First, it is good for people with rheumatoid arthritis to fully understand what rheumatoid arthritis is, what causes it and what are its signs and symptoms. By understanding this it will be easier for them to cope with the disease and accept their conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body starts attacking its own healthy cells. In response to this, the cells produce inflammation that ends up being painful and a nuisance to the person in question. Rheumatoid arthritis is not determined by age or sex and therefore anybody can get it. However, in most cases women are the most susceptible to rheumatoid arthritis than men.
After the inflammation occurs, there is also wear and tear of the joints with the increase of inflammation and at this point swelling, pain and numbness in the small joints of the body i.e. hands and feet joint occur. However, the larger joints like the knee and shoulders may also be affected but mostly it happens to the smaller joints before other joints can be affected. With time the flexibility and mobility of the joints is reduced making it hard for the people with rheumatoid arthritis to accomplish even the smallest tasks like turning the door knob or even tying up shoe laces.
Another thing that is important for people with rheumatoid arthritis to know is the initial signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Many diseases can imitate rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and it is therefore good if you will be able to define the signs of rheumatoid arthritis. In most cases, you will experience numbness and stiffness in the morning hours after waking up. You can remain in this state for a couple of hour before your hands can become strong again to do anything. You might also experience an arthritic fever that comes and go and especially in the afternoons. In most cases, people with rheumatoid arthritis might develop nodules under the skin around the joints. The body also develops fatigue that makes it hard for the affected patients to do anything that involves their joints. Dry mouth and eyes is also another conditions experienced by people with rheumatoid arthritis.
It is possible to overcome the progress of rheumatoid arthritis as well as its negatives effects on the people with rheumatoid arthritis; you can easily achieve this by eating the right diet and taking the correct medication. In addition to these it is also good to make sure that you are undertaking physical therapies in order to make you joints stronger and improve on their mobility. Talking of the right diet, people with rheumatoid arthritis need to make sure that the diet they are taking is fighting the inflammation not increase the condition. The right diet should include plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, fish oils and vegetables.
In some instances you will find that people with rheumatoid arthritis can develop osteoporosis, a condition that weakens the bones making them susceptible to fracture. This condition can be caused by missing menstrual periods for a long time, thin bone frame, using certain medication for a long period of time, smoking, low intake of calcium among many other reasons. By understanding all these facts about rheumatoid arthritis, people with rheumatoid arthritis can learn to overcome it and live a normal life.