What I would like to share with you in this post is how to determine the early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Not only that show you the options to how to overcome and relieve the pain without the use of drugs which can have life-threatening side effects.
You might be interested to learn there are more than 100 forms of this painful disease. However, the most common one’ are osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
It is important to note there is a big difference between the two. In fact, Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear of the joints over long periods of time. They both can cause a great deal of pain and stiffness in the joints but they need to be treated in different ways.
The latest figures report there are 350 million people worldwide that suffer from some form of arthritis and there are 250,00 children this equates to 12.1 percent of the population. Apparently, Osteoarthritis is by far the most common type of arthritis.
Early Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
If you are suffering from pain and stiffness or swelling of your joints these are the early signs. It appears that the smaller joints are the most common for example the fingers, toes, shoulders, knees, elbows and in the neck and jaw bones.
It can vary with different people as we are all unique. In some people, it appears in more than one joint and can move from one joint to another. Whereas other people find they have periods of time that joints are swollen for a few days or some times weeks and then it can fade away.
There are various times of the day the stiffness can emerge but the most common are in the mornings and towards the end of the day. The effects of rheumatoid arthritis can be very painful and frustrating. Gripping objects that we often take for granted can present some frustrating challenges.
What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis
It is still a mystery even today in 2019 to what causes RA apparently it seems to run in families and women suffer this disease more than men. Like almost everything in life, RA is usually caused by living unhealthy lifestyles for long periods of time.
Excessive use of alcohol is one of the main culprits the recommended amount of alcohol for women and men is 14 units per week. If you do drink this amount per week it is best to go alcohol-free for at least 3 to 4 days if possible if you are in pain with RA. If you can cut it out completely that is even better.
People that suffer from gout (which is one of the forms of arthritis) in general have excess amounts of acid in the system and are usually dehydrated. Some people have experienced relief from gout by simply consuming less alcohol and drinking more water.
Many people are not happy with the taste of water that is why most people are dehydrated. That is quite understandable as it often tastes of chlorine. But what I have found to give it a little flavor add a slice of lemon and little apple juice. This can also help with weight loss.
Apparently for people that can go at least 3 days per week alcohol-free when they do have a drink they seem to enjoy it much more than people that drink alcohol every day. Generally speaking, alcohol affects women more than men.
The main reason is women are smaller than men even though they have more body fat they have less water. When alcohol is consumed it is stored in the water of the body so the alcohol is more concentrated for women.
It is a scary fact there are still that over 20% of the population of the world are smokers. Cigarette smoking is responsible for 480,000 deaths per year in the US alone. Not only that 41,000 of those were caused by second-hand smoke. People that smoke tobacco of any kind is certainly on the list that suffer from RA at one time or another.
If you are one of the 160 million Americans that are obese then this is another reason so many people are suffering for RA.
The people that have enjoyed the most successful long term results are people that have changed their lifestyles.
We Are What We Eat
There is no doubt and it is a proven fact we are what we eat and there are foods that can really change your life and eliminate the pain of RA forever. Having said that there is no quick fix RA as it has developed in your body over a long period of time through bad eating habits.
Countless people take drugs to boost the immune system desperate for relief from the pain. Although this helps in the short term people turn to these methods this is not the solution to resolve the problem in the long term in my opinion. I am a strong believer in alternative methods rather than contributing to the multi-billion drug companies.
It is also important to pay attention to the fact that over the counter pain relief drugs can speed up the progress of arthritis. If you are interested in alternative methods that doctors are not always sharing with you there is an awesome book by Lynne Mctaggart “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” which has some amazing 5-star reviews.
Lyn is the author of an award-winning 7 books her books are published in 7 different languages and one of the central authorities on the new science and consciousness.
So there you have it that is all I have to share with you today about the early symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. I hope this has helped to either avoid suffering from this most painful disease or more to the point to how to overcome it without the use of life-threatening drugs.
If you have questions or comments I love to get feedback in the section below. Many thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to read this post.
From the desk of Alan Benney