Wednesday, December 13

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Symptoms And Treatments

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Rheumatoid arthritisis a disorder or disease that is marked by the inflammation of the bone joints and the tissues close to them. Rheumatoid arthritis is a result of confusion within the body’s immunity system. A person gets affected by this disease when the person’s immune system attacks the person’s tissues, mistaking it for a foreign element or an intruder in the body. The immune system consists of White Blood Cells or WBCs. The WBCs function is to find and destroy any harmful invaders that enter our body especially infection causing ones. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused when these WBCs target the tissues of the host due to internal disorders. It is a serious, chronic illness and can have effects that last for many years.

The speciality of this disorder is that is that the symptoms remain active for some then subsides and then resurfaces after sometime. The obvious symptom of Rheumatoid arthritis is inflammation of the tissue and bone joints. Other symptoms include lack of interest to food, increased fatigue and lack of energy, consequently appearing mild fevers, and long lasting muscle and joint pain. Rheumatoid arthritis is also marked by stiffness of muscles and joint.

So far there is no known cure for Rheumatoid arthritis. But medication and other measures can help lessen the effect of it. Medication and treatment can decrease inflammation of joints and tissues around it and also reduce the chances of deformity and destruction of joints. Many say that green tea may support the treatment.  Various joint strengthen exercises also help. The type of treatment administered to the patient depends on overall health conditions, age of the patient, and the part affected by Rheumatoid arthritis.

Aspirin and cortisone are often administered to lessen inflammation. Medication helps prevent further damage to the joints. In case of severe joint disorder and deformities, surgery is required.

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