There are two main types of arthritis: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. This article will discuss the topic of rheumatoid arthritis. In another article the issue of osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory type of arthritis that usually affects people over 40, although it can occur at any age. The incidence of rheumatoid arthritis is about thirty cases per hundred thousand people. A greater proportion of women than men have. In some American Indian groups, the incidence is much higher and among some black people in the Caribbean region the incidence is lower.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
The main symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are pain and swelling in the joints of the hands, arms, or legs. A feature of rheumatoid arthritis is that usually occurs in a symmetrical manner, the same joints on both sides of the body are affected. Also produces insomnia and a general feeling of tiredness. It may also show a very high grade fever, pallor, anemia, morning stiffness, Nodules under the skin (the latter is usually a sign that the disease is usually most severe) and loss of appetite, among other symptoms. The joint pain usually begins later.
Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is, in many cases, an autoimmune disease, ie it is a condition in which our immune system, which is responsible for defending attacking viruses and bacteria that invade us, begins to attack and destroy our own body parts. It is believed that one or several genetic factors may play a role in the development of this disease. However, it is considered that genetic factors are the only ones involved. It is thought that some external factor like a virus or bacteria can serve as a trigger trigger that initiates the development of rheumatoid arthritis. They have identified several genes that predispose to certain types of rheumatoid arthritis. Other cases of rheumatoid arthritis are caused by crystal deposits in joints and some infections.
Medical Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Ginger - Ginger inhibits the formation of inflammatory compounds in addition to having direct anti-inflammatory properties. It also acts as an antioxidant. In a study conducted with a group of seven patients who had received no relief with conventional medications found that all reported a substantial improvement with different formulations of ginger. In another study involving 28 patients with rheumatoid arthritis found that 75 percent of these reported relief in pain or swelling. • A dose that can be used is two to four teaspoons ground ginger powder. One way of consuming it is sprinkling on fruit juices or vegetables. Buy small quantities and which eventually loses its potency. • Garlic and onions - contain sulfur-based compounds that aid in the repair process of bone, cartilage and connective tissue. The egg and asparagus also contain good amounts of this type of compound. Two studies based on clinical data that were published in 1934 and 1935 indicating that sulfur-based injections can improve pain and swelling in arthritis patients. It is speculated that increasing the sulfur content of our body through the consumption of foods rich in sulfur may have a similar effect. • We have also found that while these levels are higher, the lower the severity of rheumatoid arthritis and instead while lower levels of pantothenic acid the greater the severity of rheumatoid arthritis. In an experiment reported in 1980 found that patients who consumed two grams of vitamin B5 as calcium pantothenate reported improvement in morning stiffness, degree of disability, and level of pain.
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