Dealing With Rheumatoid Arthritis

By: Bercle George

Rheumatoid arthritis is an illness where white blood cells suddenly attack and cripple healthy tissues, specifically joints and cartilage. There are just few ways to help ease the pain and to recognize 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 a vital job in controlling symptoms. It is effective in the initial stages, so if you think you may have rheumatoid arthritis, one thing that you must not take for granted- visit your doctor as early as possible.

There are other alternatives if you are in later stages of rheumatoid arthritis. These are also beneficial if you are still in early stages. One is to apply anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. These drugs can do a great job to lessen pain and inflammation. But, these have side effects, mentioning heart problems and gastrointestinal bleeding. You can also apply acetaminophen for your rheumatoid arthritis, which does not have these side effects.

When symptoms are just mild, moderate exercise including stretching, weight lifting, and aerobics lessen rheumatoid arthritis pain. See to it to rest when your joints flare up as this would just add strain to your aching joints. Stretching is vital because it develops flexibility and is simple enough to do at any age.

Weight lifting also can improve flexibility as well as strength and balance. Barbells are just easy to lift, convenient, and inexpensive. Do not forget to stretch before lifting any weights. If you would like you can begin with no weights at all (such as going leg lifts for rheumatoid arthritis in the knees), then add weights when you are capable.

Some other well-known forms of exercise for rheumatoid arthritis are aqua (water) therapy and Tai Chi. See to it that you 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 providing the class.

Some other ways to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis are to lose weight to take additional pressure off joints, eating a healthy diet, getting enough rest and sleep, utilizing heat or ice, and possibly using devices such as a cane, brace, or splint. There are lots of resources for additional information on rheumatoid arthritis and these include online resources.

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