Friday, March 20, 2009

Do you have Rheumatoid Arthiritis?

Do you have arthritis? Both my mother and grandmother have suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis. I know how hard and painful it is for them to deal with it everyday. What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Rheumatoid Arthritis, also known as RA, is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. It can also cause inflammation of the tissue around the joints, as well as in other organs in the body. This chronic illness can last for years, and patients may experience long periods without symptoms. The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can come and go depending on the degree of tissue inflammation. When body tissues are inflamed, the disease is active. How RA can be treated? According to the experts, early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and early aggressive treatment can help to prevent joint damage and deformity. A combination of diagnostic tests, physical examination, and x-ray evidence confirms the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. My mother and grandmother are taking medication for their arthritis like Humira. What I don't like about taking Humira is the side effects. The side effects are upper respiratory infections, abdominal pain, headache, rash, injection site reactions, urinary tract infection and high blood pressure. I would suggest when people take Humira, they should look for signs of infection, and if a serious infection develops you should stop taking the medication and consult your doctor. I think exercise and diet is a great option as well.

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