By Dr. Brian McDonough

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Arthritis comes in various forms but the one thing all forms of arthritis have in common is the fact that there is pain.

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People with arthritis will do everything they can to try and reduce the pain. One of the most difficult forms of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. In rheumatoid arthritis the condition is one which is progressive. The protective cushioning between bones is worn away and bone makes more contact with bone.

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There are medications that can help with the pain but we have learned that certain medications called the DMARDS, if given early enough in the course of the illness, can slow down the progression of arthritis.

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If you suffer from arthritis and have not seen your physician lately take some time to make a visit and see what is available.