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Canadians living with arthritis report they are feeling the pain. In fact, according to a new Leger Marketing survey, nine out of 10 patients are fre ...

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Not following doctors' orders and paying the price in pain

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(NC)-Canadians living with arthritis report they are feeling the pain. In fact, according to a new Leger Marketing survey, nine out of 10 patients are frequently frustrated by their arthritis pain, and say it has a significant impact on their lives. Even basic activities like physical exercise, socializing with friends, and going to work can be a challenge.

But despite being fed up with their arthritis pain, more often than not, Canadians are not following their doctor's instructions when it comes to pain relief medication. For example, they often alter doses and frequency as they see fit, or skip doses altogether, and do so without medical supervision. In fact, the majority find their medication works, but 87 per cent do not take it properly - if at all.

The most common reason patients give for not taking their medication as prescribed is concern about over-medicating themselves. It's the, "it's not so bad today, so I'll just grin and bear it" approach. Pain relief medication was found in the study to be altered more often than any other medication.

"Canadians should take their pain relief medication consistently because it not only works to relieve pain, but it can also prevent pain from getting worse," says Dr. Vivien Brown, family physician. "I recommend first trying over-the-counter medications with acetaminophen, found in products like Tylenol Arthritis Pain, because it is proven to be a safe active ingredient when used alongside medications you are taking for other conditions."

Taking medication as prescribed is just one of the things Canadians should do to actively manage their arthritis and joint pain. Other simple steps include improving eating habits to maintain a healthy weight and avoid putting undue stress on joints, and becoming more active to keep joints loose.

The Just Diagnosed Toolkit is a new tool from The Arthritis Society that can help Canadians living with arthritis learn how to better manage their pain and get back to the life they enjoy. The toolkit is now available online at www.arthritis.ca/justdiagnosedkit, www.tylenol.ca, and www.livingwell.ca.

Credit: www.newscanada.com