Pain is expected with arthritis. Inflammation in the joints causes pain. Swelling and stiffness are common symptoms that accompany arthritis and, depending on the severity of the disease and the type of arthritis, the symptoms can range from mild to extreme and will decrease the affected person’s range of motion. Pain symptoms increase over time as the condition worsens. A number of factors cause arthritic pain. A few follow below.
Cartilage cushions the bones in their sockets and prevents friction from bone rubbing against bone. Degenerative arthritis breaks down the cartilage in the bones, wearing it away and causing the bones to rub against one another. This causes pain in the joints and also stiffness and swelling. Adding weight to the equation will exacerbate painful symptoms. Loss of cartilage is a common reason for arthritis pain.
Purines are substances that are found in animal and plant foods that your body converts to uric acid. Crystals form inside the joints when uric acid builds up. Metabolic arthritis is negatively affected by uric acid that builds up in the body and is especially uncomfortable for persons who naturally produce higher levels of the acid. Painful gout or joint pain occurs as a result. Reducing uric acid will decrease pain. Constant chronic pain will occur if gout continues to reappear and if uric acid isn’t reduced.
If you have arthritis, you may want to avoid nightshade vegetables – tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant and a host of others – as they may exacerbate arthritis pain. Solanine is a poisonous compound that is found in nightshades. Persons sensitive to solanine may find their sensitivity extends to pain associated with arthritis, as it’s an inflammatory property. Other foods that may cause inflammation and arthritic pain include:
- Processed sugar
- Saturated and Trans fats
- Mono-sodium glutamate (MSG)
- Artificial sweeteners
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. The pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis results when the body’s immune system attacks the body’s tissues, particularly the lubricating, fluid producing synovium or soft tissue in the joints, removing the protective covering within the joint.
When a joint is injured it can exhibit arthritic pain symptoms. Infection is also a cause for a pain that may be associated with arthritis, as can any disease that may affect tendons and ligaments, bursae or even a tumor in the joint.
Overworking a joint is a concern for anyone with arthritis. The degenerative properties of arthritis attack the joint in such a way that it no longer functions properly. Wear and tear on the joint causes fatigue and with overuse, it becomes weaker. The pain accompanies weakness caused by fatigue, which is also accompanied by inflammation.
Pain and arthritis go together. However, pain doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks. Balcones Pain Consultants has three convenient locations in Austin, Cedar Park, and Marble Falls, to make it as easy as possible for you to quickly and conveniently get the relief you need. Our friendly staff is available to answer your questions about pain management, and we look forward to serving you. To schedule an appointment, please call our office at (512) 834-4141, or use our secure online appointment request form. If you have a question or want more information, we invite you to call our office, email us at email@example.com, or use the convenient form below to send us a message.