Arthritis is a common term for an illness that covers a wide spectrum that comprises more than one hundred illnesses. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatic arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common, while rheumatoid arthritis is the other most common. Rheumatoid arthritis, however, is the most serious form of arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can vary-and can include any of the foregoing symptoms or all of the foregoing symptoms. Different symptoms may be apparent at various stages of the disease. Consulting a doctor with a listing of your known symptoms can help you discover if rheumatoid arthritis is the kind of arthritis you have.
A new initiative is getting rheumatoid arthritis sufferers moving – in some unlikely ways. Many arthritis sufferers fear exercise will make their joints more painful, even though experts say it will help their condition. In the first NHS organised scheme of its kind in the UK, Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth has piloted exercise classes for people with arthritis. The hospital offered 10 types of therapy, ranging from Tai Chi to water exercises. The Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has hailed the …
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can appear for a time, causing the occurrence of symptoms. This is called a flare, and can be very frequent and progressively deteriorating or spontaneous and sporadic. The symptoms can also disappear for periods. This is called remission. Remission can be the outcome of the treatment or can happen without warning. Remissions can last weeks, months or years for the lucky patients of rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms will most commonly include muscle and joint pain and stiffness during a flare. Other symptoms can be extreme fatigue, loss of appetite and a small-grade fever. Joints can become swollen and tender to the touch. All of these symptoms will be more prevalent first thing in the morning, or after other stretches of inactivity.
There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. However, there has been much progress in controlling symptoms and relieving the pain and discomfort. Studies show that the earlier you seek treatment for your disease, the more effectively you’ll be in a position to control the symptoms and slow the progress of the illness. The best way to treat your rheumatoid arthritis is through exercise in order to reinforce the joints, a combination of rest, and medication to ease the pain and slow joint deterioration. A rheumatologist is a physician who specializes in autoimmune disorders. He’ll be in a position to help you find the best way of treatment for your particular situation. A pain medication such as Tylenol and moderate activity may be enough to keep the symptoms at bay, for mild cases of the disease. There are a range of medications that can be tried until one is found that offers satisfactory results, among those with more severe cases.
Before you use medicine to treat your rheumatoid arthritis, you should educate yourself as much as possible. Learn all you can about the potential side effects, how the medication interacts with other drugs and foods, and how the medication will affect your daily life. Controlling rheumatoid arthritis symptoms with medication may be the solution, for some people. Others may decide not to take the risks involved in the medications available for treating rheumatoid arthritis.
FAQ’s: When will my rheumatoid arthritis be severe?I'm 16 and I've been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Factor Positive Arthritis. I've also been diagnosed with Hypermobility Syndrome. (total oposite of arthritis) The doctors said the reason why im still so flexible even though i have arthritis is because the arthritis hasnt stayed in one place for a long enough time to do damage in my joint. 1 year ago I had huge amounts of pain on my shoulder and hands. My nuckles would flare up and show redness, I had trouble moving them. For 2 years now I've been having pain on my heels which couses me to walk…weird.. but as the day goes by it gets better. Today I no longer have any pain in my hands but only one knuckle is swollen (fluid and inflamation inside) but it doesnt hurt. I will be starting medication by injection with Methotrexate. My question is will my arthritis ever go away?… Around what age will my arthritis start to affect most of my body and mobility? Will I be able to have kids? Does stress or depression worsen Arthritis? Are there any Do's and Dont's with Arthritis? Could you give me any tips on how to live with this?… Thank You
Hi…I will try my best to answer your questions,ok? NO your arthritis will not go away,BUT it can go into remission(with the help of medications and plenty of rest and reduced stress and activity).As for what age your arthritis might start affecting your body and mobility? This dear usually depends on the arthritis itself and how it progresses,it's a fairly slow process but like I said arthritis can go into remission.Which means you will have NO symptoms at all(during your remission period),even your RA factor might show up as negative,but this does NOT mean that you don't have RA,just shows your in remission,ok? YES YES you WILL be able to have children YES!! And also another YES,depression and stress do play a role in your arthritis,it can cause flares it can make it worse,so please try to minimize your stresses,ok? This along with proper diet is very important(also exercise)! I can't stress that enough! As for the DO's and DON'T's of arthritis? Do NOT over do it when it comes to physical activities,when you start to notice that your getting physically tired?STOP! When you notice your hands/fingers are starting to hurt?STOP,rest,or just STOP altogether! Never try and out do yourself,ok? The DO's? DO get the right kind of exercise,next time you see your Rheumatologist? Ask him/her to give you some information or a booklet about the right kind of exercise you can do,ok? Also even the right diet that's right for you,ok? But NO ONE ever says that you can't have a life just because you have RA,I actually have JA,which is called 'Jaccouds Arthropathy'.It's degenerative,hurts really bad and is also deforming,but I do quite well for myself.But unfortunatly,I don't practice what I preach.I'm learning to now somewhat,it's a process too.I'm older than yourself and I've had SLE/LUPUS ever since I was 15-16 .I should know by now you'd think,lol..But remember there are plenty of things you CAN do,and you have a long long time before your symptoms fully develope,ok?Enjoy life now and for the REST of your life dear,ok? Wishing you all the very best and just take good care of yourself,ok?
Did you ask your dr. how arthritis moves? I have never heard of that. Sounds more like you may have tight tendons which mimics arthritis.
rheumatoid arthritis is abit of a misnomer cos it auto immune disease..you need to get as much professional advice as poss,it affects in different ways some have it worse than other it can go into remission or just cause problems in childhood sometime it tends to effect just upper or lower body not both these are all variables tho have you looked into lymphatic drainage ask your dr some people it suitable some it not and use well qualified person ..it can cause dry eye syndrome so if you do get sore eyes it very easy treated….joining a young peoples arthritic association you get lots of valuable information ..my mother has it she had me and my sister and did full time job she suffering abit now but she 92 but still active.. my son has it so far it hypermobility that causing problems and mild knee it has affected his eyes moderatly but not stopped him running a marathon and becoming a dr. you have a condition that you need be jenned up on and by people that well qualified to do it.try keep warm and yes stress can make it flare or certainly no helps…everyone with this will have stratogies and degree's..you pin your dr down and ask every question you can think of, i have heard some say cut dairy food down but ask diet expert.