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Arthritis Pain Relief : Questions To Ask Your Healthcare Provider A great place to begin taking charge of you arthritis pain relief and prevention planning is by making an appointment with your healthcare provider and finding out more about your condition and treatment options. Make sure to jot down questions ahead of time, and take them along in your journal or notebook, armed with a pencil to fill in his or her replies. Some questions to begin with may be centered around these: 1. Do I have a form of arthritis? If not, what is wrong & what do I do next? 2. If so, which type is it? And what can I expect short-term and long-term? 3. What pain relief treatments are available? Which have side affects & what are they? 4. What self-care solutions do you advise? 5. Are there any limitations I should know about; i.e. special dietary issues, special activities to avoid, any OTC meds to NOT mix, etc.? 6. What resources do you have to help with my diet and exercise planning? 7. What other arthritic and other health resources do you have for my family and me? When you take in your questions, also take in a description of your symptoms so that your doctor can help better understand your situation and health. Make sure to note: - Where you have pain (same joint both limbs?) - When you feel pain - with certain activities, in the morning, when it rains, etc. - How long you have had the pain - If the pain increases or decreases, comes and goes, etc. - The type & intensity level of pain - stabbing, dull, cramping, stiffness - and low, mild or high pain - Note any limitations - can't bend over too far without pain, can't get out of car, etc. - Share any family history of arthritis - Tell about any OTC or prescription medications or other treatments you currently take or use. - Discuss any special diet you are on and exercise programs So try the different options available for arthritis pain relief and prevention. Give your joints a break as soon as possible from any excess weight they're hauling around, even if it's the weight of excess stress. Lighten up and make pain relief and prevention care part of your normal, everyday routine. _______________________________________________ Copyright Š 2005 Priya Shah Priya Shah is the editor of The Glutathione Report and Health Naturale. For a comprehensive report on arthritis, visit Arthritis Remedies This article may be reprinted as long as the resource box is left intact and all links are hyperlinked. _______________________________________________

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