Docstoc

Improving_Rheumatoid_Arthritis_Symptoms

Document Sample
Improving_Rheumatoid_Arthritis_Symptoms Powered By Docstoc
					Title:
Improving Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Word Count:
573

Summary:
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease where white blood cells suddenly attack
healthy tissues, specifically joints and cartilage. There are a few ways
to help ease the symptoms, depending on which stage of the disease you
are in.


Keywords:
arthritis, symptoms, rheumatoid


Article Body:
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease where white blood cells suddenly attack
healthy tissues, specifically joints and cartilage. There are a few ways
to help ease the symptoms, depending on which stage of the disease you
are in. If you are in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis there is
a new disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) which has done an
excellent job in controlling symptoms. It works best in the initial
stages, so if you suspect you may have rheumatoid arthritis, see your
doctor as soon as possible.

There are other options if you are in later stages of rheumatoid
arthritis. These are also helpful if you are still in early stages.   One
is to use anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and
naproxen. This does a great job reducing pain and inflammation.
However, these have side effects including heart problems and
gastrointestinal bleeding. You can also use acetaminophen for your
rheumatoid arthritis, which does not have these side effects.

When symptoms are mild, moderate exercising including stretching, weight
lifting, and aerobics ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Be sure to
rest when your joints flare up as this would just add strain to your
aching joints. Stretching is important because it increases flexibility
and is easy enough to do at any age. When stretching, stop when you feel
mild discomfort and hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Then repeat 3 to 5 times.
Weight lifting also improves flexibility as well as strength and balance.
Barbells are easy, convenient, and inexpensive. Remember to stretch
before lifting any weights. Start with 3 sets of 8 to 10 repetitions.
If you would like you can start with no weights at all (such as going leg
lifts for rheumatoid arthritis in the knees), then add weights when you
can. Lift the weights slowly and evenly to not damage the cartilage.

Some other popular forms of exercise for rheumatoid arthritis are aqua
therapy and Tai Chi. Be sure to find an actual therapist as they have
specific exercises they do for arthritis patients. Aerobics instructors
may push to far and do further damage. Tai Chi has no long term studies
proving its effectiveness, but due to testimonials from patients who have
taken Tai Chi, the Arthritis Foundation began offering the class.
Remember to always check with your doctor before starting an exercise
program.

Some other ways to relieve rheumatoid arthritis pain are to lose weight
to take additional pressure off joints, eating a healthy diet, getting
enough sleep, using heat or ice, and possibly using devices such as a
cane, brace, or splint. There are many resources for additional
information on rheumatoid arthritis including websites, flyers,
periodicals, books, etc. Your doctor should be able to provide you with
some reference on where to look for additional help.

DISCLAIMER: This information is not presented by a medical practitioner
and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is
not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice,
diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or
other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have
regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical
advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
Since natural and/or dietary supplements are not FDA approved they must
be accompanied by a two-part disclaimer on the product label: that the
statement has not been evaluated by FDA and that the product is not
intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:0
posted:3/22/2013
language:English
pages:2
About am Richard and i work online and i love traveling!