How much do you believe in the famous proverb “Health is Wealth”? Yes, indeed it has been rightly said, no matter how much you earn, even if you are the world’s richest person, without your good health you cannot sustain. Hence, it is mandatory for everyone as well as you to pay attention to your most valuable asset, Your Health and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Not understanding this importance, majority of the people nowadays are seen suffering from some or the other kind of health problems like diabetes, blood pressure, chronic pains, cholesterol, etc. One of the most common among them is chronic pains, that too joint pains, where the joints become swollen and stiff and in the long run starts giving crucial pains. These pains are usually very famous as arthritic pains or joint pains. There are different types of arthritis like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis etc. In this article, I will discuss with you about Rheumatoid Arthritis, what it is and what are the signs and symptoms.
Now, it is a common misconception that rheumatoid arthritis is seen only in the old age. But, let me make it clear that it can be observed in any age and sometimes there are chances that you won’t be able to identify it in the early stages. So, let us see what exactly is rheumatoid Arthritis.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis and its Causes?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder which means that your own immune cells are harming your body cells. It is a chronic disorder wherein mostly the smaller joints are usually affected and the patient suffers from fever and fatigue.
Causes of Rheumatoid arthritis include the inflammation of the lining of the joints and comes out as a painful swelling around the joints, unlike osteoarthritis. This, in long term may lead to bone deformation.
Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are not permanent and also not constant. Symptoms appear when the inflammation is at its rage and decreases when inflammation is less. This can be controlled by through physiotherapy or through medicines or may be naturally in some cases.
Moreover, the symptoms differ from person to person and change from day to day. Hence, finding it in early stages is a bit tougher.
Some of the early signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis
If you experience some of following, then immediately consult your doctor to get proper diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
- general weakness or fatigue
- dry mouth
- loss of weight or appetite
- chest pain when you breathe
- eyes discharge
- difficulty in sleeping
- hard bumps of tissue under your the skin on your arms
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
#1. Hard to Heal Injury
Sometimes, while moving around, you may get an ankle sprain. You may think it to be a minor injury but if it does not heal, then it could be one of the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is more common and prominent in young people.
#2. Foot Trouble
Some people face the trouble either in the fore foot or in the heel. This is because of the inflammation either in the fore foot or swelling of the tissue at the bottom of the foot, near the heal. Some ladies may give up wearing heels due to the pain.
#3. Numbness and Tingling in Hands
This symptom is something similar to carpel tunnel syndrome where you feel some tingling and numbness in your hands and fingers. This is because of the swelling around your bones which results in pressing of the nerves and in turn lowering the supply of blood to your hands and fingers.
People suffering from RA are also at a higher risk of other autoimmune disorder that can cause dryness of the eyes, mouth, nose, throat, or skin due to inflammation that stops the glands from releasing moisture. This is one of the early symptoms of rheumatoid Arthritis.
#5. Morning Stiffness
After a period of rest, say after a long sleep it feels painful to get into your routine. This is another common symptom with osteoarthritis wherein the pain may be till half-an-hour whereas in RA it may last for a day.
#6. Achy Joints
Achy joints can be a predominant symptom which is often mistaken to be because of fatigue or osteoarthritis caused in old age. This can occur in feet, hands, knees, ankles, etc and usually this pain lasts for at least a week.
#7. Locked Joints
This is the most clear indication of rheumatoid arthritis, wherein the motion at your joints may get restricted due to over swelling of tendons around the joints. Hence, movement of joints becomes very difficult and painful. It may lead to puffy fingers and joints.
Sometimes nodules may be formed like firm lumps under your skin near the affected joints.
So, please do not ignore any of your pains!! Visit your trusted doctor for rheumatoid arthritis treatment.
Green tea extract is also known to reduce, even prevent rheumatoid arthritis. This is the best medicine for rheumatoid arthritis.
Suggestions: Rheumatoid arthritis diet include supplements like Flax seed oil successfully helps you to get relief from your rheumatoid arthritis pain.
Are you one of the victims of rheumatoid arthritis? If yes, then let us know what remedies are you taking for your pain in the comments below and I will help you out with what else can be done.