I was shocked to discover that there are over 100 forms of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Let’s start by understanding what arthritis is and the four most common types: osteoarthritis (rheumatoid), gout (gout), and fibromyalgia. Arthritis, also known as “joint inflammation”, is a common condition that can cause severe pain. It affects the muscles, and more specifically the area where two or more bones meet, the joint. Arthritis symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, weakness, inflammation, and limited movement. This can make it difficult to do basic daily tasks like walking, climbing stairs, opening bottles, and brushing your teeth.
Fibromyalgia or “soft tissue arthritis” refers to pain in the soft fibrous tissues of the body, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, and ligaments. Fibromyalgia can also cause problems sleeping, morning stiffness, headaches, poor memory, and concentration. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It occurs when cartilage begins to wear away, causing the bones to rub against one another and making movement painful. Cartilage is a slippery, spongy substance that covers the bones and allows for smooth movement. Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the hands, weight-bearing joints like the knee, hip, and facet joints (in spine). It occurs when cartilage becomes less elastic with age. It is the most common form arthritis pain among the elderly. Rheumatoid is a debilitating condition that affects the hands, wrists, knees, and elbows.
The immune system misunderstands itself and causes swelling of the joint lining. The inflammation spreads to surrounding tissues and eventually causes damage to cartilage and bone. Rheumatoid arthritis does not only affect the joints. Tendons look like ropes that run inside lubricated tubes. Rheumatoid-associated arthritis can affect tendons as well. The lubricating system in the joints is very similar to the one in the tendons.
Some people may experience inflammation in other parts of their bodies, such as the lungs or blood vessels. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis have difficulty performing daily activities such as dressing, standing, walking, washing hands, and using the toilet. Gout is a painful condition caused by the body’s inability to eliminate a natural substance called Uric acid. Excess uric acid can form needle-like crystals in joints, which cause severe swelling and pain. Gout typically affects the wrist, big toe, and knee joints. Drinking a lot of water is essential to reduce the risk of urate crystallizing inside the joints.
Recent scientific evidence suggests that drinking a glass of skimmed dairy milk daily may help with gout arthritis pain relief. Gout can be made worse by drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages. Injury (e.g. from sports) and complications (such as diabetes, heredity, and inactivity) are all factors that can lead to arthritis pain. Numerous studies have also shown a link between obesity, arthritis, and other conditions.
Excessive bodyweight puts extra stress on weight-bearing joint (back, hips. knees. ankles. feet). Because joints work differently, your knee pressure is often greater than your body weight when you walk. Even a small weight loss can make all the difference in your joints. The body’s inflammation can also be increased, making your joints more painful. As we age, our joints naturally become less flexible and more painful. This is why arthritis is often associated to older people. It is also known that juvenile idiopathic arthritis can also be developed in children, although it is rare. This is an inflammatory disorder that affects the connective tissues. It causes joint swelling, pain, or tenderness. It can also affect the skin, heart and lungs, liver, spleen, eyes, and other organs.
The best way to relieve arthritis pain is to combine medication, exercise, rest and weight-management with diet and nutrition. Your doctor will be able to determine the type of arthritis you have based on blood tests and Xrays and recommend the best course of action.
Manuka honey, which is known to have a higher antibacterial activity than other honey types, is becoming more popular for treating arthritis pain. This is due to its natural healing properties and anti-inflammatory qualities. It is a natural pain reliever and reduces joint inflammation. Mix 2 tablespoons Manuka Honey with 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder in 1 cup of warm green Tea. You can then enjoy this honey cinnamon drink every day, morning and night. A well-known home remedy for arthritis is the combination of honey with cider vinegar. People all over the globe have passionately shared their experiences with this cleansing drink. They claim that it has helped them to relieve joint pains. Nutritionists believe that this cleanse contains minerals like potassium, phosphorus and calcium as well as natural silicon, pectin and tartaric acids.
These acids are believed to be effective in fighting toxins, inhibiting bacteria, and maintaining the body’s vital acid-alkaline equilibrium. Mix two teaspoons vinegar with two teaspoons raw honey in a glass of warm, filtered water. Drink this three times daily. It may take several weeks before you notice the results. The same folk medicine prescription was also available for arthritis pain in Arthritis and Folk Medicine (Galahad Books 1997). He believes that the stomach is the best place to treat arthritis and other health issues. Jarvis discovered that calcium deposits can be released into the bloodstream by taking an apple cider vinegar cocktail daily. This results in arthritis pain relief and prevents osteoporosis. Some people recommend that arthritic joints be soaked in hot apple cider vinegar. Use a quarter cup vinegar and one-and-a half cups water to apply the treatment. To keep the heat in, you can soak a cloth in the mixture and place it on the affected areas. The hot mixture should be left on for ten minutes, then turn off the heat and let the joint cool for ten more minutes.
Gout is a type of arthritis that affects around eight million Americans. Gout is caused by the abnormal accumulation of monosodium urate (also known as uric acid) in body tissues. The body’s inability remove UA causes this metabolic condition. UA is a byproduct from the metabolism of purines which are substances found in many kinds of food. Human beings lack an enzyme called uricase that can break down monosodium-urate. Animals have it. Gouty arthritis is an increasing incidence of the disease. This phenomenon could be related to the obesity epidemic in the United States and other developed countries. This obesity is caused by dietary indiscretion and the ever-growing prevalence of high fructose foods and drinks. This article will provide some helpful tips for those suffering from this condition.
- Recognize which stage of gout are you at. Each stage is different. Even though most doctors don’t know the stages, if you have this condition you should.
- Gout treatment should be done in two steps: first treat the acute attack and then treat the underlying problem which is the excessive accumulation of UA. It’s impossible to treat both the acute and the underlying problems of gout.
- Side effects can occur with gout medications. These side effects can be dangerous, especially if you are taking medication for other conditions. Some can be life-threatening.
- No matter what you hear, diet is important. Exercise is also important. Patients should start with the “push away” exercise.
- This disease can be associated with other medical conditions that can have an adverse effect on both gout and treatment. You can think of diabetes, high blood lipids and heart disease as some examples.
- Gout attacks can be prevented or minimized by starting treatment early. This will help to reduce disability, pain, and prevent further attacks. If this simple directive is not followed, gout attacks can leave a person incapacitated for a long period of time.