Most pain regimens start with acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID, pronounced EN-sed). Mild but persistent discomfort, such as breast and underarm surgery pain, can usually be managed by these medications alone.
There are many NSAIDs, including:
ibuprofen (brand names: Advil, Motrin, Nuprin)
naproxen (brand names: Naprosyn, Naprolan)
naproxen sodium (brand names: Aleve, Anaprox)
ketoprofen (brand name: Orudis)
indomethacin (brand name: Indocin)
piroxicam (brand name: Feldene)
nabumetone (brand name: Relafen)
The response to NSAIDs varies from person to person and medication to medication. If pain doesn't lessen or end when you use one NSAID, that doesn't mean it won't improve if you try another.
You may need to try different NSAIDs before finding the right one for your pain. Never take more than the maximum dose recommended by the manufacturer. If you're taking aspirin, Coumadin (chemical name: warfarin), or other blood thinners, or if...
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic illness, which in the worst case is a progressive disease, and can have a profound effect on the general physical and mental well-being of patients. The assessment of the severity of rheumatoid arthritis is very important in terms of monitoring the course of the disease and measuring the effectiveness of treatment.
There have been many proposals as to how to assess severity. Some have said it is necessary to consider joint swelling, evidence of damage on x-rays, abnormal labs, and disability, as the damage to the joints may make it difficult or impossible to go about one’s daily activities. In addition, rheumatoid arthritis can occasionally affect other organs, such as the lungs, the heart, the blood system and the nervous system; so, the presence or absence, and the severity, of involvement of the other body systems must also be considered. Of course, disease activity can fluctuate over time.&nb...
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