Arthritis Pain Control for Senior Citizens

Arthritis Pain Control for Senior Citizens

Topics on Tap in Arthritis Pain Control for Senior Citizens:

Arthritis Pain Control for Senior Citizens
  1. Arthritis Pain Belongs to The Person
  2. Unfortunately Drugs Come With Baggage
  3. Over The Counter Drugs Can Help
  4. Homeopathic Arthritis Pain Relief
  5. Drug Free Forms of Arthritis Pain Control
  6. Final Thoughts on What Else to Watch For

Arthritis Pain Control for Senior Citizens

Arthritis pain control for senior citizens comes in all shapes and sizes. The kicker, as you might guess, is you want one that is tailored for your specific pain and arthritis symptoms. And it is a well known fact senior citizens experience arthritis pain.

And keep in mind, the degree of pain is determined by the degree a person’s body parts are afflicted by arthritis.

Quite naturally people will say they want relief from arthritis. What they are really saying is they would love to find some relief from the pain arthritis is causing. They blend the two as if they were one. They are not one.

Some people will ask for a cure for their arthritis pain. And unfortunately, there are no known cures for arthritis as of this date. So they should actually articulate they want arthritis pain relief. 

That request is more directly in line with what their true demand is. On the other hand nobody can blame people for blending the affliction with its inherent pain and asking for relief.

Arthritis Pain is Specific to The Individual

By no means is all arthritis pain equal. Fortunately in today’s medical environment many cases find relief in the doctor’s office. Or even on the pharmacy’s shelf.

Unfortunately since not all arthritis pains are equal it means not all arthritis pain control will produce the desired results.

To clarify real quickly by in the “Dr’s office” I mean the Dr can prescribe relief for patients with small to medium pain levels. Not even today’s drugs will cure anyone’s arthritis, but they will provide relief. And most people know there are several medications available for arthritis pain relief. 

On top of that I’m sure we can agree most are safe. I’m sure we can agree again that a number of medications on this planet are not completely free of side effects. As sad as it may be, they can be helpful depending on an individuals situation.

For example, if I have terminal cancer I don’t care about side effects when it comes to pain relief. A little off the mark in relation to arthritis pain but I think you see what I’m saying. Circumstance always plays a major role in making those types of decisions.

And that brings us smack dab into the middle of my next topic.

Unfortunately Drugs Come With Baggage

This baggage comes in the form of side effects. Side effects in some drugs can include death. Drugs also have an inherent negative in that as a person uses them the body builds up a tolerance. Hence the patient requires bigger and bigger doses to get the same relief. 

Because gaining a tolerance means the drugs can’t do what they were doing when you first started taking them. Given this is true rational people want to know how to approach getting the proper pain relief without the baggage.

No one wants to have tolerance and side effect problems. 

The first thought that comes to mind is if you’re suffering from mild or occasional pain, coupling rest with cold or hot packs is all you really need..

If you’re taking a drug(s) to control arthritis pain, you’re wise in staying on top of your dosage. And even wiser for monitoring your body.

Certainly don’t be hesitant about talking to your doctor if you notice anything you consider to be out of the ordinary. And I do mean anything out of the ordinary. 

Over The Counter Drugs, aka OTC Might Help

Most people are familiar with the term over-the-counter or OTC drugs. OTC medications are available at any drug store in the country. You don’t need a prescription. You only need the proper amount of cash to pay for them.

And maybe you need to be 18 years old. I don’t think so, but it sounds possible and I can’t remember.

TV ads tell us that acetaminophen and aspirin will relieve our pain and inflammation. All we have to do is make a trip to our favorite drug store and buy a bottle. As long we take as directed, we will be pain free and have happy lives.

That may be the case but unfortunately even OTC drugs like their prescription counterparts have side effects. The first one that comes to mind is the doesn’t always work as advertised.

Therefore if or when the pain persists, consult your doctor immediately.

Never, and I mean never, ignore severe and prolonged arthritis pain.

All Natural Homeopathic Arthritis Pain Relief

Another popular remedy is the all natural homeopathic means. Included in this remedy are herbs and nutritional ingredients. Herbs, or herbal remedy, is considered by many to be “the first medicine”.

This is borne out because many herbs have been in use since Biblical times.

Because many of these herbs were to ease pain and help with many other conditions. In many cultures, herbal medicine is the only medicine. And if helps you get some arthritis pain control than I suggest you go with that.

The homeopathic factor triggers your body’s natural pain relief mechanisms. It is the faster-acting part of the formula and is responsible for what many people experience as “instant relief”.

Of course homeopathic remedies have drawbacks as well. Although rare, some people cannot use the products as they produce side effects. So if you decide on a homeopathic remedy, monitor your body the same as if you were on prescription drugs.

Remember, it is your body and you want safe and effective pain relief.

Drug Free Forms of Arthritis Pain Control

Believe it or not, if you simply rest the painful joint you can get a lot of relief. Because just resting a joint can help it a lot.

If that doesn’t provide enough relief try applying cold packs to relieve the pain. You can also try using hot packs to ease stiff and achy joints or muscles.

Hopefully you just discovered the remedy that will work for you each time a symptom rears its ugly head. Simply put another way, basic self medication technique is your pain relief program.

Arthritis pain control certainly is possible. On the other hand, nobody said it would be easy to find the pain control regimen that is right for you the first time. Because it may take several tries. But at least you know pain relief exists.

And this is actually a giant step for mankind. And a giant arthritic pain control step for mankind. 

Final Thoughts on What Else to Watch For

Generally speaking you may have over treated or under treated yourself. Both are real possibilities given the universal dosage recommended on the label isn’t really a one size fits all remedy.

Subsequently, if you are in that category, talk with your doctor.

I might sound like a broken record but it’s worth repeating myself. Never, and I mean never, ignore severe and prolonged arthritis pain.

Prolonged pain may mean you have joint damage requiring daily medication. Obviously your self prescribed dosage or choice of medications is not fulfilling your pain relief requirement.

Some people focus only on the pain and not on ways to relieve their pain. And then the result is almost always a negative effect on a person’s mood. Moreover the inherent hazard is you allow your pain to not only become worse but harder to manage.

Wrap your total consciousness around the fact you are experiencing pain and you want relief. Above all make it a zen experience. And let your mind interact with your doctor’s prescription. Or your new found OTC medication.



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Senior Outreach Ministries makes no warranty, representation, or guarantee regarding the information contained herein or the suitability of any products and/or services for any particular purpose. Any performance specifications are believed to be reliable but are not verified. Buyer must conduct and complete all performance and other testing of the products and/or services, alone and together with, or installed in, any end-products and/or services. Buyer shall not rely on any data and performance specifications or parameters provided by Senior Outreach Ministries. It is the Buyer’s responsibility to independently determine suitability of any products and/or services and to test and verify the same. Senior Outreach Ministries does not assume any liability whatsoever arising out of the application or use of any product or service. And in the name of full disclosure one should assume any ad they click on or purchase they make will provide us with a small fee. This is not added to the purchase price of any item or service you purchase. It is however one of the ways we fund the help we provide to seniors and their caregivers. Any recipients of our help as well as our staff thank you and appreciate you greatly.

Medical Billing and What You Don’t Know

Medical Billing and What You Don’t Know

Medical billing is a lot more involved than you think. So, if you think all you do is hand over your insurance card you better think again & read this. Now.

Medical Billing and What You Don’t Know is the title of this article. The “What You Don’t Know” will probably come as a huge eye opener. And a huge eye opener to a majority of readers at that. Believe me, when I say what you don’t know about hospital billing is important.

Because, it is very important.

Medical billing is something that holds some potentially expensive pitfalls. This article covers two of them. Not in detail but sufficiently so you won’t fall into their traps.

Medical Billing and What You Don't Know

We all have experienced what seems like a mountain of forms you have to fill out when you go to a clinic, urgent care, hospital or doctor’s office for the first time. The problem is we don’t read all of them. We just fillin the boxes and sign or initial on the marked lines.

A Quick Personal Experience

So, I had occasion to use the services of a clinic I have never used prior to the morning learned this neat lesson. Like all clinics they give the new patient anywhere from 4 to 6 pages and/or forms to complete. It’s the usual stuff. Name, address, phone number, email, contact person, types of medication you are using and primary care physician. As well as a list of medical conditions you check if you have that particular condition or conditions.

Which is why most people believe the only requirement is to present their insurance card and the clinic does the rest. No surprises, right? The first surprise however for most of us is the block labeled social security number. Most people simply fill it in. I never give them my number. And I do give them my insurance cards.

Ahhh, but wait, there is a surprise. Read the forms and you will see the burden is actually on you. They list it as your responsibility for making sure the provider is paid by the insurance company. 

Wait a minute, did I just say what I think I said?

Your insurance cards have all the necessary numbers for the clinic to be reimbursed. They do not require your social security number. In fact, if they do have it, they must have a social security number safeguard policy in place and give you a copy of that document upon request.

This is required by a provision in USC 42. USC isn’t the University of Southern California in this case, it is the United States Code. This is going to serve as the first piece of the medical billing and what you don’t know. Moreover, it is packing a whammy that surprises, if not shocks and befuddles, most patients.

The second piece of the medical billing shock story is something called courtesy. Yep, good old fashioned courtesy. How can courtesy be something you don’t know? You’re courteous to everybody.

Easy. Like so many of us, you didn’t read the medical billing form. You simply initialed and signed on the marked lines and assumed your handing over your insurance cards was all that was necessary. Once again, like so many of us do and have done. In almost every case that is correct. However, in some cases, the patient not only has to deal with the illness but the insurance payment process.

It works like this. If you had read the medical billing form you most likely would have seen words to the effect:

*This clinic bills your insurance out of courtesy to you. You’re responsible for payment and any follow up necessary to complete the payment.*

What?

You read that right. Surprise, Surprise!!

You are responsible because there are no laws that shift the responsibility on to the clinic to attempt to collect the money owed. Hence, the clinic is providing a courtesy to the patient. They do it because they want to get paid as soon as possible. That part isn’t a surprise, right?

Hard to believe in this day and age no law like that exists but true. That is one aspect not talked about in the current health care debates. It would seem like if you paid your premiums and your coverage is in force and you gave the front desk clerk your cards your part should be over.

Like I said, in most cases, that is the end of the story. The clinic’s insurance manager submits the forms to the company and the clinic waits for payment. You do not know if or when the payment will be made but you did your part. At least according to how it has always worked in the past.

This is the second medical billing. And what you don’t know that could potentially raise its ugly head and cause you a heartache. Pay attention to the forms. So you can ask questions while you are standing at the front desk.

Trust me, you will sleep way better if you do.



Senior Outreach Ministries achieves it’s objectives with the capital we’ve either earned or received from donors. The Proud 2 B A Senior Ribbon for example. Donate $5, get a ribbon and help us help a hungry Senior Citizen in need. All proceeds remain in the Ministries to be used per our mission statement. We are a volunteer church. No one receives a salary or wage. Please help us help less fortunate hungry Seniors. We never have and never will ask the government for grants, funds or hand outs. Thank You in advance.