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Arthritis Symptoms and Relief

Arthritis is one of the most common physically debilitating conditions that affects mostly people over the age of 55. “Mostly” because while arthritis is typically associated with aging, a percentage of young adults and even children succumb to this painful disease.  Arthritis is not just a single simple disease but a whole group of conditions that can cause damage not only to your bones but also to other portions of the body.

Different forms of arthritis manifest in different symptoms.  Common symptoms of arthritis include: persistent joint pain; tenderness in a joint which is aggravated by movement; inflammation indicated by joint swelling, stiffness, redness, and/or warmth; pain and stiffness in the body, especially around the joints; joint deformity; loss of range of motion or flexibility in a joint; unexplained weight loss; non-specific fever; and crepitus (a weird crackling sound in the joints.)

There are over 100 different types of arthritis that all told affect approximately 46 million Americans today.  The three most common types are: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

Osteoarthritis is more commonly called as degenerative arthritis.  This develops from a simple breakdown to an eventual loss of cartilages of one or joints.  Cartilages are protein-based mass that serve as cushions in between joints.  This type of arthritis usually attacks weight-bearing joints

Fresh turmeric rhizome and a heap of ground turmeric powder on white background

Fresh turmeric rhizome and a heap of ground turmeric powder

Rheumatoid arthritis may also affect different joints, and as previously mentioned, it may affect some body organs and even our blood.  It mainly affects the synovial lining of the joint.  The synovium is a soft tissue that lines the non-cartilaginous surfaces within joints.  This issue comes as a secondary effect of infections.  In this case, the body’s autoimmune system malfunctions and attacks healthy joint tissue, causing inflammation and joint damage.  Although it is not as degenerative as osteoarthritis, it may cause joint deformity in a mild level.

Gout is caused by displacement of uric acid crystal to the joints. Also known as hyperuricemia, which literally translates as “high uric acid content in the blood”, it is a metabolic ailment wherein uric acid builds up in the blood and crystallize in the joints of other parts of the body.  Chronic gout attacks may lead to hard lumps of uric acid deposits around the joints, and in the process decrease kidney functions and form kidney stones.

There are different kinds of treatment for the different forms of arthritis.   There are medications available that aid in arthritis pain relief.  Antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used as relieve pain and decrease inflammation on affected areas.  It has to be paired with constant visits to a physical or occupational therapist to ensure that mobility and range of motion is maintained.

As proponents of natural, holistic remedies Turmeric Curcumin (especially our favorite Fusion Blend) is a standout for pain and inflammation relief. Also as mentioned here there is exciting science surrounding the effects of Curcumin on the genetic causes of rheumatoid arthritis. For these reasons, if you are suffering from arthritis or know someone who is, giving turmeric curcumin a go just makes good sense.

There are a number of natural ingredient based arthritic pain relief topical ointments and creams that can also provide relief and these topical treatments can be combined with turmeric curcumin for a 1-2 pain relief punch.

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