Painful arthritis rheumatoid symptoms usually start between the ages of 30 and 50 in the smaller joints of the fingers, hands or wrists. Seventy percent of sufferers are women, although men usually have the most severe symptoms.
Besides the common rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms of pain, inflammation and stiffness, the area around joints may become swollen, tender and warm to the touch. Sufferers may also experience loss of appetite, sleep, fatigue and depression.
Though the cause of RA is unknown, most experts agree that it’s connected to a breakdown of the immune system. The immune system is either too weak to prevent viruses from attacking the joints or has lost the power to recognize the difference between viruses and healthy cells and, therefore, destroys both.
If not managed, RA can spread throughout the body causing permanent damage and severely limiting range of motion. It’s essential, therefore, to take action at the first sign of symptoms. You want to not only find safe relief for the pain and inflammation, but you also want to start looking for a way to naturally strengthen the immune system to control the spread of the disease.
Controversial “painkillers,” like Aleve, Vioxx, Bextra, etc, usually prescribed for RA, neither provide safe, long term pain relief nor strengthen the immune system. However, as more evidence proves diet and lifestyle changes can both help prevent the disease and provide relief of symptoms, a more holistic approach is being taken and more people with RA are living happier, healthier lives.
Though exercise may be the last thing on your mind when experiencing pain, it’s essential for the improved range of motion of strong, healthy bones and muscles. Moderate exercises such as walking, swimming and yoga are all excellent ways to stay active with a minimum of stress.
Since excess weight puts so much stress on joints, particularly the hip and knees, it’s also important to reach and maintain a healthy weight by eliminating sweets and keeping your fat intake below 30% of your calories. And, drink lots of pure, clean water - at least eight glasses a day.
Include more organic whole grains, colorful fruits and vegetables (for immune building carotenoids) and fresh wild fish such as salmon (nature’s richest source of anti-inflammatory omega 3 oils). Also, cut back on red meat. People who eat red meat daily have twice the risk of arthritis than those who eat meat no more twice a week.
Nutritional supplements are recommended by the American Medical Association. Natural whole food nutritionals are essential to good health for everyone - especially people dealing with degenerative arthritis. For best results in natural whole food supplements, go to www.feel-better.info.
The key to rheumatoid arthritis control and management is basically the same as it is for preventing any and all degenerative diseases. Get healthy and fit by exercising moderately, eating right, taking supplements, avoiding injury and reducing stress, fatigue and depression.
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