Category Archives: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Inflammation and Arthritis

What Is Inflammation? When you think of arthritis, you think of inflammation. Inflammation is a process in which the body's white blood cells and chemicals help protect us from infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. In some diseases, however, the body's defense system (immune system) triggers an inflammatory response when there are […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Smoking, and Alcohol

(ĐTĐ) – The potential risks smoking and drinking pose to people with rheumatoid arthritis. You already know that smoking is bad for you and that it's unhealthy to drink too much alcohol.   But do you know how tobacco and alcohol relate to rheumatoid arthritis — your odds of developing RA, or, if you already […]

10 Serious RA Symptoms to Never Ignore

(ĐTĐ) – Painful, swollen joints are a hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis. But for people with RA, it's not the only thing to watch out for.   A result of the body’s immune system attacking its own tissues, rheumatoid arthritis requires more than just managing the pain. Other symptoms that might even seem unrelated to the […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Avoiding 6 Common Mistakes

(ĐTĐ) – Most people with rheumatoid arthritis can live full, active lives despite their disease. But living a good life with RA often means you need to work at managing your disease and get the help you need. Take care to avoid these six common mistakes.   RA Mistake 1: Not Seeing a Rheumatologist If […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Best and Worst Supplements and Herbs

(ĐTĐ) – At 35, Chicago flight attendant Michele Mason says her bones felt like “pins and needles” were in them, and her hands were so swollen that she found it difficult to put on her infant son’s socks. Her knees ached, too. “I couldn’t even get out of the bathtub by myself,” she says.   […]

Family Planning and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Family Planning And Rheumatoid Arthritis

(ĐTĐ) – Although anyone can get rheumatoid arthritis, women with RA outnumber men by three to one. Many women with rheumatoid arthritis are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s, just when marriage and family start to take life’s center stage.   With pain, fatigue, and medication side effects to consider, there’s no question rheumatoid arthritis […]

The Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The Causes Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

(ĐTĐ) – Osteoarthritis is the result of the wear and tear on joints. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, occurs when the immune system goes haywire and begins attacking joint linings. This chronic inflammatory condition also affects other tissue, but the joints are usually the most severely affected.   Here is what we know about […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis Progression

Rheumatoid Arthritis Progression

(ĐTĐ) – Although there have been cases of remission without rheumatoid arthritis treatment, these are not common. So you’re right to be concerned. Most people with rheumatoid arthritis experience some progression of their disease during their lives.   But there are treatments that can help, and each person responds to the disease differently. What can […]

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

(ĐTĐ) – Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), also called juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA), is the most common childhood arthritis. This disease may affect up to 294,000 children in North America alone. What is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis? Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis causes joint inflammation and stiffness for more than six weeks in a […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis Overview

Rheumatoid Arthritis Overview

(ĐTĐ) – Arthritis is a general term that means inflammation in a joint. Joint inflammation is characterized by redness, warmth, swelling and pain within the joint.   Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of chronic arthritis that typically occurs in joints on both sides of the body (such as hands, wrists or knees). This symmetry helps […]