Work with your GP, who knows you best, to determine which ant-inflammatory/pain medications will work best for you.
Try and stay or get as healthy as you can. If your GP recommends weight loss, smoking cessation, alcohol reduction, activity modification, a healthier diet or better sleep, listen to him or her.
This is a long journey that can be life altering. Your approach to your arthritis will make all the difference in management, surgery and post surgical recovery. Utilize resources that are available to you such as the Arthritis Foundation and the Arthritis Society of Canada to learn ways to stay active and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Stay informed and continue to be active in your arthritis management, this is an essential part to a better and healthier life.
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