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Arthritis pain: Do’s and don’ts

By Mayo Clinic Staff for SouthFloridaReporter.com, Aug 26, 2015 – Arthritis is a leading cause of pain and disability worldwide. You can find plenty of advice about easing the pain of arthritis and other conditions with exercise, medication and stress reduction. How do you know what will work best for you?

Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you figure it out.

Basics

Whatever your condition, it will be easier to stay ahead of your pain if you:

  • Talk to your doctor about your symptoms, arthritis related or not. Sometimes seemingly unrelated problems are, in fact, connected.
  • Give your doctor complete information about your medical conditions and medications, including over-the-counter medications and supplements.
  • Ask your doctor for a clear definition of the type of arthritis you have.
  • Find out whether any of your joints are already damaged.
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