Author: Linda Ragan


Symptoms And Treatment of Rheumatism

Rheumatism is a term which is used in describing the symptoms associated with pains in joints, surrounding soft tissue (connective tissue) and in the muscles. This term is no longer used by the modern doctors. It was widely used in the 14th century. That was the time when physicians did not have a clear understanding of rheumatism. In fact, they used to bundle all the painful disorders which were affecting the bones, muscles and the soft tissues and joints into one broad category which they labelled as rheumatism. In the modern medicine, this term is used to cover a various symptoms and health conditions ranging from inflammation to lower back pain.

Symptoms of rheumatism

Severe rheumatic symptoms are described as an ‘intense flowing pain.’ Individuals having rheumatic condition will experience muscle pain, joint pain or both. The pain resulting from inflammation will have varying degrees. This pain is usually accompanied by limitation of movement on the affected part of the body or stiffness of joints. This pain can be experienced in any joint including your spinal or knee joints and the other joints in your hips giving rise to back pain or neck pain. Any condition which can lead to inflammation and pain or limit the movements of joints can give rise to rheumatism symptoms.

Generalized rheumatism symptoms

This is the pain or symptoms which affect the various part of your body simultaneously. They are termed by medical doctors as rheumatic conditions or symptoms. The following the main types of rheumatic conditions which can affect the different parts or areas of your body.

  • Fibromyalgia-This is characterized by inflammation affecting both the connective tissues and muscles in the body.
  • Lupus, polymyositis, scleroderma, dermatomyositis– This includes all the immune illness which affect the connective tissues and the body muscles.
  • Polymyalgia rheumatic-This is a condition which affects the muscles of your thighs and shoulders.

Treatment options for rheumatism symptoms

A change in a person’s lifestyle and diet can significantly help in reducing the symptoms in the individuals suffering from rheumatism.

Pain –killing medication

This involves taking gels or pills prescribed by a medical doctor. These pills are readily available at the local pharmacies and can be taken even without the physician’s prescription. You should be careful when taking these painkillers to avoid over dependence on them.

 

Natural remedies

There are different types of natural remedies which are used in relieving joint and muscle pains. These include Arnica, essential oils and the Devil’s claw. Reducing the stress level and anxiety can also help in reducing the symptoms of rheumatism.

 

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How To Overdose Of Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs and Over-the-counter medications are used in relieving pain or healing ailments. However, you should be extremely careful when using these drugs for them to work effectively. Otherwise, an overdose of these drugs can end up ruining your health. It is therefore very important to stick with the doctor’s prescription.

Any misuse of drugs should always be avoided as it can harm the patient. Abuse or overdose of prescription drugs can be fatal. According to the data obtained from Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention, the number of deaths recorded from misuse of prescription drugs from 1999 to 2014 was high among the individuals aged between 25 to 54 years.

To avoid any misuse or overdose of drugs, most of the prescription medicines including, cough syrups, pain killers come with special measuring tools such as syringes, spoons, cups to ensure that the patients take a right or recommended dose. However, there is still a high probability of overdose among the individuals addicted to these drugs. Additionally, a situation can arise when we have the patient succumbing to an unintentional or accidental overdose. Described below are the effective strategies which can be adopted to avoid such cases of accidental overdose

Reading the labels

OTC and prescription drugs are administered according to the information provided on the label. The dose administered is decided by a medical doctor. The doctor should always take into account of the warnings and instructions mentioned on the label when deciding on the appropriate dose. It is important to note that different drugs or medicines have different strengths and the instructions about the dose given vary for adults, children, etc.

Know the patient’s weight

Since a particular type of medicine is used in treating the same illness or health condition in adults and children, the dose prescribed varies for each. The dose given is determined by certain factors such as weight and age of the patient.  As far as children are concerned, you should be very sensitive when administering drugs to them. You should strictly follow the doctor’s instructions to avoid complications.

Be aware of “the active ingredients.”

You should always check the active ingredients of any medicine before using them to treat your medical condition. These ingredients are mentioned on the label. In case you are taking two different drugs which have the same amount of the active ingredients, then it means that you are taking twice the amount of the prescribed drugs. The doctor should always be consulted when such cases arise.

 

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