The rooster crows, and the alarm clock sounds at 5 o'clock in the morn. Oh no, it's below freezing outside, isn't it? You can tell without even looking at the frosty window that today is going to be one of those days.
You saunter from your bed to the pisser with about as much agility as a 2x4 from the local lumber yard.
Groaning and cursing all the way down the hall, your creaking joints are stiff and aching. You are sick and tired of your doctors, your meds, your in-laws, and pretty much anyone else around at this time in the morning.
You just want to move better with less pain, and drink your damn coffee. Ah, coffee... One of the only few good things in life... But you can't even open the bag with trembling fingers to enjoy it.
It's no secret that there are different types of arthritic pain. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to pain management as there are three types to cover:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
Have you outlived your joints from wear and tear of everyday life or sports?
More people have osteoarthritis than any other kind of arthritis. It is caused by overuse of the joints, obesity, or past trauma. This means there is typically not any shock absorption between the joints, causing bone-on-bone grinding.
Do you have an autoimmune disorder?
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes immense pain anywhere a joint is present, including your hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, jaw, and knees. Scientists think two of the body's chemicals (tumor necrosis factor & interleukin-1) are the cause of inflammation with this disease.
Do you have inflammation of the skin (psoriasis) and joints?
Equally common among men and women, Psoriatic Arthritis usually starts between the ages of 30 and 50. Usually swelling of the fingers and toes is common, but uniquely, sometimes only one or a few joints are affected. For example, if one knee has issues, the other may not.