The pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis can greatly lower the quality of life for a sufferer. Symptoms for this debilitating disease include weakness and fatigue. Along with joint pain, there can also be symptoms like loss of appetite, a low grade fever and swollen glands. All of which can cause a person to slow down and not do many of the things he or she once found enjoyable.
While RA can start at any age, it usually starts sometime after the age of twenty and is more common in women that it is in men.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
While the actual cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis is unknown its effects have been well studied. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the bodies natural defenses against viruses and other foreign substance start to mistake the bodies healthy tissue and attack it as it would a virus. Frequently starting with the joints in the feet, knees, ankles, fingers and wrists, both sides of the body exhibit the symptoms at the same rate.
Often the pain starts as morning stiffness lasting more than an hour with the joints becoming stiff warm and sensitive. There is also often a spongy or swollen feel to the joints.
Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Curable?
RA is considered a long term disease. Treatment consists of Disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), antiinflammatory drugs and physical therapy. In some extreme cases surgery is needed to straighten deformed joints. Joint replacement surgery is also an option for the more advanced cases.
Treatment options for Rheumatoid Arthritis
If started early enough there are a number of different treatment options that can help with the pain as well as increase range of movement. Along with exercise adequate sleep and rest is necessary. Pain relief and anti-inflammatory drugs also help.
Pain Management for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Therapeutic soaks will often help the affected joints. Pure unprocessed dead sea salts work well to help those suffering from both Psoriasis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Many distributors of sea salts also add essential oils into the unprocessed sea salts increasing the benefits by helping the user relax while soaking in the dead sea salt soak. Highly processed (white) sea salts loose much of the beneficial minerals, so it is best to choose an natural unprocessed dead sea salt for these soaks. These absorbed minerals improve blood circulation, necessary in reducing the inflammatory response.
Aspirin and ibuprofen can also help with the inflammation, but can also cause stomach problems when used over an extended period of time. For long term relief Natural Topical Nerve Blocks are very helpful.
These nerve block creams are rubbed directly into the affected area and in any areas causing pain. As the cream is absorbed into the skin and down to the nerve roots it interferes with the pain signal transmission effectively blocking the pain from reaching the central nervous system. While this does not mean stopping the use of prescribed medication, this can be very useful in helping a person regain the ability to lead a more active life.
Treated early many of the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis can be managed and damage to the joints can be slowed down. Often pain can be managed to a point where the sufferer can continue to do many of the things they enjoy without being limited by debilitating pain.