Posts Tagged ‘rheumatoid’

  1. Arthritis – Home remedies for Arthritis

    Posted on March 7th, 2012 by Guest Blogger

    The name Arthtritis refers to inflammation of joints. It is one of a number of diseases commonly called rheumatism. Arthritis arises from many causes and it is treated in many different ways.

    Arthritis has been classified as follows: –

    * Arthritis caused by gout.

    * Arthritis caused by infection.

    * Arthritis due to joint injuries.

    * Arthritis originating from the nervous system. Rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis caused by rheumatic fever are classified as collagen disease.

    * Arthritis resulting from rheumatic fever.

    * Degenerative arthritis.

    * Rheumatoid arthritis.

    * Rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative arthritis are the two most common types. Millions of men and women are afflicted with them. But good medical treatment begun early and continued faithfully can often do much to alleviate the pain, crippling and disability.

    Rheumatoid arthritis

    It is not a disease of the joints but of the whole body, i . e. the connective tissues. This tissue reacts sensitively to substances in the body. Stress and worry make it worse. During rainy season and winter months, pains in the joints become most severe.

    Rheumatoid arthritis may appear suddenly or gradually. Fatigue, loss of weight, and poor weight can be early signs. Sometimes it may cause an acute fever and pain, swelling and disability in many joints. Any joint can be involved including those of the spine, but the hands and feet are most commonly affected. There may be vague or fleeting pains in early stages; it may rise in the morning and at the end of the day.

    Women appear to be afflicted more than men. Children too can be afflicted. Rheumatoid arthritis usually strikes at early ages unlike other types of arthritis. It appears during winter months. Americans are chronic sufferers from this disease.

    Fresh raw fruit and vegetable juices offer an excellent treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. It is believed that garlic, musumbi, orange, carrot and beet juice consumed in plenty may give early cure.

    Signs and symptoms of Arthritis

    * Severe pain in the affected joints.

    * Muscles, ligaments and cartilage become inflamed.

    * Movement of the joint becomes extremely painful, especially in cold, windy and damp weather.

    Home Remedies for Arthritis

    * Drinking water kept overnight in a copper container accumulates traces of copper, which is said to strengthen the muscular system. A copper ring or bracelet is worn for the same reason.

    * Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with warm water helps cure arthritis.

    * Taking alfalfa tea twice a day makes a good cure.

    * Lime has also been found beneficial as a home remedy for arthritis. The citric acid found in lime is a solvent of uric acid which is the primary cause of some types of arthritis. The juice of one lime, diluted with water, may be taken once a day, preferably first thing in the morning.

    * Exercise the afflicted joints in tub full of hot water.

    You will find more interesting articles on arthritis natural remedies on the Arthritis Relief blog and on the HowToBeWell blog.

  2. Pediatric Rheumatoid Arthritis – cure or curse : Get rid of eczema.

    Posted on January 1st, 2012 by Guest Blogger

    Did you know that there are over one hundred different types of arthritis? One of those is juvenile arthritis or pediatric rheumatoid arthritis.

    With arthritis, the pain is always there. With pediatric rheumatoid arthritis, children who experience this pain are unable to manage and deal with it as well as mature adults.

    Causes

    Medical experts cannot decide on a single answer. Most believe pediatric rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an overactive immune system that attacks the joint tissues. A virus can temporarily cause this, however particular genes lead to long-term attacks.  A family history of arthritis may raise a child’s risk.

    Three Types

    First, there is Pauciarticular, which is most commonly diagnosed in children. Fortunately, this type of pediatric rheumatoid arthritis is the mildest. Pain is often felt in the fingers, ankles, elbows, knees and hips.

    Second is Systemic, but it is rarely diagnosed. It is not as widespread. Unfortunately, complications are frequent. The pain is relentless and often unbearable because every joint in the body is susceptible to pain.

    Polyarticular is the third known type of pediatric rheumatoid arthritis. It is not as frequent as Pauciarticular arthritis, but is more painful. This is easy to recognize in children, as they are unable to deal with the pain on their own. More joints are affected and over time it worsens.

    Available Treatment

    For parents and carers, it is not easy to perceive the warning signs in young children, especially toddlers. Many do not know how to convey their pain or the pain is so harsh it is difficult to explain. In addition to joint pain, those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis have difficulty sleeping, walking and experience joint swelling or stiffness.

    Medical care is recommended for children suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.  Long-term health complications can surface if the disease is not diagnosed and treated properly. Parents concerned with treatment should wait until they have a proper diagnosis. When that diagnosis arrives, pain medication is given, in some cases it may be needed on a constant basis.

    Unfortunately, pain medications are harmful to the body as complications are caused if too much is consumed. For that reason, parents and carers must understand that medication is not the only way to seek relief – exercise is just as important.  Physical therapy is brief, but parents and patients are encouraged to prolong the practice at home. Constant movement can be difficult for children in pain, but it is essential. Movement prevents stiffness and deformities.

    Most children cannot outgrow Polyarticular, however parents and carers must concentrate on the present. With the other two types of pediatric rheumatoid arthritis successful treatment improves the chances to overcome the disease; without treatment, they will find it hard to function on a day-to-day basis. 

    It is rare for medical professionals to recommend surgery to relieve rheumatoid arthritis pain in children. For most, the risk of complications is too great. If treatment proves unsuccessful, surgery may be considered.

    In conclusion, if you are a parent or know a child who suffers from severe joint pain or difficulty moving, do not disregard rheumatoid arthritis. It may well be the cause.