Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is classified a chronic degenerative, autoimmune disease.
This autoimmune disease is unfortunately without a cure.
This untreatable condition affects she lining of your joints, causing painful swelling.
This painful swelling can eventually result in bone erosion – that and joint deformity.
The disease affects not only the joints, but organs and soft tissues too.
Causes Of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis believed to be a combination of the following factors:
- Environmental factors
Please read Rheumatoid Arthritis Explained for more information on causes, symptoms, and diagnosis.
RA is more common in women than in men and it usually affects the hands and the feet.
The RA Risk Factors
Having rheumatoid arthritis could also increase your risk of developing other conditions.
Other conditions linked to rheumatoid arthritis are:
- Lung disease
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Heart problems
- Anxiety & depression
Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis
Traditional forms of treatment for RA focuses on:
- Relieving pain
- Reducing joint stress
- Reducing inflammation
- Preserve full range of motion
- Slow down or stop joint damage
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Prescription and over-the-counter drugs
- Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
- Biologic response modifiers (a type of DMARD)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
- Analgesics (painkillers)
- NSAIDs. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can relieve pain and reduce inflammation
- Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
- TNF-alpha inhibitors
- Other drugs
The Truth About NSAIDs
The most prominent members of this group of drugs are aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.
The aforementioned are all available over the counter in most countries.
NSAIDs are usually used for the treatment of acute or chronic conditions, such as; tennis elbow, headaches, lower back pain, acute gout, postoperative pain and mild-to-moderate pain due to inflammation and tissue injury.
NSAIDs come with a host of side-effects, some even deadly.
Be sure to take precautions when taking new medication.
- Blood clots
- Kidney failure
- Liver disease
- Shortness of breath
These and many more!
Are you willing to risk your life?
If you think you may have rheumatoid arthritis, an early diagnosis is vital.
Catching the condition in the early stages will equate to earlier treatment, which will result in a better outcome.
Early diagnosis will also serve to minimize bone erosion.
Treating rheumatoid arthritis effectively requires a change in lifestyle for most people.
Simple self-care can be very effective.
If you suffer from RA, all of the following should be eliminated immediately.
This also includes all commercial dairy products.
Milk has long since been named and shamed, but it continues to form part of our daily diets.
Both coffee and cigarette have been inextricably linked to increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
Foods which reduce inflammation throughout the body will reduce pain and swelling in the joints.
Pay attention to what you are actually eating.
Let’s face it, animal protein is no longer what it used to be.
Now, it is just laden with fat, cholesterol, herbicides and antibiotics.
It now also contains residues of hormones and it has been genetically modified.
Try a low-protein, high carbohydrate diet which serves to minimize foods of animal origin.
Most commercial vegetable oils contain very little Omega-3 linolenic acid and large amounts of the omega-6 linolenic acid.
Products to avoid includes:
- Polyunsaturated vegetable oils
- Products made with partially hydrogenated oils of any kind
Start including cold water fish, walnuts or freshly ground flaxseeds into your diet.
Otherwise, supplement your intake by taking a fish oil.
You should also greatly consider Moringa Oleifera as a supplement.
If you would like more information on RA treatments, please read Lose Weight with Moringa Oleifera.
It is recognized as the most potent natural nutrient ever discovered.
This plant source contains 90 nutrients including 46 antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatory compounds and 18 amino fatty acids ( including Omega 3,6 & 9)
Moringa is a superfood!
For those suffering with rheumatoid arthritis, going vegan could make a noticeable improvement.
Vegan food can at times be considered boring, but the truth is that, with a bit of planning it can be every bit as delicious and exciting as any other meal.
Vegan diets dramatically reduce the overall amount of fat in the diet and offer far better nutrition.
Maintain a healthy weight and get the correct nutrition to ensure a better quality of life and longevity.
You’ve heard it over and over, but it remains true.
Regular exercise is the best thing you can do for your body.
Stretching is vital, and one of the easiest things you can do.
Lean muscle weight can be maintained by walking.
Resistance exercise will assist to build lean muscle weight.
Swimming also remains one of the best forms of exercise. It is low-impact, while still giving a full cardio workout.
If you are capable, get into aerobic exercise and go cycling.
It’s not all about exercise.
Practice some relaxation techniques too.
It really is important to sometimes just sit and breath.
Take the time out to focus and relax your heart rate.
Avoid health care practitioners which make you feel even a hint of pessimism about your condition.
Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis
There are better ways to cope with rheumatoid arthritis and they are all natural.
Natural is the way to go…
What do you have to lose by trying an alternative method of treatment. Nothing but your pain hopefully…
Visit A Counselor
Sometimes you need to speak openly with someone.
Visiting a counselor can help you to express fears and more.
Go To Physical Therapy
A physical therapist can help you through massage techniques and prescribed exercises.
Try Mind-Body Therapies
Try your hand at yoga or tai chi.
Both are effective forms of exercise and they focus on the body, as well as the mind.
Hot & Cold Treatment
Alternate applications of hot and cold compresses can help stimulate your body’s own healing process.
It does this by increasing the release of chemicals which block pain.
Get A Massage
A massage not only gets the blood flowing, it also helps you to relax.
Rheumatoid arthritis and depression go hand in hand.
Therefore, it is important not to become disconnected.
Isolating yourself from your friends and family will only make your condition worse.