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Define Rheumatoid Arthritis

Define Rheumatoid Arthritis – The word arthritis comes from the Greek “Arthros” which means joints and “itis” that refers to inflammation (bronch-itis, tendon-itis, laryng-itis). A simple definition would therefore be “inflammation of the joints”. This definition is correct but perhaps simplistic as arthritis sufferers know that it can be a lot more.

Arthritis is one of the rheumatic diseases. These in turn are conditions that have different complications and treatments. A rheumatoid condition will affect joints, soft tissues, ligaments, muscles, tendons and can also affect the musculo-skeletal (muscles and bones) system. They can also include autoimmune diseases, one of which is Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Getting back to arthritis, as mentioned it affects the joints where inflammation is present. The joints are where two or more bones are in contact and they have developed to allow movement and give mechanical support. Our finger and toes for example have joints.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Guideline

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment guideline – Rheumatoid arthritis is not caused by aging, instead this condition is caused when your immune system starts to attack your joints for an unknown reason. When your immune system attacks these areas inflammation results, and this causes pain, problems with joint movement and function, tissue and bone damage, deformities, and even fatigue and a higher temperature. This fever affects the entire body, not just the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can be extremely painful, and affects all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Because of the pain, which can be debilitating at times, many people take narcotic pain medications or other drugs to become more comfortable and increase their movement ability. It is possible to manage the pain of this condition without harmful drugs though, and using alternative methods can be just as effective at relieving your symptoms and pain as anything your doctor can prescribe. In addition there are no risky side effects or mental dullness that pain medication may include with drug free treatments.

One very effective technique that can help with rheumatoid arthritis involves the use of heat and cold compresses or packs. Applying heat or cold to the joints that are affected can give you some relief, and the choice will depend on whether the pain is acute or chronic. A general guideline is that cold compresses and ice packs will work best if you suffer from acute pain, while chronic pain will usually respond better to a heat pack or compresses. Another step that can help minimize your discomfort is to exercise as much as you can within your specific physical limitations. If you do not use the joints then they will start to stiffen up, increasing the pain every time you move them. Exercises for range of motion in each joint will prevent this, and help decrease your pain in the long term.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis it is important that you stay positive and upbeat as much as possible. Your mental attitude plays a big part in the pain you experience, and depression can cause pain to be felt more severely. If you start to feel down or have negative thoughts make a conscious effort to reverse this thinking pattern and try to look at any positive things in your life. Laughter is an excellent way to minimize pain from rheumatoid arthritis, and this has been scientifically proven regardless of the cause of the pain. When you laugh your brain releases chemicals which minimize the pain impulses and improve your mood, making the pain seem much more manageable. Fill your life with people who make you laugh and help you stay in a positive frame of mind. Other treatments that do not involve drugs can include massage, acupuncture, relaxation techniques and training, electrical stimulation which increases the natural endorphins released by your brain, topical applications which will decrease the pain sensitivity of the nerves, and others.

Natural Cure for Junior Rheumatoid Arthritis

I have to break it too you, there are no medical or natural cures for junior rheumatoid arthritis. If there were a “magic pill” it would be “BIG” news, nobody would suffer anymore and we wouldn’t even hear about arthritis anymore.

However, there are a number of treatment options that make the management of arthritis a “very real” possibly.

Exercise

Exercise does a number of things, it helps to maintain, or even increase, the flexibility of joint and muscles and it also helps in achieving or maintaining a healthy body weight.

Being overweight increases the pain and discomfort of all forms of arthritis, and obesity or being overweight is one of the major causes of a number or health problems and diseases. So by getting rid of, or maintaining, a healthy weight not only will help you with your arthritis, but will also be helpful with your health in general.

Exercise specifically beneficial to those with arthritis includes:

o Water exercises (also called hydrotherapy) – Typically the water is very warm and classes can be found at most pools, the city, or in local health clubs.

o Yoga – classes are available in many communities and health clubs. I took a yoga class years ago at the local Junior College – if you have one nearby try there.

o Tai Chi

o And of course, just plain old walking. Whether it is fast or slow, just get out there.

Warm weather, or if you are inside, a warm environment, will probably be much easier on you. Even if it is cold out you will ‘warm up’, but it may take a while.

Your Diet, Vitamins and Supplements

To start with, doctors and many arthritic sufferers know that there are a number of vitamins, minerals and supplements that are very helpful in treating arthritis.

As any nutritionist will tell you the best way to get the vitamins and minerals you need is from food sources and by eating a healthy diet. Fortunately the majority of the vitamins and minerals, even supplements that are beneficial to arthritic suffers can be gotten from food sources.

In short the B vitamins, B3, 5 , 6 and 12, vitamins C, E and K. Calcium, Magnesium (which helps keep calcium in balance within your system), Zinc, Fish Oil (omega 3), glucosomine and chondrotin.

Not let’s have a look at some diet improvements that will also help you in getting these vitamin minerals and supplements. Eating fats found in red meat and poultry have actually been shown to increase inflammation. Switching to cold water fish can help reduce the inflammation, besides being a source of vitamins this also will help with fish oils.

Antioxidants, vitamin C and beta-carotene can be gotten from blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, limes, lemons, oranges, guavas, papayas, cantaloupe, spinach, kale, brussel sprouts, and broccoli..

B vitamins can be found in whole grains, dried beans, split peas, and lentils.

Vitamin D. Food sources: Fish liver oils, milk, egg yolks, tuna fish.

Vitamin E can be found in wheat germ, nuts, and green leafy vegetables.

And of course the easiest diet, both for arthritis and being healthy in general is to eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables, and go easy on fats and cholesterol.

The fruits and veggies will help you with vitamins and fiber, and be sure to talk with your physician or dietician as different types of arthritis have different needs as they may have ideas I didn’t mention.

A good mutli-vitamin will help supplement the vitamins in your body, but it is much better and healthier to get the majority of your vitamins from the foods you eat.

Junior Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Junior Rheumatoid arthritis can be a very painful condition that unfortunately doesn’t have a known cure at this point. This results from the immune system attacking the body’s joints, causing inflammation and pain. In certain instances, damage is done to internal organs by the immune system as well. Professionals are unsure why the immune system reacts in this manner, nor do they know how to rid of the disease.

However, in recent years tremendous progress has been made to limit the advancement of rheumatoid arthritis and managing the symptoms.

Symptoms

Symptoms frequently start in smaller joints and work their way toward the larger ones. Swelling and joint pain are common symptoms, as well as stiffness after sitting or lying down, and red hands. Additional symptoms could include a low grade fever, fatigue, and weight loss.

Diagnosis

A number of tests are available to help in providing the correct diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. For instance, a blood test can be administered to measure the erythrocyte sedimentation rate levels, which refers to the presence of inflammation in the body. Also, another type of blood test is used to search the bloodstream for certain antibodies that may indicate the presence of rheumatoid arthritis.

A joint fluid sample may be taken by the doctor if the disease is suspected. In order to determine the amount of joint damage done, X-rays may also be taken.

Treatment Options

The treatment can start as soon as the official diagnoses has been made. The purpose of medications is to manage pain and delay the advancement of the arthritis. In recent years, new medications have become available and have shown to be useful for improving the quality of life for patients. If the joints get damaged too severely however, the patient may be encouraged to get surgery to regain use of a certain joint again.

Understanding History of Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is meant by Rheumatoid Arthritis?

History of Rheumatoid ArthritisRheumatoid Arthritis is a very commonly found form of arthritis. It is a disease that gets worsened over a period of time and leads to painful swelling and permanent damage in the joints of the body particularly the fingers, wrists, feet and ankle. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease i.e. a disease in which the body’s immune system damages its own tissues. The injured tissues cause reddening, swelling and pain in the particular area. Apart from inflammatory joints, this disease can even hit one’s internal organs such as lungs, eyes and heart. It is therefore a systemic ailment that often produces excruciating intolerable pain.

People prone to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Women especially between 20 to 60 years of age are more susceptible to develop Rheumatoid arthritis due to the innumerable hormonal alterations in their body because of various reasons. However, young and the old, anyone can be afflicted by this autoimmune systemic disease.

Symptoms and Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Pain, irritation, stiffness, extreme weariness after doing day’s work and even swelling of joints, mark the onset of arthritis. If the situation deteriorates gradually, it is definitely Rheumatoid arthritis.

Contrary to gradual development, in some cases the disease might just hit within few seconds with inflammation and fever.

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