Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis comes under the same class of disorders known as autoimmune system disorders, as that of the rheumatoid arthritis and is identical with it in the signs and sypmptoms also, but the basic dissimilarity it possesses is, it is categorized by the absence of rheumatoid factor. Rheumatoid factor, or RhF or RF, is an autoantibody most substancial in RA. Therefore, when this factor is lacking, it becomes problematic to know the expanse of the RA. And so, keeping intricate account and noting down every minute alteration about the signs of the disease is advised to the patients, so that, from the notes, the progression of the disease can be recognized, and, it can be seen whether there is any system in the severity of the disease. Signs and sypmptoms are same as that seen in rheumatoid arthritis, namely, joint inflammation, pain, redness, swelling and periodic high fever. This category of arthritis is more widespread in men. There are different types, namely ankolysing arthritis, enteropathic arthritis, Reiter's arthritis, reactive arthritis and undifferentiated seronegative arthritis.

The treatment comprises of symptomatic relief measures and training the patient to live with rheumatoid arthritis. Usually drugs for pain management are prescribed, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs are permitted. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), e.g. meloxicam, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as methotrexate are prescribed commonly.

Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis being an autoimmune disease, it becomes needed to raise body's immune mechanism to cope up with the disorder. Diet has a significant part in increasing immunity. The diet for rheumatoid arthritis is largely useful in this disease as well. This diet is recommended especially to decrease inflammation and for managing the deterioration of joints. It contains avocados, fish, such as, herrings, sardines or salmon, leafy, green vegetables, walnuts, soy milk, blueberries, grapes, tofu, strawberries, raspberries, whole grains, e.g., brown rice and millet, wheat grass and seaweed. Heavily processed foods, alcohol, dairy products and sugar must be taken in least quantity. Spices viz. turmeric and ginger also show best results in controlling pain and also inflammation when included in meals. Additionally, ginger oil can be applied to the affected joint to get pain control and increasing flexibility in movement over a period of time.

Since there is no assured cure for the ailment, the patient has to live happily with it and s/he can succeed in this by following such proper diet and exercise pattern. Signs of inflammation are remarkably reduced if sugar, wheat, dairy products, soy and citrus fruits are omitted from the daily meals.

Moderate aerobic exercises for example walking, swimming and biking are recommended to rheumatoid arthritis patients. Strength-building exercises also can be done on alternate days. These exercises uplift the quality of life with the disease by raising the range of motion, elasticity and pain reducing capabilities. It is advised to do a warm-up of five minutes before commencing the workout. You can do brisk walking so that the blood starts flowing fast and lessen the incidents of trauma. The patient should talk with the physiotherapist to involve this type of workouts in the daily habit.

If correct drug therapy, diet and exercise are administered, it is not difficult to cope up with Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis.

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living with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia

28 thoughts on “Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis And Fibromyalgia

  1. Threeicys

    How do you mentally fight living with chronic pain?
    To those who live with conditions that cause constant physical pain.

    When it drives you crazy.

    Wears you down.

    You need it to stop but it won’t.

    What do you do to go on?

    1. iamnoone

      As one who lives with rheumatoid arthritis, palindromic rheumatism, and fibromyalgia –and who takes no pain medications at all– I can sympathize with your situation. I am sorry for what you are going through.

      The first to answer gave excellent advice, the vast majority of which I try to follow every day. All that I can add to that wonderful answer is to count your blessings, focus on activities you enjoy, and in which you can participate. Also, perhaps most important of all, laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine for what ails you.

  2. John Generic

    What are some amazing natural cure-alls?
    Sometimes you hear about certain natural products that do tons of amazing things, and it’s always fascinating. For example, if you Google olive oil you’ll find TONS of uses, including using it as a skin moisturizer and healer.

    What are some other natural products that do lots of cool things?

    1. Jim and Angela


      For nearly three decades, people in Europe and Asia have been enjoying the many benefits of serrapeptase, the “silkworm enzyme.” Serrapeptase (commonly misspelled as serapeptase) is an enzyme that is produced in the intestines of silk worms to break down cocoon walls.
      Research has shown that this amazing enzyme dissolves (digests) non-living protein cells and tissue while leaving healthy tissue untouched. Thus serrapeptase dissolves: scar tissue, blood clots, cysts, inflammation, arterial blockage, edema, mucous. For the millions of people who take anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and promote cardiovascular health, Serrapeptase shows great promise.

      This enzyme is proving to be a superior alternative to NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) traditionally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Serrapeptase has been used to treat chronic sinusitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains and torn ligaments, fibrocystic breast disease, ovarian cysts, ear, nose and throat infections, fibromyalgia, varicose veins, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis, migraines (vascular), Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) including Crohn’s, colitis and cystitis, enlarged prostate, pain, and postoperative inflammation. Some researchers believe Serrapeptase can play an important role in arterial plaque (hardening of the arteries) prevention and removal

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  3. Dr. Black Flames

    How to get medical marijuana?
    I get really depress at times and everytime i smoke weed it gives me a reason to live and be happy again its like weed is your proffesssor and it educates you. However i feel like a criminal and a bad person using it illegaly is their anyway to get medical marijuana?

    1. Martin

      Here is a general list of sicknesses with symptoms and/or side effects that have been treated with medical marijuana:

      AIDS Related Illness
      Alcohol Abuse
      Alopecia Areata
      Amphetamine Dependency
      Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
      Angina Pectoris
      Anorexia Nervosa
      Anxiety Disorders
      Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease
      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
      Autoimmune Disease
      Back Pain
      Back Sprain
      Bell’s Palsy
      Bipolar Disorder
      Brain Tumor, Malignant
      Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      Cerebral Palsy
      Cervical Disk Disease
      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
      Chronic Pain
      Chronic renal failure
      Cocaine Dependence
      Crohn’s Disease
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Damage to Spinal Cord Nervous Tissue
      Degenerative Arthritis
      Delirium Tremens
      Diabetic Peripheral Vascular Disease
      Dysthymic Disorder
      Genital Herpes
      Graves Disease
      Headaches, Cluster
      Headaches, Migraine
      Headaches, Tension
      Hemophilia A
      Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
      Hepatitis C
      Hereditary Spinal Ataxia
      Hospice Patients
      Huntington’s Disease
      Inflammatory autoimmune-mediated arthritis
      Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
      Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
      Intractable Vomitting
      Lou Gehrig’s Disease
      Lyme Disease
      Major Depression
      Malignant Melanoma
      Meniere’s Disease
      Motion Sickness
      Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)
      Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
      Muscle Spasms
      Muscular Dystrophy
      Myeloid Leukemia
      Nail-Patella Syndrome
      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
      Opiate Dependence
      Panic Disorder
      Parkinson’s Disease
      Peripheral Neuropathy
      Peritoneal Pain
      Persistent Insomnia
      Post Polio Syndrome (PPS)
      Post-traumatic arthritis
      Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
      Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      Pulmonary Fibrosis
      Radiation Therapy
      Raynaud’s Disease
      Reiter’s Syndrome
      Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
      Rheumatoid Arthritis
      Rheumatoid Arthritis
      Schizoaffective Disorder
      Sedative Dependence
      Senile Dementia
      Severe Nausea
      Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
      Skeletal Muscular Spasticity
      Sleep Apnea
      Spinal Stenosis
      Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS)
      Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)
      Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
      Tic Douloureux
      Tietze’s Syndrome
      Tobacco Dependence
      Tourette’s Syndrome
      Viral Hepatitis

      if you can pretend that you are suffering from any of the diseases/sickness mentioned above and you can get an prescription from doctor.

  4. fishineasy™

    Anyone else out there with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia have trouble sleeping some nights?
    And are you taking medication for these medical problems?

    1. Anonymous

      Yes, either one of these diseases can cause you to not sleep well. I have been diagnosed with these diseases for about 20 years and I think the not being able to sleep is one of the worst affects of the disease. I think it had a large part in leading to my divorce. Because as you know if you don’t sleep, you become grumpy and irritable. Like one of the other people said, Ambien works well, but your doctor will not let you use it long. Sometimes I go as much as 4-6 days, without going to sleep.
      And you would think you would get so tired you would fall asleep, but I don’t. I usually end up taking something (prescribed by my doctor, to relax me). Tylenol PM or Advil PM helps some nights. But mostly I have found that it is a side affect I have just had to live with. I pray you have better results, and that everything works out for you.
      Talk to your reumatologist about it. I can’t take a lot of the medicines because of other health conditions. But, a reumatologist can help you better than your regular medical doctor. Godd Luck, I will keep you in my prayers, God Bless.

  5. SweetD

    If my joint pain isnt arthritis what is it?
    I am 25 and started having knee pain about 5 years ago when I went into the army. Over the next five years other joints have started hurting. Like my elbows, shoulders, and hips. My doctor did a blood test and it said negative for arthritis. Could it still be? Or what else could it be? They hurt even when I am not working out.

    1. Rachel

      Rheumatoid arthritis is tested for by a simple blood test and I would think it would be pretty accurate, but if you’re doubting it, you can always request a second test.

      As far as what else, it could be a variety of things. There are MANY, MANY conditions that cause joint pain, starting with simple things like Vitamin D deficiency, which is a new epidemic, especially among Northerners and African Americans who don’t get enough sunlight. You may want to get your level checked. You may also want to be checked for Lyme Disease, depending on where you live, what you’ve been doing, and whether you feel you may have been exposed to a tick.

      There are also musculoskeletal conditions, like Fibromyalgia, which can be diagnosed by seeing a Rheumatologist. If nothing pans out there, you may have some kind of chronic pain condition.

  6. penny lane

    Do people live long lives in incurable chronic pain?
    I’ve been in pain for thirteen years from Fibromyalgia. I don’t know what nothing feels like nor have I been in remission. I searched for this question on the net and couldn’t find an answer. You won’t die from Fibro but it is very painful. Thank you. I appreciate you!



  7. axel42594

    How many people RUN for exercise?
    A simple “I do” or “I don’t” will work. Then tell us what works and what doesn’t for you as a runner. Do you have any specific training schedules? And for an interesting fact tell us your weekly mileage.

    1. SH

      I don’t (joint pain). I ride my stationary bicycle 30-min. a day 5 days a week. While doing that I lift 2-pound hand weights and do my arm routine at the same time, then I stretch for 10 minutes. I go to the gym that has a heated pool 2 x’s a week where I do water aerobics. On these days I don’t ride my bicycle. I live with Rheumatoid arthritis, Systematic Lupus, and Fibromyalgia, it is very important that I do my routine.

      I know this doesn’t answer the routine of a runner, but I thought it was important to share with other partially disabled people who may see this to encourage them there are other alternatives.

    1. Imaka

      FMS (fibromyalgia syndrome) is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which the cause is still unknown. Fibromyalgia means pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons – the soft fibrous tissues in the body.

      Most patients with Fibromyalgia say that they ache all over. Their muscles may feel like they have been pulled or overworked. Sometimes the muscles twitch and at other times they burn. More women than men are afflicted with this disorder, and it shows up in people of all ages.

      The cause of FMS remains elusive, but there are many triggering events thought to precipitate its onset. A few examples would be an infection (viral or bacterial), an automobile accident or the development of another disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or hypothyroidism. These triggering events probably don’t cause FMS, but rather, they may awaken an underlying physiological abnormality that is already present.

      Synmptoms can include pain, fatigue, chronic headaches, sleep disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, joint problems, painful periods, chest pain, morning stiffnes, numbness, tingling, irritable bladder, the feeling of swollen extremities, skin sensitivities, dry eyes and mouth, dizziness, and impaired coordination. People are often sensitive to odors, loud noises, bright lights, and sometimes even the medications that they are prescribed.

      Changes in weather, cold or drafty environments, infections, allergies, hormonal fluctuations (premenstrual and menopausal states), stress, depression, anxiety and over-exertion may all contribute to symptom flare-ups.

      Long term follow-up studies on fibromyalgia have shown that it is chronic, but the symptoms may come and go. The impact that it has on daily living activities, including the ability to work a full-time job, differs among patients. Overall, studies show that it may be equally as disabling as rheumatoid arthritis.

      I have included some websites that should be helpful.

  8. kimmie63

    Just diagnosed with fibromyalgia but had all the symptoms for hypothyroidism but blood work was normal ????
    I had alot of the symptoms for underactive thyroid so I went to the dr. but all the blood work came back normal, at least what they consider normal. They ran a few more tests checking for arthritis and lupus but they were normal also so the dr. said he felt I had fibromyalgia and put me on cyclobenzaprine. Has anyone had the same thing happen to them.

    1. Me

      For some reason that doctors don’t understand, there is a connection between hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia. In fact some studies say 15% of people diagnosed with hypothyroidism will develop fibromyalgia. Did you see a rheumatologist? Fibromyalgia is very difficult to diagnose and is normally only diagnosed by a rheumatolgist by taking a complete history and a physical exam checking for 18 tender areas called trigger points. If your doctor isn’t a specialist, I would be suspicious about that diagnosis, especially if he didn’t check you for these tender spots. It’s not something that can be diagnosed simply by ruling other things out. That being said, I’d see a specialist for sure, because the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown and has no known cure and there are lots of diseases that are MISdiagnosed as fibro. You may actually have something more treatable. Look into Lyme disease, which is also often misdiagnosed as fibro. I have both hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia but since I’m in the medical field I have a hard time with not knowing the cause of fibromyalgia. I’ve done lots of research and find that there are a lot of closely related diseases often misdiagnosed as fibro such as Lyme, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and adult growth hormone deficiency. I guess my point is that it’s hard to live with something with no known cause or cure, so see the specialists, ask lots of questions, and try to find out if it could be something else. Good luck!

  9. Laura D

    Are reoccuring fevers that only last a day serious?
    I’ve had a low fever (enough to make me feel terrible and have muscle aches) once a month for the past three months. No other symptoms and it disappears within the day or when I wake up the next morning. I was wondering if anyone knows what could cause that.

    1. Halema

      This sounds like the beginning of an auto-immune disorder, possibly Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Immune Disorder. An autoimmune disorder is where the body attacks itself for unknown reasons, but doctors do suspect that these conditions are stress related. After a long time of dealing with the symptoms, eventually damage is done that is irreversible; think rheumatoid arthritis. Exercise helps the body deal with the effects of hormone overload from living a stressful life. Music Therapy helps slow the mind down, allowing the body to actually relax, rest, and recuperate. Massage Therapy reteaches the body how to relax, often allowing the mind to relax also. Meditation is also another way to allow the mind to relax and destress. Yoga combines both exercise and meditation to “kill two birds with one stone” so to speak.

      Either way, relearn to be kind to yourself. When your body is telling you that you hurt, listen to yourself. Drink plenty of fluids, at least 3 large bottles of water (room temp. water, not iced). Also, avoid hot beverages and hot showers/baths (warm is good, but not hot). Eat more fruits and drink fresh-made fruit smoothies (no vodka added, please!).

      When your body is aching and feverish, try this bath remedy:
      5 cups Epsom Salts
      1 cup baking soda
      Mix into warm running bath water and soak up to your neck for 20 minutes, no longer than that. Then, go to sleep with soothing “spa” or massage music on. Try music by R. Carlos Nakai — Native American flute music, very soothing and trance-like — it will put you to sleep in no time!

      A totally different reason could be that you are harboring a long-term, slight bladder/kidney infection. When you are feverish and achey, maybe your doctor could run a urine test on you at that time. Otherwise, you could be getting up in the morning, begin to drink more fluids and the symptoms of the infection will disappear until a later day. Doesn’t mean the infection is gone, though.

      And… could have both things going on. (I did. But I’ve recovered from the bladder/kidney infection and am dealing much better with Fibro/CFS.)

  10. emmieruby

    How much Vitamin D should I be taking daily?
    I live in Washington State so I don’t get a lot of sunshine. I also have Crohns Disease and have heard that Vitamin D can help with Crohns.

  11. Sus4

    Is 57 too late to go to university to get a BA and then a Masters degree so that I can earn a living?
    I wouldn’t be finished until I would be in my 60’s. Would anyone hire me at that age? I can’t find a job now at 57 that I can handle physically. I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. I would like to be a psychologist and do counselling out of a home office some day. Is this a waste of time and money at my age or a realistic thing to do?

    1. JMITW

      if you want to have a hoem office–that you don’t need to worry about soemoen hiring you…

      there are many seniors working…..

      to vbe a full psychologist you need a doctorate degree

      you might want to look into being a licensed clinical socail worker

  12. Joleen D

    Fibromyalgia sufferers what medications are you taking right now for it?
    I’m on Neurontin but also take Welbutrin for depression. If I stretch, do mild exercise in the warm rehab pool, and the weather is warm I feel pretty good. What about you?

    1. missingora

      I have rheumatoid arthritis as well as degenerative joint disease and have had 2 spinal surgeries, a knee replacement and a hip replacement. I AM THROUGH WITH REPLACEMENT SURGERIES!!! I just trade one set of pains for another. . I take Neurontin, Lortab, Soma, Paxil and Voltaren. I don’t have a pool available but when I did, the mild exercises nearly killed my back. I am weather sensitive and hot weather is a big enemy! I think the only real answer to fibromyalgia is to maintain a healthy sense of humor, spend quality time with family and friends (I live alone but I’m blessed with a wonderful group of family and friends), and trust in God to give the strength necessary to keep on keeping on.

  13. Ember W

    help! How can i find relief for fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis?
    I am a 23 yr. old female and have been living with fibromyalgia and rheum. arthritis for about 2 1/2 years. It all happened after the birth of my daughter. These conditions affect my every day life so negatively that i have trouble performing the easiest tasks. I’m on multiple medicines for these conditions, but nothing eases my pain. I’m on pain relievers as well, but the barely even take the edge off. anyone else dealing with this? What should i do? pain management doc?

    1. Cindy in Texas

      I managed my chronic pain from fibromyalgia with guaifenesin for 10 years til I learned about vitamin D3. Guaifenesin is no “cure” but it does manage the pain. My theory is that the lymph fluids thicken & pool. They pool around nerves and create pressure on the nerves. Do you wake up with muscle pain that “drains away” in a few hours if you sit up but the longer you stay in bed the more pain?

      Three months ago, I started high levels of vitamin D3 for 3 weeks & became pain free. I knocked the dose down to 2000iu’s a day & a week later the pain is back. After restarting high levels, the pain is managed again. I am very hopeful that this may help improve my health.

      I personally did 30,000iu per day for a couple of months trying to refill my stores. It is highly recommended that you have your vit.D levels tested but my research shows toxicity only at outrageous, long term levels.

      Vitamin D3 deficiency is becoming an epidemic. U.S. RDA are much too low & the prescription vitamin D supplements are the wrong type (ergocalciferol ). Luckily you can buy vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) and the upper limits are extremely high. Current recommendations are for 35iu per pound – a 150# person needs minimum of 5250iu per day & the rda is 400iu. This amount is for minimal needs and does not account for depleted stores. March is when our stores are at their lowest. Low Vitamin D levels greatly increases your risk of cancer, diabetes, MS & heart attack.

      My current research is leading me to believe that fibromyalgia may actually be a thyroid problem & possibly insufficient iodine (which causes iodine problems) Iodine like guaifenesin thins the mucous membranes. Iodine unlike guaifenesin is a needed nutrient. Testing is showing that 95% of people are iodine deficient.

      My thyroid lab tests have always shown as “normal” but I have obvious symptoms of thyroid dysfunction (basal temp of 95F among many others) The basal temperature test is (in my mind) a more accurate testing of thyroid function.

      The Barnes Basal temperature test is a simple, do it yourself test, that you can do at home. It is accurate and requires nothing more than an oral thermometer. Here’s what you do. At bedtime shake down a mercury thermometer to 94F and place on the nightstand, within easy reach. DO NOT USE a DIGITAL thermometer for taking the axillary temperature because they are not as accurate. When you wake up in the morning, make sure you stay in bed quietly and take the thermometer and place it securely under your arm in your armpit. Hold it in place for ten minutes and then write down what the thermometer reads. During the ten minutes you’re waiting, take your pulse for one full minute and record what this result is also.

      Do this exact procedure each morning for several weeks. Make sure you do not get up to go to the bathroom or anything else. It must be done before you have any activity. You must be in bed for a minimum of two hours before reading your temperature and the reading will not be accurate if you move around or get up. Do not use an electric blanket or other electrical devices in your bed. Do not sleep on a waterbed to perform this test. A waterbed will elevate your temperature artificially. It has also been found that a woman’s body temperature varies with the different phases of her menstrual cycle. The second and third days of your menstrual cycle are when the most accurate/reliable temperature can be found. Therefore, it is recommended that you make note on your records with red pen on the days you were menstruating and make sure you perform your test during this week.

      If you’re basal temperature consistently runs below 97.8 or your pulse runs below 65 you may benefit from a trial period of thyroid medication

      From what I’ve read, people I’ve talked with natural thyroid hormones are more effective than synthetic.

  14. shannon

    What is a good herbal treatment for fibromyalga?
    My friend has had a severe case of this since age fifeen. She is now twenty-two and has other problems associated with this desease. If there are any good remedies out there let me know.

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