What is rheumatoid arthritis and what are muscle relaxants?

When you have rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system, which normally fights infection, attacks the lining of your joints. This causes the joints to become swollen, stiff, and painful. In general, it first affects the small joints nitro strength of the hands and feet. There is currently no cure for RA, so treatments try to relieve pain and stiffness and improve movement ability.

Muscle relaxants can be used to treat anxiety and promote sleep, and some people believe that they can also relieve pain by acting on the nerves that cause it, although this claim is still debatable. Muscle relaxants include drugs that reduce muscle spasm (eg, benzodiazepines such as diazepam [Valium], Xanax, Ativan, and non-benzodiazepine drugs such as Skelaxin, Muscol) and drugs that prevent increased muscle tone (baclofen and dantrolene).

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