Yes, it is. But researches have no sure answers as to why it should be so. They doubt that it may be because to the stimulation in the adrenal glands which follows sexual arousal. This adrenal glands produce cortisones, which reduces inflammation, therefore maybe bringing relief from arthritis pain.
A trickier and more important question is “how to encourage those arthritis sufferers to be sexually active? A very tricky question. Well in fact, in the first place arthritis of the hips, for example, can make sexual relation interest; the sufferers can also dampen related feelings of independence, personal attractiveness and self-esteem. For many, this can become a hard-to-break cycle that may require professional help.
There arthritis that mostly affects young men. Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disorder of the spine that usually strikes young men in their twenties. Not to be confused with spondylosis, or osteoarthritis of the spine, ankylosing spondylitis can often be overlooked, especially in younger patients. As is the case with rheumatoid arthritis, susceptibility to the disease may be inherited, but spondylitis patients do not carry the rheumatoid factor in their blood. A possible trigger is bowel infection.
The disease begins with inflammation of the connective tissues that tie the vertebrae together, which leads to decreased spinal mobility. In some cases arm and leg joints may be affected. The inflamed connective tissues may harden, or calcify, and cause permanent stiffness of the spine. In advanced cases where treatment has been delayed, the entire spine may be frozen in a characteristic stooped position.
Like rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis requires careful lifetime management to maintain flexibility and to minimize structural deformity. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the main medications, together with physiotherapy to improve posture and to stretch the spine and it supporting muscles. Steroids and radiotherapy may also be used treat the disease.