Rheumatoid arthritis is one of most common types of arthritis. RA is an autoimmune disorder, in which your immune system attacks itself (by mistake). This causes inflammation in the affected joints causing damage. Rheumatoid arthritis affects more than one joint at a time. For instance, both wrists or both knees. Commonly affected joints include, wrists, hands, ankles and knees. This joint related disease affects your daily activities. However, RA can be managed by making changes in your daily life. This blog contains some ways to manage rheumatoid arthritis. Hence, increasing quality of life.
Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Symptoms with RA can get worse over time. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Weakness and weight loss
- Signs in both affected joints
- Pain & stiffness in the affected joints
- Swelling and inflammation in more than one joint
Some people also experience symptoms of RA that aren’t related to joints.
Risk Factors for Rheumatoid Arthritis include:
According to various researchers, there are many factors to determine the risk of RA in a person. These risk factors include:
- Age: Middle-aged people are most likely to develop RA
- Gender: Compared to men, women are more likely to have RA .
- Obesity: Excess weight increases the risk of RA
- Genetics or family history: Specific genes and/inherited genes increase the risk of RA.
Ways to manage Rheumatoid Arthritis:
However, RA can be managed by making changes in your daily life. Here are some ways to manage rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
- Heat therapy
- Quit smoking
- Physical activities
- Eat a balanced diet
- Improve your sleep
- Maintain a proper weight
Heat increases the blood flow in the affected part and relaxes the muscles. Therefore, helps ease your pain.
Smoking can cause various health related problems. Researches have shown smoking to be a risk factor of developing RA. Smoking also worsens RA symptoms.
Being physically activities strengthens and increases mobility. Doing gentle exercises strengthens your joint muscles.
Improve your sleep routines:
Researches show that poor sleep worsens your pain and inflammation. Poor sleep increases the level of stress hormones in your body. Hence, increased flares. Besides this, sleep deprivation increases the pain severity.
Maintain a proper weight:
Excess weight can cause various problems for people with RA. It put excess stress and pressure on the joints. Which is why it’s very important to maintain a healthy weight. Consult a specialist in order to make healthy changes and making a dietary plan.
When to seek medical attention:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is one of an autoimmune disease. In case of increased pain in joints and muscles, seek medical attention.
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