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What is RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS?


Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder that can affect not only joints, but also other organs, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of joints (synovium), causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. The resulting inflammation thickens the synovium, can eventually destroy the cartilage and bone within the joint. The tendons and ligaments that hold the joint together to continue to get weaken and stretched. Thus, gradually the joint loses its shape and alignment. If inflammation increases, there can be loss of cartilage, and the joint spaces become smaller. Joint deformity also can occur.

Types and Causes


There is a theory that bacteria or a virus triggers rheumatoid arthritis.

Symptoms and Diagnosis


Rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms may vary in severity and can come and go spontaneously. There can be few periods of flares (increased disease activity) that alternate with remission (symptoms and sign of swelling and pain disappear).

1) The patients present with any one or combination of the symptoms listed below

2) Bilateral tender, warm, swollen joints (mainly smaller joints first)

3) Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the mornings and after rest

4) Fatigue

Complications


Complications include:

1) Unable to stand up after sitting, difficult in walking

2) Restricted daily activities

3) Deformities

4) Decreased quality of life

Diagnosis


Medical History about recent and current symptoms (pain, tenderness, stiffness, difficulty moving).

Physical Examination of each joint, for tenderness, swelling, warmth and painful or limited movement. The number and pattern of joints affected, presence of rheumatoid nodules or a low-grade fever.

Blood Tests measure biomarkers such as antibodies (blood proteins) linked with RA.

1) Inflammation- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) level are markers of inflammation. A high ESR or CRP is not specific to RA, but when combined with other clues, such as antibodies, helps make the RA diagnosis

2) Antibodies-like Rheumatoid factor (RF) that is found in about 80 percent of people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Imaging Tests- An X-ray, ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging scan to look for joint damage, such as erosions and narrowing of joint space.

Treatment


The goals of rheumatoid arthritis treatment are to:

1) Stop inflammation (put disease in remission)

2) Relieve symptoms

3) Prevent joint and organ damage

4) Improve physical function and overall well-being

5) Reduce long-term complications

This is chronic disease and there is no permanent cure for it. The main aim of medical management is to reduce pain, stiffness and swelling; and to Improving joint flexibility and mobility, so that can help patient to live independently.

Physical Activity:


Walking daily for 30 minutes is always recommended because moving is considered an important part of treatment. Walking daily can help to reduce pain and help maintaining healthy weight. Strengthening or building muscle around affected area of joint eases the burden on joint and decreases pain and improves the range of motion.

This is chronic disease and there is no permanent cure for it. The main aim of medical management is to reduce pain, stiffness and swelling; and to Improving joint flexibility and mobility, so that can help patient to live independently.

Pain and Anti-Inflammatory Medicine:


1) Pain killers are the first option used

2) Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are mainly given to reduce/ease inflammation and related pain of affected area/joints

3) Corticosteroids are very powerful anti-inflammatory medicine given orally or injectable as per severity of condition

4) Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) include methotrexate, hydroxycholorquine, cyclophosphamide and azathioprine.

5) Biologicswork more quickly than traditional DMARDs, and target specific steps in theinflammatory process.

Physical/occupational therapy:


The focus of the physical and occupational therapy is to deal with pain management, improve range of motion and flexibility by way of exercise. Heat and cold therapies improve blood circulation at affected region, and helps in healing.

Surgery is warranted only when arthritis is very severe and when other standard of care has failed to ameliorate the patient.

H4ALL: RA is an autoimmune disorder which responds best to homeopathy as homeopathy can alter the state of immunity of body. Homeopathy works well even in bed ridden cases of RA. It has medicines for the acute-pain and swelling stage and also for the chronic condition. It is difficult at times because it may crop up after long gap. However when treated with homeopathy the results are sustainable and if appear then they are always in mild form. Most cases have no problem with homeopathy and most homeopaths are happy treating it!

Homoeopathic Medicine:


Homeopathic medicines have provided evidence in the treatment of arthritis, and helps in avoiding going for surgery as well.

1) Kali Carb -is a deep acting remedy. Pain are shifting, stitching, stabbing and burning character relieved temporarily by cold application and not by rest or motion. The patient shrieks because of pain.

2) Arnica - chronic arthritis with a feeling of lame bruised sore feeling. The pain worsens from touch and may occur in joints with a history of traumatic injury.

3) RutaGraveolens - arthritis in elderly women with feeling of stiffness and lameness. Frequent-bone fracture due to brittleness of bone. Pain is worse from cold /damp and exertion. Tendons and the capsules of the joints are affected easily. Arthritis that develops after overuse and due to repeated wear and tear of cartilage

4) Rhododendron -small joints of hands are principally affected. Descending type of pain that is worse in rough windy weather, at night and at rest. The patient is ameliorated by motion, applying heat and wrapping up the joint.

5) ApisMellifica -is a remedy for acute conditions with redness, tenderness, and swelling. The joints feel hot and have stinging pain. The hands and knees are often affected. Warmth can aggravate the symptoms and cool applications bring relief

6) Bryonia Alba - is indicated in inflammation of joints that are red and hot. Right-sided complaints are prominent with stitching pain in the joints. Pain is aggravated by movement and relieved by moderate pressure and rest.

7) RhusTox - pain mostly in left side, goes from left to right side. Recurring attacks due to being chilled. Legs feel as if made of wood. Arthritis set after recurrent sprain of joint and after over excretion. Pain worse in damp climate; there is restlessness and the pains are worse on first motion, better by continued motion.

8) Calcarea Fluor -joints swell up and nodosities or bone spurs may develop. Arthritis after chronic injury to joints often responds to this medicine. Pain is better by heat and motion.

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