Ask The Doctors: October 2011

Depression and Arthritis . . . Alternative Treatments . . . Pain Med Side Effects

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It is known that depression affects a persons sleep patterns, appetite, and the perception of pain. Sleep-deprived people, in particular, frequently perceive pain more intensely than others. It is important that you bring to your doctors attention symptoms of depression so that treatment may be undertaken. Such treatment can enable you to better cope with arthritis pain and should be part of a comprehensive medical program to reduce the impact of arthritis on your mobility and quality of life.
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