In this article I will look at Rheumatoid Arthritis. At the outset we look at what Rheumatoid Arthritis exactly is, we then consider the causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis, the risk factors associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the treatments available and current management strategies.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that most typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.
An autoimmune disorder, Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body's tissues. In addition to causing joint problems, Rheumatoid Arthritis can also affect your whole body with fevers and fatigue.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is two to three times more common in women than in men and generally occurs between the ages of 40 and 60. While there's no cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis, treatment options have expanded greatly in the past few decades.
Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:
Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs when your immune system attacks the synovium, the lining of the membranes that surround your joints. The resulting inflammation thickens the synovium, which can eventually invade and destroy the cartilage and bone within the joint. The tendons and ligaments that hold the joint together weaken and stretch. Gradually, the joint loses its shape and alignment.
Doctors don't know what starts this process, although a genetic component appears likely. While your genes don't actually cause Rheumatoid Arthritis, they can make you more susceptible to environmental factors — such as infection with certain viruses and bacteria — that may trigger the disease.
Like any disease, even if there is no cure, there is almost always something you can do to manage it and take control. There are three main areas involved in the treatment of any disease:
Certain adjustments may be needed to get on with your life, and often, some simple tips and advice can go a long way to making these changes.
When you come to a Lynch's Pharmacy Clinic we give you all the necessary information available to make your life more manageable and allow you to live better with your condition.
RA, information for patients http://www.cks.nhs.uk/patient_information_leaflet/rheumatoid_arthritis_a...
If you would like to know the latest treatment and management strategies, using conventional and scientifically backed complementary medicine and therapies, plus an assortment of helpful tips, hints and lifestyle remedies which will improve your overall quality of life, then call into our pharmacy and we'll be delighted to help.