been linked to specific types of people. I have found that others are responsible for some of the best lessons I have learned — good and bad — without even knowing it.
Here are five types of people we all meet living with chronic illness.
Type 1: The Skeptics
I look perfectly healthy. I could sit across from someone for hours and they may not see a single symptom raging behind my chitchat and smiles. I can feel well and productive for hours and then be curled up in pain, nauseated, dizzy and weak for the next several hours or days. That is difficult for most people to understand, imagine or even believe. And living with chronic illness, chances are you have dealt with people who refuse to believe you are sick or the extent of how sick you are. How do you deal with the skeptics in your life?
Be clear and confident when you address the skeptics and never apologize for their doubt. If people continue to question you, the best thing you can do is not share details of your health with them. If they are more trouble then they are worth, feel free to remove them from your life altogether.
Read more at http://www.fibromyalgiaconnect.com/fibromyalgia-articles/457-5-types-of-people-we-all-meet-living-with-chronic-illness#fkIVMUd5Mrf1wTav.99
When you live with a chronic illness and all its related discomforts, “Why me?” is a question you ask often. Being sick is a personal thing, especially when it feels like you are being punished. If we feel pain and we feel as if we are suffering, then we ask this question.
But we don’t ask it when good things happen. Could you imagine saying, “Why me?” when it comes to happy events in your life? With illness and suffering, we have this tendency to believe that we did something to bring it upon ourselves. Additionally, we want an explanation for our pain and suffering and what we believe (mentally and spiritually) determines the extent of that suffering.
A Personal Example
When I was about nine years old, my mom was walking and was hit by a car. The next six months to a year of our lives involved watching her struggle to regain control of her body and there were times where it took its toll on her. As a kid, I never understood the extent that her pain had on us. She struggled, but she still managed to take care of us, spend time with us, make us meals, clean our home, etc. She did all these things despite her own ordeal, but we still saw the toll it took on her. I wonder if she ever asked “Why me?” Perhaps, she didn’t or maybe I wasn’t listening when she did. And if she did, was she ever able to answer that question? As an adult, I can recall her pain but as a child, I do not recalling asking “Why my mom?”
Read more at http://www.fibromyalgiaconnect.com/fibromyalgia-articles/19-moving-past-the-why-me-question#16zaT4kIEtg4Y2Py.99
Domestic abuse puts prolonged stress on the body, which can lead to all sorts of chronic diseases including fibromyalgia.
According to a global study, 30 percent of women are impacted by intimate partner, domestic or sexual abuse. It takes a lot for women to leave abusive relationships and to rise as survivors. Unfortunately, however, many of these women end up having health problems down the road, such as lower back pain, headaches, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and other diseases. Many women and their doctors do not necessarily connect abuse with illness, but the research speaks for itself.
A 2013 study conducted by the Verizon Foundation, the MORE Magazine Society and the Society for Women’s Health Research found that women who had experienced domestic abuse experienced higher rates of chronic illness and pain than those who had not. According to the survey, 44 percent of the women had reported experiencing some form of domestic violence. In total, 70 percent of women over age 21 had a chronic illness condition, and, of the women who reported being victims of domestic violence, 81 percent were chronically ill.
Read more at http://www.fibromyalgiaconnect.com/fibromyalgia-articles/460-the-link-between-domestic-violence-and-chronic-illness#Q2SETvJH5AomQGZG.99
Learn how to hold on to hope even when faced with the challenges of a chronic illness
Ever since I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia in 2007, I have wondered what keeps people hopeful in order to successfully cope with and overcome challenges that illness brings. It is fascinating how some people can bounce back quicker than others when it comes to personal challenges, illness, and other tragedies.
On the surface, it would seem that some of us are just more resilient, but if you dig deeper, you find that is not the case. What these experts of resilience have is hope—for better days, for overcoming setbacks, and for dealing with uncertainty. But hope isn’t naturally felt, it is something we learn through choice and experience.
What is Hope?
Everyone has the ability to feel hopeful, bounce back from setbacks, and become stronger as a result. Unfortunately, too many do not know what hope actually means and what to look for when being hopeful.
Read more at http://www.fibromyalgiaconnect.com/fibromyalgia-articles/449-being-hopeful-in-the-face-of-chronic-illness#Ax4x6ELWwVaEKSDY.99