When one’s own body turns against oneself, the life of a person can get really difficult. This is exactly what happens in Rheumatoid Arthritis which is a disease in which a person’s immune system turns against him and attacks the body’s joints. Also known as autoimmune disease, this problem attacks women more than men. This is a disease which causes chronic inflammation of the joints and is generally characterized by pain in several joints at the same time or a pain in joints on both sides of the body. The joints can become red and swollen and people suffering from this disease can also experience morning stiffness which does not subside after 30 minutes. However, people with this disease should not get depressed as research is going on and there are treatments available to reduce the pain and swelling associated with this problem.
The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown but scientists believe that the cause might be genetically inherited. Certain factors or infections in the environment can trigger the immune system to attack the body’s own tissues which results in inflammation in various parts of the body. In rheumatoid arthritis, multiple joints are usually inflamed in a symmetrical pattern which can make the simple activities of turning door knobs or opening jars also difficult. In addition, the inflammation can also affect organs and areas of the body other than the joints.
The mainstream treatment of this disease consists of medication to control the pain which is associated with the inflammation of joints. Light and gentle exercises, hot and cold compresses, visualization and relaxation are other techniques which might provide help to a person suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Newer medicines are coming up to treat this painful problem. One of them is the products of modern biotechnology which can have powerful effects on stopping progressive joint damage. Many natural and herbal medications are also coming up. Thus, a person suffering from this problem must not give up hope as hope constitutes the soul of one’s existence and is that magical element which can cure any problem.