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How To Cope with Arthritis Condition. 

 March 10, 2024

By  Linda Rook

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Introduction.

There are hundred types of arthritis which is a disease that attacks the joints and the immune system, and can leave you living with pain, inflammation and much more...

The main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

Arthritis can develop in all ages from your grand parents to your toddlers, but mainly adults over the age of 65 and mostly in women, if you are obese.

bone and joints

What is a Joint.

A joint is where two bones meet, so that you can bend, such as your knees it has two separating your lower leg (tibia) and the thigh bone (femur).  Within the joint you have a cartilage that is a tissue which covers the joint ends which helps you to move easy 

When you develop joint pain such in arthritis, the disease attacks the cartilage which can lead to the cartilage disappearing leaving the two bones on the joint starting to rub together causing chronic pain.

Many different types of conditions that can cause painful joints, other than arthritis, could be an injury, sprains etc... 

There are two types of pain:

Acute - which is mild pain that lasts for a few weeks. or 

Chronic - This can last for few weeks or months or does not go away at all, without medication.

Causes of Arthritis.

Diseases such as arthritis causes inflammation of one or many joints, causing pain, this is called 'ARTHRALGIA', this also develops stiffness, especially in the mornings.  The common joints affected are your weight bearing joints such as your knees, hips and spine.

The Common types of Arthritis.

Below are five different types of arthritis and their symptoms.

1. Osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common; it is developed by wear and tear of the joints, this happens through age you wear away the joint cartilage that is between the bones, therefore the bones come together and you may feel cracking and creaking noises as you move.

The joints that can be attacked include:

  • Fingers
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Back and Neck
left knee inflamed and painful.

2. Rheumatoid Arthritis.

It is difficult to say what has caused your pains, as there are several factors.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) mistakenly attacks the synovium of the joints.  The synovium is the lining of the joint, that cushions the two bones together, therefore when the synovium gets attacked, the bones start rubbing together, and you may feel cracking and creaking when you move, as the bones have no cushion left.

Even though the inflammation brings pain, its job is to help heal the affected area. When you develop RA the inflammation can affect other tissues, including your lungs, heart, eyes and other organs and is irreversible.

Symptoms and signs are:

  • Redness and swelling of the joints.
  • Tender when touched and inflamed.
  • Your joints may feel warm.
  • Loss of cartilage in the big joints.
  • Stiffness and Muscle Weakness.

3. Gout.

Gout is a form of RA (inflammatory Arthritis); it forms from having excess Uric Acid.

Uric Acid is a chemical that creates when your body breaks down certain food substances, called purines. Uric Acid crystallizes in the joints that causes painful attacks, usually in the big toe. It can also be in your ankle, foot, knee, or even in severe cases, wrists, elbow and even fingers.

These uric acid crystals can form kidney stones and can cause severe damage to your kidneys.

  • Symptoms of Gout are just the same as Arthritis.
  • Pain and swelling in the joint.  
  • Sensitive and feeling warm.
  • Stiff and red joints.
  • You can also get Gout by being overweight, eating or drinking too much of certain types of food and if you are an alcoholic. It can even be the genes you inherit.
    Gout is more common in women after menopause, and men can get it from their mid-20s.

You must call the doctor if you have any of the below list:

Gout of the foot
  1. You have a fever of 102 or over.
  2. If the area becomes swollen, red and warm to the touch.
  3. If you are ill.
  4. If two or more joints hurt.
  5. Or if you have trouble moving.

These could be a sign of an infection or other medical problems.

Some Home Remedies.

Medication.

Several different types of medication can treat Arthritis:

the list below is only some:


  • Analgesics.
  • Hydrocodone or (acetaminophen).
  • Nonsteroidal.
  • Salicylates.
  • Menthol or Capsaicin creams.
  • or corticosteroids.
Rubbing Cream

Physical Therapy.

You could go to a physical therapy who can do a exercise program to help you strengthen the affected joint muscles. Also you need to exercise, I know you are already in pain, as I have osteoarthritis, but if you just sit and do nothing each day you will lose the movement in your joints.

You should do low-impact exercises such as swimming, walking, Tia chi and there are many more.  The physio can help you which exercise you should be able to do.   

Eating Healthy.

It would also help if you ate a healthy diet, this will help by keep your weight down, and helping the weight bearing joints which are your knees, hips and spine.

A healthy diet means fruit, vegetables, white meat, avoid baked goods etc...

Acupuncture and Massage.

Acupuncture and massaging can help with the pain, but you must always go to a reputable business. The difference between acupuncture and massaging is that acupuncture uses very thin needles in certain areas of your body, and a massage is that they rub the area that is painful.  I went to an acupuncture but it got too expensive.

Acupuncture

Conclusion.

Unfortunately, arthritis is an incurable disease, this means that if you develop any type of arthritis, unfortunately you will be living 24/7 with the condition; the treatment is to keep the symptoms low so that you can live a normal life.

The two main types of arthritis, are osteoarthritis which is wear and tear of the joints associated with an injury or just every day wearing down of the joint. The joints that can be affected are your hands, spine, knees and hips, mainly your weight bearing joints.

The second one is rheumatoid arthritis, which can attack your healthy immune system and the cartilage (synovium) in the body's joints, also it can attack your organs.

This is why you should keep healthy with a diet and exercise to keep the joints moving.

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Linda Rook

Linda is now retired and has suffered from Osteoarthritis for about 40+ years.  She struggled with her weight until she found the correct one that also helped with her arthritic pain.  Linda was in terrible pain until the physician thought her right hip needed replacement. 


Now Linda has an artificial right hip, which has left her with the left leg shorter than the right.  Therefore, her spine is now wonky, and has arthritis of the lower back, also it seems to be going all over the body, her pain is now in the knees, elbow, wrist, fingers and both hips.


Linda now spends her days writing information to help others with the same conditions, so they do not suffer like Linda.


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