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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

When you talk about rheumatoid arthritis, many people think that it is a sickness for old people. To tell the truth, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms appear at the age of about 30 to 40 years. However, most aggressive aged people ignore and abandon the treatments. Or if pain is relieved with a simple medication, unnoticed rheumatoid arthritis might be creating serious damages in the bones.
Let's take the case of a patient whose fingers were deformed in advanced stage. At his middle age, he had a healthy and well-built body as a construction worker. In the beginning, he just thought that pains around his fingers were something like jammed finger. Thus, he just left it as is, thinking that the pains will disappear sometime.Yes, it is true that the pains disappeared in a week's time. However, he noticed that he could no longer bend the fingers on his hand, so he went to the hospital for medical checkup.X-ray showed that the disease developed into a form called progressive rheumatoid arthritis. Bone cartilages at joints worn out and adhesion of bones were formed. There was no more cartilage in joints. It means that two different bones formed to one solid bone.Rheumatoid arthritis is dangerous and can happen not just to old people but also to young healthy workers. If you feel something like this experience, you should rush for medical checkup for immediate remedy.It does not mean that all symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis go the same way as above. There are various symptoms that may puzzle your thoughts.
n rheumatoid arthritis, the joint that hurts is caused by heat and inflammation. If you observe the joints of a healthy person with the use of endoscope in the hospital, the joints or cartilage are covered with clear fluid called synovial fluid while the rheumatic patients' cartilage show darkened clear bones only. It means that there is nothing to protect the bone joints from friction.The process that leads to rheumatoid arthritis begins in the "synovium", the membrane that creates a protective sac surrounding the joint. This sac is filled with a clear viscous fluid called "synovial fluid" that lubricates the linings of joints and the sheaths. This fluid also supplies nutrients and oxygen to the cartilage (a lubricious tissue that coats the ends of bones). The cartilage is composed of connective protein called "collagen", which gives support and flexibility to the joints. Since rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks itself, an abnormal immune system produces destructive molecules that cause continuous inflammation of the synovium. As a result, the cartilage and the bone are destroyed

The reason why the body's immune system attacks itself remains unknown by modern science. It is suspected that female hormonal changes during pregnancy, giving birth, and hereditary factors could be related, but still none is made decisive.Since the cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, preventive method is also unknown. The medical science think that stress, improper diet, and physical and emotional effects, could be involved. There are others who think that being a victim of rheumatoid arthritis is by misfortune.

Rheumatoid arthritis can emerge for all ages from a child to elders. Medically, there are no preventive methods at all. Rheumatoid arthritis is considered one of the most mysterious diseases.To prevent the worsening of rheumatoid arthritis, we advise you to checkup if you feel any pain at the joints or if you see any swelling, especially in the morning when you wake up. Also, if you feel some differences in more than 2 or 3 parts of your joints, we advise you to consult your doctor for possible symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Here are some effective commonly known remedies in China, Japan and Korea.1. Mash steamed squash, paste it to a cloth or thick paper. While it is still hot, place it to the affected painful areas. Taro plant and ginger with equal amount. Grind and paste them to a cloth or thick paper. Place it to the affected painful areas.2. Mugwort leaves( ) about 10 –15 leaves boil with 180 ml of water until the water is reduced by one-half. When it is cooled, consume all in 12 hours. Do it every day.3. Job's Tears, a.k.a Chinese pearl barley, just looks like rice when the skin is removed. Cook with rice or anything. Eat it as your main dish. It is a healthy food and good for treating various illnesses.

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