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Things people with arthritis wish others to know

When you have rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system attacks the joints and other organs, causing a variety of severe symptoms. RA is a complex condition than the more common osteoarthritis, and although it usually requires multiple medications and lifestyle adaptations to control it, to treat RA have come a long way in 15 years.

If you know someone living with RA, you may not realize how many diseases affecting his or her daily life, and you can try to empathize or give advice even though it may make them feel worse. On the surface, the destruction of RA cannot see – you might think that your friends do not look sick. But in fact, RA causes inflammation, pain, and ultimately more sales damage- just arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) leads to joint damage, pain, stiffness. RA often has few symptoms outwardly visible, can make life challenges to human confusing. Hence, reading this article to know what arthritis patients want others to know about them and their disease.



  1. Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are terrible in different ways.

Although it’s true for the most common diseases, osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is very different. RA is a condition that makes the system mucosa swelling around the joints, causing pain, injury and often deformed. While osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear on the joints and affects directly. Some people say ‘I got arthritis too”, and they showed a little finger that is a little swollen and do not realize all the complications.

  1. It is a life-long battle

Even if the symptoms appear to control, rheumatoid disease and move forward on adaptation to treatment. You work in cooperation with your family doctor, arthritis and your pharmacist to have a control over your health. You have to be able to forgive myself the day that you do absolutely nothing, and on good days, you can do many things … Never let your situation get you sad bored that you gave a hard time to crawl out. Support, assistance and complete support is very important. RD covertly eroding cartilage and bone in the patient feel perfectly fine, especially in the first 5 years. Recent MRI studies confirm that even in clinical remission, there is inflammation around joints, indicating a need for lifelong treatment. One patient told: “The first medication I took RD stopped working after 4 years. At present, the antibodies for rheumatoid are eleven standard times stronger after 3 years in a costly biological injection. Our hyperimmune develop work-arounds to the drug. In the near future, I will need to add a low dose of chemotherapy drugs to suppress my immune response.” They will have to try other drugs may or may not be able to slow the disease, such as my immune system keep adjusting. There are many fighters who have not found RD a drug works well, or who have run out of options. A friend of mine self-injected every week for a 20% improvement in symptoms of Lupus and RD.


  1. It’s not like your Achy knees.

When someone tells you she is living with RA, it is not useful to answer with “Oh, I have a little arthritis in my knees too,” RA is not the same as leg pain or pain in your back because RA will with you during your life. No doubt that osteoarthritis can be very painful, but it’s not like rheumatoid arthritis or rheumatism which can affect any part of the body, including organs, not just the joints. That is a progressive disease tends to affect many areas severely more important over time. RA has been away a bit, but it still left patients a reminder that maybe someday it will come back.

  1. Fatigue can become overwhelming.

Living with RA may also like the flu, and fatigue can be uncomfortable. Early fatigue and fog are the hardest part to deal with for me, but no one knows they exist. So how can you help people with arthritis? “Offer to make dinner, walking the dog – whatever you think you want to do for you if you’re sick with the flu and fractures all at once,” she said.

  1. These drugs are too dangerous

Yes, many of the immunosuppressive drugs are prescribed for RA patients to serious side effects, including increased risk of infection, liver and kidneys, and birth defects. These medications are serious drugs, but this disease is a serious disease. RA can significantly reduce the life of the patient if he or she skimps on or skip treatment.

Rheumatoid arthritis drugs exaggerate benefits capabilities and list a litany of dangerous side effects in a low monotone. Actors appear complete remission without prednisone moon-face, but more than half of patients never achieved clinical remission for even a short period of time, and most drugs help to an extent if at all. While this miracle drug made my life worth living, it does not make runs on a sandy beach, or toting around a baby on my hip can. Importantly, the drug does not make full-time work because of the disease can remain active and unpredictable. What it makes can be life-threatening infection, which is why patients with symptoms under control quite often choose risky business erosion. Proportion of risk-benefit is difficult to navigate, especially for industries vitamin / supplement boom promised their own brand relieved. Like the anti-wrinkle cream promises, no one is entirely accurate.

  1. Need for too many drugs

Autoimmune diseases such as RA are different for everyone, and ask for personal care plan. Nash said she sometimes swallow up to 10 pills a day. “It feels like too much, but every single one of them has been prescribed by my doctor.”

Provide voluntary medical advice for a person with a serious condition is not only hurtful, it can also cause harm. RA requires various powerful drugs to keep the disease under control. It’s hard enough to comply with medical regimens difficult without criticism.


  1. Have you tried glucosamine?

Glucosamine is a molecule that helps create the type of cartilage in the joints. There is some evidence that supplementation may help alleviate pain for people suffering from osteoarthritis. For RA, the case for glucosamine is even weaker.

“It simply does not work,” Dr. Matteson said. However, glucosamine is completely safe, he said, so patients felt that the supplement helps with pain can continue to use it-but it does not replace any other medicines.

  1. Exercise cannot have many advantages as expected

Exercise is an important part of managing any type of arthritis. However, when RA flashed, exercise can be difficult and painful, if not impossible, and may even lead to more joint damage. When the fire is under control, simple exercise such as walking is not only helpful for the joints, but also to strengthen the bones.

  1. Depression as normal

Living with a chronic condition does not mean just to cope with the disease day to day; it also means dealing with the uncertainty of what lies ahead.

Not only can dealing with RA cause depression, but the inflammation associated with the disease can affect brain function, such as mood, Dr. Matteson. And although antidepressants can also help reduce pain, they do not work to control RA itself.

  1. Weight loss can help, but it’s too hard

For both RA and OA, obesity can add more stress to the joints and compound the problem. However, more weight can be the result of medical treatment. RA patients are prescribed corticosteroids such as prednisone, can tamp down the immune response, but also essential to the ball and cause increased blood sugar. Typical side effects of this drug are the obesity or weight gain around the middle.

Some people need to lose weight to help the joints, but it was a conversation with the doctors office and it will stay there.


  1. Age is not a factor


It is not just a disease for the elderly. Kids get it too. At least 1.3 million adults in the United States have RA (75% women), and nearly 300,000 children in the US suffer from some form of juvenile arthritis, causing the same kind of pain, disability and symptoms that experienced adult autoimmune arthritis. Do not say, “You’re too young to have arthritis.” Nash was diagnosed when she was 29.

Not only is it absurd to tell someone they’re too young to have the disease, it also means that you are confused with arthritis RA, a disease very different.

  1. Shorter life expectancy

Not only patients with autoimmune arthritis to live with a disease capable of crippling, but they have to face the fact that they can die sooner than expected. Not surprising that patients often depressive disorder and anxiety.

  1. Disability is not uncommon.

RA is an invisible disability. I can look healthy from the outside, despite dealing with pain and fatigue on the inside. I pushed myself every day and pay for it expensive. Just because I can run around a dog show ring a few times, or ride my horse, or bike or swim in one hour, all with the help of my meds and a strong-willed , does not mean I will not be hobbling around for it then. But you’ll never hear me complain, and if I did, I would be 10 out of 10 on the pain scale, although you still will never guess from this stoic face. Disability was even higher in patients who have not timely diagnosis and treatment of their RA. One person with arthritis shared that: “My illness does not define me I would not … But I have my bad days where I felt drained, depressed and in pain. I learned how to make the best of my bad days and keep going. I learned that exercise helps and that I can do anything I put my mind to. I try my best not to let this disease stop me doing what I want.”


  1. It’s not sports related arthritis of you.

I often have people tell me that they have arthritis due to a knee injury related to football or tennis elbow. Rheumatoid arthritis is different from osteoarthritis can be caused by sports injuries. RA is not localized to one part of the body, and it may be related to fatigue in the first debilitating pain and inflammation in multiple sites.

  1. There is no quick solution.

You know that expression that goes, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”? That is very true for RA. While the Internet is full of ideas to treat RA, not a diet, supplements, herbs, or alternative therapy that gets rid of the symptoms of RA for all people with the disease.

  1. No Cure has been found.

There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, so now all I can do is treat it positive and hope my body meets to slow the progression of the disease and reduce the symptoms. There are many treatment options available, and some people with RA can control their symptoms or even go into remission with continuous use of these medications. However, in some cases, medications do not bring benefits but side effects. People with arthritis have endured from day to day. For decades, it is likely worsened, and finally people with RA may become disabled and may have to leave. As the disease progresses, some people will need more joint replacement. Patients can manage their RA, and asked if they are feeling better can only help prove that they will never be 100%, even if the drugs are working well. Regardless of the treatment used, always the threat of RA symptoms flaring up unexpectedly.

  1. RA is a degenerative disease and can even cause death.

Although knowing that the medications can harm the health, many of us are willing to take risks, as RA is a disease that can cause permanent damage by erosion of joints over time, and can even be fatal in cases affecting the heart or lungs. I do not make the decision lightly these drugs, and when people encouraged me to go off treatment, I feel like they do not understand the health risks that I face as a person with RA.


  1. There are good days and bad days

RA is erratic and unpredictable. Having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is like riding a roller coaster – you do not know until you wake up in the morning if you’re going to have a day more or a day less. I used to plan everything until I realized, now my day all depends on how I wake up feeling. Flare-ups of symptoms can occur suddenly. I can feel better in a minute, but there was a sudden jolt of pain after a while tired or spreading and swelling the next day. This sometimes means that I have to cancel plans at the last minute, although I was hoping for them. You live in the moment do not know what the next hour will bring you

  1. Understanding other people is necessary

Most people do not understand how pain arthritis is. Because they do not see an injury that they think you are exaggerating how much pain you’re in. I want my family to understand how painful and how difficult it is to do so only daily work. They Offer Understand, not advice. “I have no doubt that all the advice I received was well-intentioned, but it usually is not very useful and may even feel offended. Instead of that I tried to change my diet, exercise more, take additional X, etc., and ask me how I feel. Ask me about my experience with rheumatoid arthritis. You take the best of friendly relations and support when you really listen and provide understanding rather than advice wrong, she said.