According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are more than 100 types of the disease and its related conditions. Arthritis affects people of all ages, races and sexes, although it tends to occur most often as you age and is also more common in women.
WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?
Arthritis is a common, yet not well-understood, condition. The term arthritis means joint inflammation. It affects your connective tissue, joints and the tissues surrounding them.
There are many different types of arthritis. The following are some of the most common:
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It occurs when your cartilage wears away. Bone rubs against bone, and you experience stiffness, pain and swelling. Your joints can lose strength, and your pain can become long-term over time.
Your risk of getting osteoarthritis increases if you have the following factors:
- Older age
- Excess weight
- Family history of osteoarthritis
- Previous injury
Metabolic arthritis patients have elevated levels of uric acid in the body. If you have this type of arthritis, you can’t get rid of your elevated uric acid levels quickly enough. It builds up and forms needle-like crystals in the joints.
Metabolic arthritis sufferers experience sudden bouts of intense joint pain or gout. Gout may become chronic and can result in long-term disability and pain if you don’t reduce your uric acid levels.
Inflammatory arthritis is the result of your immune system mistakenly attacking your joints. It causes inflammation and potential joint erosion. Your body may sustain damage as a consequence of the disease. Both psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are examples of inflammatory arthritis.
SYMPTOMS OF ARTHRITIS
The most common arthritis symptoms are joint swelling, pain and stiffness. You may find your range of motion decreases, and that you have red skin around the affected joints. You could find your symptoms are worse in the morning.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you tend to lose your appetite and feel tired. There’s also the risk of anemia and fever when you have RA. If you don’t get your RA condition treated, your joints may look deformed.
HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA HELPS WITH ARTHRITIS
Marijuana is useful for joint pain and inflammation. It’s also often used for enhancing your appetite, treating insomnia and for elevating your mood. If you feel tired due to your condition, pot can offer you a pick-me-up whenever it’s needed.