What to Do If You Are Diagnosed With Rheumatoid Arthritis ?

For the record, currently about one percent of the total population of the United States suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Statistics show that there is a marked increase in the number of cases being diagnosed just like all other degenerative diseases. It is therefore important that an understanding of what rheumatoid arthritis is and what the signs are  which should be disseminated amongst the population so that sufferers will seek an early diagnosis to enable relevant lifestyle changes be implemented before the symptoms become serious.

Being better informed not only assist in early diagnosis but with n understanding of what the disease is, what is likely to eventuate and what you can do to prepare for these eventuation’s

If you are unlucky and the doctor informs you that you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, the news can be quite devastating. However, understanding this disease is one way that you could come to terms with it, know what to expect, when and establish a plan of action to control it in the best manner you can.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

It is known that when rheumatoid arthritis occurs, the body’s immune system suddenly turns against itself destroying the tissues found in and around the  joints. This is why the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis includes extreme pain at the joints, it usually occurs in the joints of the same limb on each side of the body).  It is believed that the sufferer’s genetics play an important role in the development of this disease.  (Research is currently underway in this area.

The doctor diagnosis the occurrence of this disease by identifying the ‘rheumatoid factor’ in the patient’s blood, (is actually an antibody) that indicates the presence of this debilitating disease. The association of the presence of this antibody and the typical symptoms such as pain, inflammation of the joints and limitation of movement usually confirms the diagnosis. X-ray of the affected joints can also be used to further confirm the existence of the disease.

As rheumatoid arthritis is a serious disease, it is important to get an early diagnosis so that you can have it treated. Rheumatoid arthritis can progress fast attacking not only the joints but also the more vital organs in the body – such as (the lining of) the heart, lungs and kidneys. This disease can also strike in the tear ducts and the salivary glands. Rheumatoid arthritis can occur at any time usually between the ages of 20 to the late 50’s and when it strikes it is very hard to cure.

If you are unlucky and get it, it is not the end of the world. Thankfully, there are medications, proper exercise and alternative treatments all designed to make the disease more manageable and your changed lifestyle as pleasant as possible. Take it as yet another challenge in in the journey of life. Why not use the power of positive thinking, look at all the marvelous blessings you have and will experience and this disease is only another event to be overcome.

A strict regime in relation to your diet and exercise program is necessary to keep your body in good shape whilst ensuring your immune system is operating and keeping all other diseases at bay. allowing your body to cope with the stresses and strains of rheumatoid arthritis.

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