Reasons You Shouldn’t Ignore Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

What are the discomforts of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) happens when the body’s immune system attacks its tissue including joints. This chronic inflammatory disease affects many joints in the body including the hands and feet.

RA not only affects joint linings but also causes painful swelling and can cause bone weakening and joint deficiency. It usually starts slowly, by affecting the small joints and spreading to larger joints.

Unlike other types of arthritis, the pains of Rheumatoid Arthritis occur in multiple joints. Joint pains can become severe in all areas of your body like your knees, right and left wrist, and hands. The pains can sometimes make your bones fragile and even unbearable to touch.

Paralysis in the joints is another discomfort you’ll feel if you have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Your ankles, feet, knees, or hands can become numb and you might find it hard to get out of bed or do anything. Most times this happens in the morning and can last for 45 to 60 minutes. Such discomfort can make you feel useless.

The pains can become unbearable to the extent that sleep will be far away from you, and even though sometimes you had sufficient sleep, tiredness will creep in. Studies have shown that 80 percent of people with RA admit to feeling this way.

Long-term inflammation can affect the lungs and this can lead to shortness of breath and dry cough.

Rheumatoid Arthritis can also affect the skin and eyes. It can cause itching to the skin because of the lumps that have developed on the skin. While it can also cause redness, pains, and dry eyes.

Other organs of the body Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) can affect are:

  • Kidney
  • Heart
  • Liver
  • Nervous System

Delay in treating RA can lead to deformed joints in your body and lumps will begin to develop on some parts of your body.

When do you need to see a doctor?

See a doctor when you begin to have swelling in your joints and feel any discomfort. Your doctor can examine you and notice other symptoms of RA you might be feeling. He is likely to run numerous tests on you to get the actual symptoms you have to recommend the right medications to you.

Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis


1. Herbs

There are herbs that were used for the prevention and treatment of joint and muscle inflammation in ancient times. Today the same herbs are contained in teas like Gotea Anti Arthritis Herbal Tea, TWININGS SYNERGY Anti-Rheumatism & Arthritis Tea, and GREATEA Rheumatic & Arthritis Supporting Tea. These teas prevent and treat rheumatoid arthritis naturally. It treats back, knee, elbow, shoulder, and neck pains. It also treats the aches and pains associated with arthritis and Rheumatism.


Your doctor may prescribe Nonsteroidal drugs(NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, and other pain relief drugs. He can also recommend disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs  (DMARDs) to curb disease advancement and reduce inflammation. This drug also helps prevent tissue and joint harm but does not cure RA. Rather it only relieves symptoms of pains, fatigue, and other joint pains.

3. Surgery

If medications don’t help your situation, your doctor may recommend surgery to you. When surgery is carried out, they are two things that are likely to be done. The inflamed lining of joints will be removed, or the joints can be replaced with a prosthetic if it is damaged.

4. Fitness 

Engage yourself with fitness, it helps maintain flexibility in your joints and also strengthens them. Doing exercises like walking, swimming, running and any other exercises that can relieve joint pains are recommended.


Getting any of these treatments earlier will help you continue to live a healthy and happy lifestyle even though you have Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA).



Written by Mary E. Linus



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