What is Rheumatoid Arthritis

One of the many ailments that affect us as we age is arthritis, there are many different  types of arthritis in this post I will be looking at one of them, rheumatoid arthritis

There are different types of arthritis up to 100 types, but the most common are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and septic arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common type of arthritis and it is an autoimmune disease that affects that 1% of the whole earth population, which is equivalent to over 75 million people, which are suffering from this disease which are suffering from this disease. It is chronic, which means long-lasting disease with intermittent periods of remission and exacerbation. https://betahealthy.com/

What is rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints. It typically results in warm, swollen, and painful joints. Pain and stiffness often worsen following rest. Most commonly, the wrist and hands are involved, with the same joints typically involved on both sides of the body.Wikipedia

What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

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Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:

  • Tender, warm, swollen joints
  • Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the mornings and after inactivity
  • Fatigue, fever and loss of appetite

Early rheumatoid arthritis tends to affect your smaller joints first — particularly the joints that attach your fingers to your hands and your toes to your feet.

As the disease progresses, symptoms often spread to the wrists, knees, ankles, elbows, hips and shoulders. In most cases, symptoms occur in the same joints on both sides of your body.

About 40 percent of the people who have rheumatoid arthritis also experience signs and symptoms that don’t involve the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect many non joint structures, including:

  • Skin
  • Eyes
  • Lungs
  • Heart
  • Kidneys
  • Salivary glands
  • Nerve tissue
  • Bone marrow
  • Blood vessels

Rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms may vary in severity and may even come and go.

Periods of increased disease activity, called flares, alternate with periods of relative remission — when the swelling and pain fade or disappear. Over time, rheumatoid arthritis can cause joints to deform and shift out of place.

How does rheumatoid arthritis affect your body https://www.healthline.com/

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is more than just joint pain. This chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease causes your body to mistakenly attack healthy joints and leads to widespread inflammation.

While RA is notorious for causing joint pain and inflammation, it can also cause other symptoms throughout the body.

RA is a progressive autoimmune disease that mainly affects your joints. According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 1.5 million U.S. people live with RA.

Anyone can get RA, but it generally begins between the ages of 30 and 60. It also tends to affect women nearly three times more than men.

The exact cause of RA is unknown, but genetics, infections, or hormonal changes may play a role.

Disease-modifying medications can help slow the progression of RA. Other medications, combined with lifestyle changes, can help manage the effects and in turn improve your overall quality of life.

Skeletal system

One of the first signs of RA is inflammation of the smaller joints in the hands and feet. Most of the time, symptoms affect both sides of the body at once.

Common symptoms include pain, swelling, tenderness, and stiffness, which is more pronounced in the morning. Morning RA pain can last for 30 minutes or longer.

RA can also cause tingling or burning sensations in the joints. Symptoms can come and go in “flares” followed by a period of remission, but the initial stages can last at least six weeks.

Symptoms of RA can occur in any of the body’s joints, including your:

  • fingers
  • wrists
  • shoulders
  • elbows
  • hips
  • knees
  • ankles
  • toes

RA can also result in:

  • bunions
  • claw toes
  • hammer toes

As the disease progresses, cartilage and bone are damaged and destroyed. Eventually, supporting tendons, ligaments, and muscles weaken. This can lead to a limited range of motion or difficulty moving the joints properly. In the long term, joints can become deformed.

Having RA also puts you at greater risk of developing osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones. This in turn can increase your risk of bone fractures and breaks.

Chronic inflammation of the wrists can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, making it difficult to use your wrists and hands. Weakened or damaged bones in the neck or cervical spine can cause chronic pain.

Circulatory system

RA can affect the system responsible for making and transporting blood throughout your body, too.

A simple blood test can reveal the presence of an antibody called the rheumatoid factor. Not all people with the antibody develop RA, but it’s one of many clues doctors use to diagnose this condition.

RA increases your risk for anemia. This is due to the decreased production of red blood cells. You may also have a higher risk of blocked or hardened arteries.

In rare cases, RA can lead to inflammation of the sac around the heart (pericarditis), the heart muscle (myocarditis), or even congestive heart failure.

A rare but serious complication of RA is inflammation of the blood vessels (rheumatoid vasculitis, or RA rash). Inflamed blood vessels weaken and expand or narrow, interfering with blood flow. This can lead to problems with the nerves, skin, heart, and brain.

Skin, eyes, and mouth

Rheumatoid nodules are hard lumps caused by inflammation that appear under the skin, usually near joints. They can be bothersome but usually aren’t painful.

As many as 4 million U.S. people have an inflammatory disease called Sjogren’s syndrome, according to the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation. About half of these individuals also have RA or a similar autoimmune disease. When the two diseases are present, it’s called secondary Sjogren’s syndrome.

Respiratory system

RA increases the risk of inflammation or scarring of the linings of the lungs (pleurisy) and damage to lung tissue (rheumatoid lung). Other problems include:

  • blocked airways (bronchiolitis obliterans)
  • fluid in the chest (pleural effusion)
  • high blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension)
  • scarring of the lungs (pulmonary fibrosis)
  • rheumatoid nodules on the lungs

Other systems

The pain and discomfort of RA can make it difficult to sleep. RA may lead to extreme fatigue and a lack of energy. In some cases, RA flare-ups can cause flu-like symptoms such as:

  • short-term fever
  • sweating
  • lack of appetite

Early diagnosis and treatment may help slow the progression of RA. Disease-modifying medications, symptom relievers, and lifestyle changes can also greatly improve your quality of life.

Treatments FOR RA

Healthy joints are the “hinges” that let you move around. Many of us take that for granted. These simple movements aren’t always automatic or easy when you have RA, though. They can be painful.

The goals and treatments used by physical therapists and occupational therapists sometimes overlap, but there are some general differences.

Physical Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

The goal of it is to keep you moving. It uses exercise and other methods to stimulate muscles, bones, and joints. The result is more strength, tone, and overall fitness.

Physical therapists understand the mechanics of bones, joints, and muscles working together, the problems that can happen, and what to do about them. It’s a good idea to work with a therapist, whether you’ve had RA for a long time, you’re newly diagnosed, and no matter how severe it is.

Exercise. This is the cornerstone of any physical therapy plan. It will match your ability and fitness level, and include flexibility, strength, and cardio

Heat or ice. Treating inflamed or painful joints with heat or ice packs helps some people feel better.

Massage. It can also help you feel better.

Motivation and encouragement. It’s a big plus to have a pro to cheer you on and push you to keep going.

Occupational Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

This helps you stay independent. A therapist will check to see what you need help with. Then, he can teach you better or easier ways to accomplish those things.

If activities like dressing, cooking, or bathing become hard or painful, occupational therapists can recommend or provide solutions. Assistive devices are products or improvements that make common tasks easier.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet

There is no specific diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis but it is suggested that the Paleo diet would be very good for Arthritis,sufferers

Eat food that fights inflammation.some of these are beans,Broccoli,Cherries,Citrus Fruits,

fish,Nuts,Ginger,Green Tea,Soy,Turmeric,Whole Grains

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Mission Farms CBD Oil Review


There is a lot of talk about the healing virtues and wellness benefits of  CBD products, exactly what is CBD and is the benefits of using CBD beneficial as the buzz that is being touted.

But even though CBD products can be found everywhere and in every form, many people still find CBD a little confusing.

People are still not sure if CBD is legal seeing that it is derived from hemp, how to use it and how to find the best ones to buy.

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Sometimes some of us will want to put off using aids to assist us in our day to day activities because using these aids will make it seems we are losing our independence.

But Instead of losing your independence I believe it will enhance your independence.

If you have trouble walking for extended periods of time, experience difficulty managing a walker, cane or crutches, then a scooter may be for you.

Scooters are also helpful for people who use oxygen and need to conserve their energy.

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Wellness Tips For Seniors——Maintaining Good Health

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Taking care of the health needs that we seniors need to be concerned about can be an overwhelming task.

In this post, we will be looking at some things that we need to be on top of to be healthy and to stay healthy

It is said that people who had good healthy habits when they were younger tend to become healthy seniors, but it is never too late. To practice good healthy habits

Good health habits can make a difference even to seniors who are prone to illness or have not made their health a priority in the past.

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The liver is a very vital part of our body, we cannot survive without it, in today’s post, I will be looking at the liver and its functions.

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The liver is a very important organ in the body, it weighs about 3 lbs reddish-brown in color and has a rubbery feel to the touch, it sits on the right side of the belly protected by the rib cage.

The liver has two sections refer to as the right and left lobes, The gallbladder, and parts of the pancreas and intestines are right under the liver

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In this post, I will be looking at bone density one of the Musculosketial diseases that can affect us.

Bone is made mostly of collagen, a protein that is woven into a flexible framework.

Bone also contains calcium phosphate and calcium carbonate, minerals that add strength and harden the framework.

The combination of calcium and collagen gives the bone its strength and flexibility.

The flexibility (or ability to withstand stress) of the bone protects it from breaking.

Bone is strong because of calcium, but bone also acts as a storehouse for calcium.

In fact, more than 99% of the body’s calcium is contained in the bones and teeth. The remaining 1% is in the blood.

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