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Rheumatoid Arthritis – RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis – RA

Are you suffering from Joint Pain? especially joints in the hands, wrists and knees? If your answer is yes, it could be a sign of Rheumatoid Arthritis or simply RA. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an Autoimmune and Inflammatory disease. This means that the Immune System of the body attacks healthy cells in the body by mistake, thus causing an Inflammation. Inflammation is a painful swelling in the affected parts of the body.

I am currently undergoing an Ayurvedic Treatment. All my joints have pain in addition to my Back and Neck Pain. This joint pain has been more disturbing since April this year, after recovering from the Covid-19. I am not sure whether it has any connection with Covid-19.

My doctor told me that it is not just massage which is required for my Joint Pain but I need to take some oral medication as well as it is due to the Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am taking medicine as well as undergoing Oil Massage and other regular treatment. I am feeling much much better now. I can easily bend all my fingers without much pain which I was unable to do until a day before.

When I searched for Rheumatoid Arthritis and its symptoms, I came across an article published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It says…

“In a joint with RA, the lining of the joint becomes inflamed, causing damage to joint tissue. This tissue damage can cause long-lasting or chronic pain, unsteadiness (lack of balance), and deformity (misshapenness).

RA can also affect other tissues throughout the body and cause problems in organs such as the lungs, heart, and eyes”.

The article also lists signs and symptoms of RA as follows.

With RA, there are times when symptoms get worse, known as flares, and times when symptoms get better, known as remission.

Signs and symptoms of RA include:

  • Pain or aching in more than one joint
  • Stiffness in more than one joint
  • Tenderness and swelling in more than one joint
  • The same symptoms on both sides of the body (such as in both hands or both knees)
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Weakness

Read the complete article here

If you have any of these symptoms or signs, please consult your doctor immediately. It will be very difficult moving forward if you have RA. Take care not to abuse your joints which can worsen the situation. Do regular exercises to keep your muscles and joints active and flexible.

Disclaimer: Information provided here is only for public awareness. Consult your doctor in case of any health issues before starting self medication

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Born and brought up in Kerala, I did my schooling in Kerala and graduated (B.Sc Physics) from the Calicut University. I have worked with a Swedish Company from 1994 to 2015, as a Senior Project Manager in their Group IT Division in Dubai. This blog is the result of my strong desire to communicate with others, sharing what I know and what I could gather from various sources.


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