Rheumatoid Arthritis, the 2nd most common form of Arthritis, affects movable joints like wrists, knees, ankles and feet, indirectly affecting other parts of the body.
Today, it affects 1% of India’s current population of 1.34 billion.
It is triggered Automatically!
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune disease, which means, the body starts attacking itself by mistake. The body keeps attacking the joints, until the person is not able to move the joint at all.
Shedding the Myths!
- Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs only among the elderly.
NO! Arthritis has different forms and it could occur at any age. In fact, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs in children!
- It’s a normal joint pain.
Not at all! Infact, its long term effects can be disfigurement of bones, loss of mobility, loss of sleep and depression.
- You can’t do anything about it.
With evolution of medical technologies, it is now quite possible to attack the auto-immune response of your body, minimizing the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis, helping you to lead a normal life.
Observe these signs
It is Friday. Your shift at the office is about to be over. As you push away your chair to stand and leave, you realise that your joints have become stiff and painful, causing it difficult for you to stand upright. Problem in lifting limbs is one of the signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis, which can also include:
- Shortness of breath
- Numbness and tingling in hands or feet
- Spots on your fingers
- Red eyes
- Broken bones
Leading a normal life with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Exercise: It keeps your muscles strong and healthy, while enabling mobility of joints. An active and healthy lifestyle reduces your chances of acquiring the disease.
Rest: Adequate rest reduces inflammation of joints, while also relieving you from pain and fatigue. A good sleep, proper bath and a good massage are great ways to rest and help your joints.
Treatment: As of today, new techniques fight the disease in 2 ways – reducing pain and inflammation or alter its progression in your body. Your doctor will also help you balance exercise, rest and treatment.
Advancements in technology and new research continue to help people suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis in many ways. However, it remains to be a chronic disease that still doesn’t have a cure. So, if you experience any symptoms or have any concerns related to your health, make sure you talk to your doctor immediately.