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Experts Urge Arthritis Sufferers To Discuss Pain With Their Doctor

Orlando, FL - March 30, 2015 - Arthritis is an increasing problem, with millions of sufferers in the United States alone. Some experts are now concerned that there is also a growing trend of individuals self-medicating with potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals to manage their pain. According these experts, sufferers need to learn how they can properly discuss their pain with their healthcare provider to ensure they are getting proper treatment.

“Arthritis is not a condition that should be taken lightly. Sufferers should be seeking help from their doctor to determine the right pain management option for them,” said VitaBreeze Supplements spokesperson, Michelle O’Sullivan.

According to experts, there are 4 steps to discuss pain with one's doctor properly. Individuals are encouraged to first keep a journal to document their pain. It can help to record the level of pain at various times of day, as well as what they were doing at the time. These steps can truly be helpful in allowing a doctor to understand each patient's unique circumstances.

The director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, Wellness Institute, Tanya Edwards, MD, suggested that having a diary is essential before sufferers even try to enter the doctor’s clinic. They should record the severity of pain in the morning, noon and night, as well as the medications that work for them. Individuals can also state whether or not they limit their activities, what makes their pain worse or better, or what food helps them achieve pain relief.

“Doctor Edwards also added that numbering the pain is also essential. Individuals with arthritis should rate their pain on a scale of one to ten, the latter being the most painful,” added O’Sullivan.

Mehul J. Desai, MD, the George Washington University Hospital’s director of Pain Medicine and Non-Operative Spine Services, also suggested that sufferers should only discuss with their doctor three of their most pressing concerns. Doctor Desai ads that individuals should tell their healthcare provider about how their pain is affecting their daily routines, such as if it's keeping them from walking and working.

Discussing the condition with the doctor properly can significantly help sufferers improve the quality of their life. Experts also suggest that people discuss the pain relief options they are using, including natural alternatives. Individuals who suffer from arthritis often use supplements such as glucosamine as they believe this alternative is more effective and safer than drugs (http://www.amazon.com/Glucosamine-Sulfate-Chondroitin-Supplement-Turmeric/dp/B00DUMO9X4/).

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