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What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? And How Do I Live With It?

There are many different forms of arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis stands apart as an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system is faulty. This autoimmue disease most commonly triggers the wrist and small joints of the hand as well as other joints in the body. This form of arthritis affects more than 1.3 million Americans, of these about 75% affected are women. RA is a chronic disease and can be painful and debilitating by causing sufferers stiffness, swelling, and limited motion in their joints. Because of these daily realities, living with rheumatoid arthritis can be quite difficult a careful consideration of lifestyle.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

  1. Painful joints
  2. Stiffness in joints
  3. Loss of mobility & function of joints
  4. Low energy
  5. Feverish
  6. Loss of appetite
  7. Firm lumps beneath the skin (rheumatoid nodules)

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How do you know if you have Rheumatoid Arthritis?

If you are concerned that you may be suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis you should always visit a medical professional and receive a proper diagnosis. A rheumatologist is a physician with the skills and knowledge to diagnose and suggest proper treatment for the condition. To determine if an individual is suffering from RA, a physical exam is conducted to check the swelling of the joints, and then blood tests are run to confirm RA. It is more difficult to diagnose an individual who has had RA for less than 6 months. In this case, a doctor of Rheumatologist would diagnose based on symptoms and physical examination as opposed to X-rays or blood tests.

How can Rheumatoid Arthritis be treated?

The good news is that medical advancements and treatment options have greatly increased and have provided RA sufferers with more solutions for their pain. It is possible to completely reduce symptoms in some people with certain medications or treatments. A few common requirements for the treatment of RA include:

  1. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs): Work to slow the progression of the disease and reduce symptoms.
  2. Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Work to lower swelling, pain, and fevers.
  3. Biologic response modifiers: Used in more serious cases to target the immune system when it sends signals that lead to inflammation and joint damage.
  4. Low-impact exercises: Boosts muscle strength, increases mobility and range of motion, and reduces pressure on joints.
  5. Balanced diet: To ensure you are not eating foods that increase inflammation or flare-ups of painful symptoms.
  6. Regular check-ups: Visit a physical or occupational therapist and receive regular checkups.

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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease like Rheumatoid Arthritis can change the way a person lives their life. RA most commonly targets the joints in the hands and fingers. From brushing our teeth in the morning to making dinner, it is evident that we use our hands every day to accomplish tasks. Waking up and suddenly being plagued with swollen joints and painful fingers and hands can easily interrupt simple tasks. Thankfully there are many available treatments that can curb pain make living with rheumatoid arthritis easier for those afflicted.

How DR-HO’S Can Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

Although arthritis cannot be cured instantaneously by any one method, there are many non-invasive, drug-free ways to help target and relieve the associated pain and discomfort.  With its TENS and EMS therapy, DR-HO’S Pain Therapy System Pro can help you can manage pain from the comfort of home in as little as 20 minutes, without the use of drugs.

Learn more about the Pain Therapy System Pro and how it can make living with rheumatoid arthritis more manageable:

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DR-HO'S Joint Mobility Supplement:

DR-HO’S has a mission to use products and technology to reduce painful symptoms of thousands of individuals, including individuals who live with RA. It is possible to eat a diet that is tailored to reducing inflammation, but ensuring an RA sufferer has received all the essential nutrients through food alone is challenging. In these cases, supplements like DR-HO'S Mobility Joint Supplement can help. The Mobility Joint Supplement combines high levels of two efficient, well-studied natural ingredients: Glucosamine Sulfate and Chondroitin Sulfate for the maintenance of healthy joints. This supplement can be an effective component of a healthy lifestyle committed to managing arthritis pain.

Get More Arthritis Content From DR-HO'S Living Pain-Free Blog:

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  2. Arthritis: This is Everything You Need To Know
  3. Arthritis Diet: Is There an Anti-Inflammatory Diet?
  4. Tips & Tricks for At-Home Arthritis Pain Management
  5. 3 Reasons Why People With Arthritis Should Try Supplements
  6. 5 At-Home Knee Exercises for Arthritis 
  7. Arthritis Symptoms: What are the Common Symptoms?
  8. Arthritis Management: How Can I Relieve Arthritis Pain At Home?
  9. How to Quickly Ease Arthritis in the Knees 
  10. 5 Simple Hand Exercises to Help Joint Pain and Arthritis
  11. TENS Placement Chart for Arthritis
  12. Arthritis Exercises: What Are The Best Exercises For Arthritis?
  13. 7 Foods to Help Curb Arthritis Pain
  14. Can Supplements Really Help with Arthritis Pain?
  15. At Home Exercises for Arthritis Sufferers
  16. Is it Okay to Workout with Arthritis?
  17. 7 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Arthritis at Home
  18. The Ultimate Diet for Joint Pain and Arthritis Sufferers
  19. How to Quickly Ease Arthritis in the Knees
  20. 3 Reasons Why People With Arthritis Should Try Joint Supplements
  21. Which Foods Make Arthritis Worse?

Want to learn more about arthritis? Visit Dr-HO'S Joint Care & Arthritis page.

Sources:

  1.  2013. Ruderman, Eric. American College of Reumatology. “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”
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