What is RA or Rheumatoid arthritis?
Arthritis is common term for joint inflammation, which is accompanied by redness, warmth, pain and swelling within the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis or RA is chronic type of arthritis, and besides joints, it may affect skin, eyes, nerves or lungs. RA usually develops gradually over the time and affects both sides of your body. This symmetry of symptoms is helpful in separation of RA from other kinds of arthritis. Symptoms are usually thickening or tender swelling around the joints, mainly knees hands, and wrists, contractures, painful inflammation, etc. RA is long term chronic disorder, and in some cases symptoms may be absent for a long time, while in other they are constantly present.
Symptoms of RA
Joint inflammations are a key symptom in cases of RA. While other parts of the body may be affected by RA joint are always inflamed. Usually inflammation somewhere in the body is a body’s natural response to infection, but in cases of RA, the inflammations occur inappropriately for and unknown reasons.
Symptoms of joint inflammation as a result of RA problems may be redness and warmth, when joints feels warm and more pink than surrounding areas, stiffness, meaning that inflamed joints are harder to use and have limited range of movements, swelling due to rheumatoid arthritis infection, which occurs when fluid enters the joint area, making it stiff and swelled and pain accompanied with tender and sensitive feeling in the inflamed joints.
Basically all of body’s symptoms of RA are contributed to inflammation. In a more progressed stages of RA, symptoms that affects various body areas may be lung involvement, rheumatoid bumps and nodules, eye problems, throat or heart disorders.
Treatments for RA
There are several types of treatments used for RA. Some of them are with medicaments, homeopathy, massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy or home and herbal remedies.
Heat / cold treatments are very effective with RA patients. Cold reduces swelling and inflammation, while heat tends to relax the muscles and stimulates blood flow. Deep abdominal breathing and progressive muscle relaxation are some of exercise devised to relax the body and relieve the pain.
Natural supplement that showed good effects on RA patient are borage seed oil, which have excellent anti inflammatory properties, fish oil like omega 3 fats in is most beneficial in preventing risks of heart deceases, which are elevated in patients with RA, and thunder god vine which has pain decreasing capabilities.
Chinese traditional medicine has successfully used acupuncture for several thousand years. With skillful and licensed acupuncture practitioner, your symptoms of RA can be significantly relieved, and in some cases totally gone.
Also there are anti inflammatory and pain management medicaments for cases of RA like ibuprofen, Aspirins, NSAIDs, naproxen, Voltaren and others.