Joint care for Rheumatoid arthritis Sufferers
Arthritis is a very common and painful affliction that can strike anyone at any age. It attacks the joints causing them to become inflamed and quite painful. It can severely debilitate your life on many levels.
There are many types of Arthritis, in fact there are more than 100 types and we want to focus on Rheumatoid Arthritis in this article.
Rheumatoid arthritis unfortunately is the most common arthritis and is an auto immune disease, which means that the body tissues are attacked by its own immune system. Joints are mostly targeted in these attacks, however organs can be attacked also.
Unfortunately there is no known cause or trigger as with most auto immune diseases. It is believed to be genetic or from a triggering cause such as a traumatic event causing major stress. Viruses, bacteria, and fungi have also been long been suspected, though none has been proven as the cause to date.
- You can expect to experience the following if you suffer from Rheumatoid arthritis:
- Joint pain and swelling
- Stiff joints especially upon rising
- Redness and heat at the site of the pain
- Limited range of movement
For anyone who has suffered pain in the joints it is no laughing matter. Some viral diseases such as Ross River Virus attack the joints and cause all of the above symptoms, however this is generally short lived and will eventually subside hopefully never to return. This does not mean that you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis and a simple blood test will confirm this as these diseases are often viral.
Unfortunately there is no single test or x-ray that can confirm Rheumatoid Arthritis and you must have a few tests in order to confirm the disease, such as:
- Rheumatoid factor - a blood test which can detect the amount of rheumatoid factor in the bloodstream.
- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) – this is a test for inflammation. The test is used to rate the red blood cells fall rate to the bottom of a test tube.
- C-Reactive Protein (CRP) – this is a test to also check for inflammation in the body. C-Reactive Protein is produced in the liver and is more prevalent in the body when there is inflammation.
- Anti-CCP test (anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide) – this is a relatively new test for Rheumatoid Arthritis. CCP is a particular type of protein that is present in the body. When people suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, the body makes antibodies against these proteins and this is a significant factor in diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis. The antibodies don’t present themselves in everybody, and are often there early in the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis. There is not a lot of other reason for these antibodies to be present in the body making it easier to pin point the disease.
Rheumatoid Arthritis often attacks joints such as the knees, elbows, ankles, hands and hip joints making mobility very difficult. The pain associated can range from mild to excruciating. Genetics are thought to play a major role in contracting this disease, and unfortunately occurs more in women than men. It is more prevalent in women over the age of 40 years, however can also afflict much younger people.
Rheumatoid Arthritis can often affect organs in the body also, so fatigue can also be a symptom along with shortness of breath, and also a loss of appetite. You may also suffer from dry and gritty eyes which can affect your vision. Risk of heart attack and strokes is increased due to the rheumatoid nodules that lie under the skin and in and around the lungs.
Unfortunately to date there is no cure for this most debilitating disease, however there are certain supplements that may help ease the symptoms.
New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel Extract (GLME) is helpful due to its natural anti-inflammatory compounds – they are farmed under strict Government regulatory measures in the south of New Zealand and can be found in Nutra-life Musseltone on this website under “joint care”. It helps to reduce or inhibit swelling in the joints associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis. They also maintain joint flexibility and mobility, which is often so crippling with this disease.
Omega-3 oils help to maintain healthy joints, skin and circulation and are also great supplement to consider. Omega 3 fatty acids are poly unsaturated fatty acids and have so many health benefits. They will help ease the pain associated Rheumatoid Arthritis by improving circulation, reducing inflammation and promoting healthy joint mobility.
You can also expect to have a healthier heart, by helping to prevent coronary disease, and Omega – 3 oils also assist in lowering triglyceride and bad cholesterol levels in the body. In addition they will help with cognitive functions and help keep diseases like cancer, in particular colon, breast and prostate cancer, and Alzheimer's disease at bay. They come in an easy to swallow capsule that is taken twice daily and without the fishy aftertaste.
Omega-3 is excellent for so many other ailments such as depression and anxiety which is easily suffered by patients in constant pain. You can find many Omega-3 preparations on this website under the tab “joint care”.
Often prescription drugs are quite damaging and heavily taxing on your body and are only advised to be taken when absolutely necessary. They can have terrible side effects and should not be taken constantly. This is where supplements can help out. All supplements on this website are completely natural and very safe to take on a daily basis, often minimizing the need to take harsh pharmaceutical drugs.
Any type of Arthritis is no fun at all. Suffering constant daily pain takes its toll and impacts hugely on the sufferer’s life and those of their family members.
Seek your doctor’s advice before taking any supplements especially if you are already taking prescription medications.
The benefits of taking supplements to help with joint mobility and to reduce inflammation are huge. They are excellent for complete health care and imagine life if you could eliminate or even reduce the pain to a minimum.