One percent of the population suffers from rheumatic arthritis which affects people of all ages.Here's what you can do to reduce the pain and the effect of this disease.
How to recognize the disease?
The disease most often develops slowly but progressively.The patient in the beginning feels exhausted,as if he is missing his life energy.Excessive sweating may occur,poor appetite and sleep disorders.
After the initial nonspecific phases,the first characteristic and recognizable symptoms start to appear.One of these signs is morning stiffness in the joints,which most directly will feel it in the ailing joints of the fingers of his hand.When the joints will move the patient will not have any problems until the next morning.As time passes,the morning stiffness is more severe and long lasting.
Soon after the morning stiffness a pain starts to occur,which will initially be present only occasionally,or during certain movements of the joints,and later becomes permanently present.
Is there a cure?
Currently there is no drug that can cure rheumatic arthritis,but there are many medicines which relieve the symptoms of arthritis and slow down the course of the disease.
Some activities may aggravate the situation,while some may bring relief.It is important to work with health professionals,including physiotherapists,to find a way to ease the pain.
You can also help yourself at home,with regular physical activity, taking medications regularly,education,nutrition and exemplary abolition of harmful habits like smoking.It is recommended for people with rheumatic arthritis to import 1000 to 1500 milligrams of calcium and 800 IU ( international units ) of vitamin " D " per day.
Is it a hereditary disease?
There are 200 types of arthritis.Most of them are hereditary.Some people may have a genetic propensity for certain types of arthritis, but that is not the same as hereditary arthritis.
The weather change
Many arthritis sufferers say that they feel a pain in the joints before a storm,as a consequence of the fall of the atmospheric pressure and the increased humidity,which causes pain and stiffness in the joints.The change of the weather can not cause arthritis,but may increase its symptoms.