Patient discussion about rheumatoid arthritis

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Q. Rheumatoid arthritis symptons?

Apain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers.You might have the disease for only a short time, or symptoms might come and go. The severe form can last a lifetime.
there's also deformity of the hands (the fingers "deviates") and it can affect many systems in the body- lungs, liver, heart and blood vessels. so there can be many other symptoms.

Q. What Is the Cause for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

I know rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that develops in adults. What causes this disease?
A1Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means the problem is that the body attacks its own cells, in this case, the joints. The cause for this autoimmunity is unknown, and there are factors that are known to worsen an attack.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Rheumatoid_arthritis_joint.gif
A2Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is traditionally considered a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the joints.The cause of RA is still unknown to this day. It has long been suspected that certain infections could be triggers for this disease, and an association between RA and two viral infections Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and Human Herpes Virus 6 (HHV-6) has been found. Autoimmune diseases require that the affected individual have a defect in the ability to distinguish foreign molecules from the body's own, and that seems to be the basis of RA.

Q. Rheumatoid arthritis

Is there any alternatives for my dearest friend who is suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis without having all prescribed drugs? I am fell sick when i see him struggling with more pain. Please help me to save him from pain.
A1omega 3 fatty acids are known to help resolving inflammations and holding back joint damage!
here is more about the nutrition-arthritis connection:
http://ww2.arthritis.org/resources/nutrition/diet.asp
A2Movement, movement and more movement, besides anything else you do, find an exercise that work for you and keep moving. The following video will help which i have taken from this site ritchie.
http://imedix.com/health_community v0uwx64YaxSk_rheumatoid_arthritis?q=rheumatoid%20arthritis

Q. My wife suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. what is the best drug therapy?

My wife suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. she was diagnosed last week and our physician told us a lot about the optional drug therapies. we understand that there are disease modifying drugs and pain killers. What is a good combination between them? are there any risk factors that we should know?
A1pain killers are all OK. whatever works for her is good. About the drugs that actually change the disease course, it is very important to choose a drug that is suited for your wife specific medical condition. Go to a specific Rheumatologist for choosing the most suited drugs for you. This is not a GP practice!
A2Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic illness that has many manifestations. The treatment for the pain issues is called the symptomatic treatment and it doesn't change the survival of the disease while the treatment for the systemic illness can change prognosis.
A good combination is treating both pain and systemic disease. It doesn't matter what pain killers help you, if they do their job their good for you.

Q. Can anyone recommend alternative treatments for rheumatoid arthritis?

Amy grandmother also has RH, and i looked up for her info about alternative treatments. after a few suspicious looking sites i found that didn't pass the www.quackwatch.org test, i finally found this:
http://nccam.nih.gov/health/RA/

was very helpful!

Q. I have rheumatoid arthritis, and lately I have been sleeping really bad

So I am thinking of changing my mattress. Can anyone recommend I should go with a firm or a soft mattress?
Aa soft one of course. Why don't you try buying the Tempurpedic pillows to begin with, to see if you like it, before spending the money for the mattress? Although the ads on the radio say you can buy the mattress and use it for 90 days, then send it back if you don't like it.

Q. find phys therapy leg weakened by arthritis

Ai'm not sure what is the question, can you be more precise?
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