Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that usually affects the small joints of the body, generally the extremities. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. This condition can also affect the tissues surrounding the joints (muscles, tendons, ligaments) as well as other organs of the body (skin, blood vessels, heart, lungs and muscles).

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic condition and it tends to last for many years though there are periods in between when the patient is without any symptom. RA is a progressive condition and over a period of time, it causes joint destruction and functional disability.

Although rheumatoid arthritis can affect anyone at any age, but it typically begins after the age of 40 and mostly seen in women.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

CAUSES OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Scientists largely believe that the tendency to develop rheumatoid arthritis may be genetically inherited. It is also suspected that certain infections or factors in the environment might trigger the immune system to attack the body’s own tissues (Autoimmune response), resulting in inflammation.

In any case, the autoimmune response causes chronic inflammation of the joints, that later progresses to joint destruction. Stress can act a predisposing factor as well as a trigger to induce acute episodes of the condition.

SYMPTOMS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

  1. Swelling of joints
  2. Joints are warm and tender to touch
  3. Morning stiffness
  4. Loss of mobility
  5. Deformities of hands and feet (at later stages)
  6. Muscular Pains
  7. Symmetrical affection of joints is common
  8. Small joints of hands and feet; elbows, ankles are commonly involved
  9. Skin redness or inflammation
  10. Round, painless nodules under the skin
  11. Inflammation of the lung (pleurisy)
  12. Swollen glands
  13. Anemia

COMPLICATIONS

Rheumatoid arthritis can affect every part of the body leading to:

  1. Damage to the lung tissue (Rheumatoid lung)
  2. Inflammation of blood vessels (Rheumatoid vasculitis)
  3. Sjogren’s syndrome (Dryness of eyes and mouth)
  4. Felty’s disease (Joint pains with enlarged spleen)
  5. Carpal tunnel syndrome
  6. Heart affections such as Pericarditis and Myocardial infarction (heart attack)

HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS being a constitutional disease that is auto immune in nature, calls for constitutional medication. Homeopathy offers excellent treatment for the cases of RA, especially for those who have not developed joint deformities. The pain control is very effective with homeopathy and this is without any side effects whatsoever.

Homeopathic treatment is targeted towards UPROOTING THE DISEASE and ensuring health with no side effects. For prescribing to an individual, a PLAN OF TREATMENT is followed which involves:

  1. GETTING THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF CASE which includes complete case taking (analyzing patient as an individual) along with patient history and family history
  2. DIAGNOSIS OF PATIENT AND DISEASE
  3. INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT OF THE CASE
  4. PRESCRIBING THE MOST SUITABLE INDIVIDUAL CONSTITUTIONAL REMEDY

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