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Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition that affects millions of people across the UK, affecting their daily lives. It’s characterised by pain and inflammation in a joint, and is most commonly associated with older people. However, arthritis can affect anybody of any age, including children.

Arthritis is a painful condition that often requires medication to relieve some of the symptoms, and different drugs are available to help depending on the type of arthritis that you suffer with.

If you’d like to buy arthritis treatment online, you can buy any of the medications listed below from Doctor4U after completing some consultation questions about your symptoms and chosen treatment.

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Our Health Care Team

" Arthritis can be a debilitating condition, and can impact your quality of life in a negative way. There are several different types of arthritis, and they are often associated with older people, but can be experienced by anyone of any age, and often needs treatment in the form of medication to relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation."

What is arthritis

Arthritis is an extremely common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. Any joint can be affected by arthritis, but most people with the condition find that it affects their hip, knee, hands, fingers, or back.

Many people think that arthritis is an older persons condition, as your risk of experiencing it increases with age, but anybody, including children, can experience arthritis.

There are several different types of arthritis, with the two most common being rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis, with the latter being the most common across the world. Other tpyes of the condition include:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Gout
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Enteropathic arthritis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Secondary arthritis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatic

If children experience arthritis, it’s most often known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis. If you suspect that your child may be suffering from arthritis, you should contact their GP for a physical examination. Because of their age and the fact that many conditions can cause joint pain, they may need to go for diagnostic tests such as an X ray or blood tests.

Arthritis symptoms

Arthritis can make movement difficult due to the stiffness and inflammation that it can cause, but there are also other symptoms that you should be looking out for if you suspect that you might be suffering from the common condition.

Symptoms can be different for everyone, and they can vary in severity from mild to debilitating, depending on your pain threshold and how much the condition affects you, but the most commonly experienced symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Joint inflammation
  • Reduced joint mobility
  • Skin that’s warm and red over the affected area
  • Weakness
  • Muscle wasting

Pain and inflammation can be caused by many things, including an injury or overuse of the joint. However, if you find that the pain doesn’t improve or go away within a few days, you should think about making a GP appointment to see if your symptoms can be explained by arthritis.

Some people may be more at risk of developing arthritis than others, including those who:

  • Have had a joint injury
  • Are over the age of 40
  • Have a family history of any type of arthritis
  • Have a BMI of over 25
  • Are female

These groups are known to be disproportionately affected by arthritis, and if you experience symptoms as well as belonging to one of these risk groups, you should see your GP for a physical examination to determine whether or not you’re likely to be suffering with arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common type of arthritis that people can suffer from. Whilst it causes pain and inflammation in the joints similar to osteoarthritis, a different part of the joint is affected, and the condition is caused by the immune system.

Rheumatoid arthritis is known as an autoimmume condition, and affects the synovium of the joint, though it can spread further down into the joint and cause even more pain and inflammation.

Those that suffer from rheumatoid arthritis know how debilitating the condition can be, and like osteoarthritis, it can either cause constant pain, or flare up from time to time.

Where osteoarthritis can be caused by an injury, overuse or age, there’s no known trigger for rheumatoid arthritis as the immune system is the culprit of the problem, also meaning that it usually requires different treatment to other types of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the UK and across the world. It affects the cartilage of a joint and over time, wears it down. In some cases, it can cause bone to rub against bone, which can be extremely painful.

Like with other types of arthritis, osteoarthritis causes pain and inflammation in a joint somewhere in the body, and some people that suffer with the condition can experience arthritis in more than one joint.

Osteoarthritis does most commonly affect people over the age of 40, but it isn’t unheard of for younger people to suffer from the condition, particularly if they’ve had an injury to a joint or have a family history of arthritis.

In some cases, where medication fails to manage osteoarthritis, surgery may be needed to repair or replace the affected joint. You should speak to your GP about this, as there are likely to be many different treatment options before considering surgical intervention.

Arthritis treatment

Different types of arthritis are treated in different ways. For example, NSAID medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen may relieve pain and inflammation of those affected by osteoarthritis. However, these painkillers might not be the best course of treatment for someone that suffers with rheumatoid arthritis, as in this type of the condition, the pain and inflammation is caused by the immune system over-reacting and affecting the joints.

Those with rheumatoid arthritis may find more relief from a disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) such as hydroxychloroquine, as this prevents the immune system from producing an excessive response and causing more pain.

Arthritis treatment should also involve some kind of self-management, which can include things such as:

  • Keeping as mobile as possible. Whilst it can be painful to move when you suffer with arthritis, it’s important to keep as mobile as you can for as long as possible, as this prevents the joints from stiffening up and becoming even more painful. You may need to take some kind of pain relief to help you become active, such as naproxen, ibuprofen, or paracetamol. Your own GP should advise you on what medication is best for you.
  • Losing weight if you have a BMI of over 25. A BMI of 25 or over is classed as being overweight, and any kind of excess weight on your joints can worsen your condition and make it more painful. It may help you to lose weight if you feel as though it could be affecting your condition. There are various ways in which you can do this, such as visiting a dietician to talk about your diet, going swimming or taking up some gentle exercise, or if you struggle with weight loss and have a BMI of over 30, weight loss medications might be an option for you. You should speak to your GP about what would be best for you.
  • Physiotheraphy. Physiotherapy may help if you’re struggling to move your joints, as a qualified physiotherapist will be able to design an exercise plan to help you to get your joints moving again. They may also be able to assess your current range of movement and make recommendations to your doctor if they feel that it’s appropriate

In some cases, where medications and self-management fail to relieve the symptoms of arthritis, your GP may refer you for surgery if they think it might help.

How is arthritis diagnosed

Depending on your age and symptoms, arthritis can often be diagnosed by your doctor taking a look at your symptom history and asking you questions about your mobility and pain. However, in some cases (especially if the patient is younger than 40), a doctor may request diagnostic imagine such as an X ray to rule out any other conditions such as breaks, fractures, sprains, cysts, or anything else that may cause pain and inflammation in the joints.

What causes arthritis

Arthritis can have many causes, with one of the most common being age. The older you get, the more likely you are to experience different types of arthritis. However, this isn’t the only factor in arthritis, as weight and family history can also play a part.

Commonly, joint injuries or the overuse of a joint can cause symptoms of arthritis in those both younger and older than 40, so it’s always a good idea to look after your joints properly when exercising to avoid or delay the onset of arthritis.

In some cases, there’s no known cause, such as in many diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis.

No matter what the cause of your arthritis is, it’s likely that you’ll need treatment on a long-term basis to help manage your symptoms.

Arthritis medication

Whilst there’s no cure for arthritis, various medications can be used to relieve pain, inflammation and stiffness of the joints.

One of the most popular arthritis medications is naproxen, which works by blocking a chemical that’s released by the body to cause pain and swelling at the site of damaged tissue. Whilst this can be helpful for temporary injuries such as sprains, it can worsen chronic conditions such as arthritis.

Other common arthritis medications include:

  • Painkillers such as paracetamol, or for more severe pain, codeine/co-codamol and other opiates
  • NSAIDs such as naproxen, ibuprofen, celecoxib and others
  • Topical treatments such as fleziseq or capsaicin balms or creams
  • DMARDs such as hydroxychloroquine and others
  • Biological treatments
  • Steroid medications such as cortisone to reduce inflammation

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment often involves the use of DMARDs such as hydroxychloroquine, as these tyoes of medicines alter how the cells in the immune system communicate with each other, making it harder for them to relay messages to each other and therefore reduces the overreaction of the immune system that causes symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Unfortuantely, this type of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis can often take up to 12 weeks to start working, so you may be prescribed an additional treatment alongside it so that you feel the full benefit of the medication as soon as possible.

You can huy rheumatoid arthritis treatment from Doctor4U by selscting an appropriate treatment and completing a consultation form about your symptoms and chosen medication.

Does cracking your knuckles give you arthritis?

Although it’s a common rumour in school playgrounds, there’s no evidence to suggest tht cracking your knuckles can lead to arthritis of any kind. However, if you do experience an injury to the joints of any of your fingers or knuckles, this may lead to problems in the future.

It’s sometimes thought that “cracking” your knuckles or fingers damages the bones, but the sound actually comes from pockets of nitrogen gas, and isn’t harmful to your health.

What age does arthritis start?

Arthritis can start at any age, but it usually starts to affect people in their mid 40s, and gets even more common after this age.

If you’re over the age of 45 and notice pain and inflammation in your joints, it’s a good idea to visit your GP as those symptoms may well indicate the onset of arthritis. However, if you’re younger than this and experiencing the same symptoms, they shouldn’t be ignored.

Always visit your GP if you suspect that something may be wrong.

Buy arthritis medication online

You can buy arthritis medication online from Doctor4U after completing a consultation form about your symptoms. These consultations are designed by our GMC-registered doctors to give them all the information needed to make a decision on your choice of treatment. Once you’ve completed these questions and selected the dosage and amount of medication that you need, your request will be sent to one of our doctors for review. If they think that it’s suitable for you to take based on your answers to their questions, they will approve your order and generate a prescription.

It’s fast, safe and simple to buy arthritis medication from Doctor4U. all orders are dispensed and shipped from our UK-based partner pharmacy, straight to your door with the same confidentiality and professionalism that you’d expect from your own GP.

Buy rheumatoid arthritis medication

You can now buy rheumatoid arthritis medication from Doctor4U. To order online, you’ll first need to be taking the medication that you intend to request. This is for your own safety, as taking something that you haven’t yet talked about with your GP could be dangerous.

When you buy rheumatoid arthritis medication from Doctor4U, you can rest assured that the treatment you receive will be from reputable sources and regulated by UK government bodies.