Posted on: 7 January 2020
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are painful degenerative disorders, which may also be disabling. While taking prescription pain medications and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs can help reduce pain and inflammation, they can cause side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding, nausea, fluid retention, and renal problems.
If you are unable to tolerate your arthritis medications, talk to your doctor about enrolling in a clinical research study. Here are some things that researchers have found to have positive effects on arthritic conditions. Your doctor may try to find you a paid clinical research study pertaining to the following.
Systemic Inflammation Effect On Arthritis
Certain things can trigger systemic inflammation, which is thought to worsen the symptoms of both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Obesity not only stresses the joints, but it also may cause body-wide inflammation.
For those diagnosed with osteoarthritis, body-wide inflammation may result in joint pain and swelling. Body-wide inflammation caused by obesity may cause an increase in fatigue, muscle and joint pain, loss of appetite, and weakness in people who have rheumatoid arthritis.
Losing weight can dampen systemic inflammation, which may improve symptoms of arthritic conditions. Ask your doctor if he or she knows of any clinical studies pertaining to the effects of systemic inflammation on arthritis and if you would be an appropriate candidate for participating in the study.
Magnesium Clinical Studies
Other clinical studies to talk to your doctor about are those pertaining to the benefits of magnesium on arthritis. Magnesium is an essential nutrient that every cell in your body needs. It can help relieve pain and inflammation, and may also help lower the risk for heart attack and stroke.
People with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, may be at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. However, taking magnesium supplements or consuming magnesium-rich foods may lower their risks.
While you will be closely monitored while participating in a magnesium clinical study, your doctor may not want you to participate if you have certain medical conditions or if you take certain medications. Large doses of magnesium may interfere with certain blood pressure or heart medications and it may also increase your risk for abnormal bleeding if you take prescription anticoagulant medications.
If you have rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, talk to your health care provider about participating in a clinical research study. He or she will evaluate your condition and tell you whether or not you might benefit from enrolling so that you can make an informed decision.Share