Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disorder for which there is no known cure. Fortunately in the last few years, a shift in strategy toward the earlier institution of disease modifying drugs and the availability of new classes of medications have greatly improved the outcomes that can be expected by most patients. The goal of treatment now aims toward achieving the lowest possible level of arthritis disease activity and remission if possible, the minimization of joint damage, and enhancing physical function and quality of life. The optimal treatment of RA requires a comprehensive program that combines medical, social, and emotional support for the patient. It is essential that the patient and the patient's family be educated about the nature and course of the disease. Strategies are all aimed at reducing pain and discomfort, preventing deformities and loss of joint function, and maintaining a productive and active life. Inflammation must be suppressed and mechanical and structural abnormalities corrected or compensated by assistive devices. Treatment options include medications, reduction of joint stress, physical and occupational therapy, and surgical intervention.

What causes joint swelling in Rheumatoid Arthritis?
To understand the cause of joint swelling in Rheumatoid Arthritis, let us first understand the structure of a synovial joint. A joint is made up of two bones. It is lined on the inner side by a protective lining called the synovium. This synovium is the target of immune attack & gets swollen. To begin with the swelling is mild. Hence it is not very obvious from outside. HOwever, it does cause pain & stiffness of the joint. Later, as the swelling increases, it becomes clearly visible externally as well.

What causes deformities in Rheumatoid Arthritis?
The swollen synovium in Rheumatoid Arthritis has destructive potential. If not teated, it begins damaging the underlying bones. This damage involving the bones and surrounding muscles leads to deformities.

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What are the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis commonly affects the joints of the hands (knuckles and the first joint of the fingers). It also affects the small joints of the feet. The wrist, elbow, shoulder, knee and ankle can also be affected.

Initially, a person may not experience obvious swelling in the said joints. However, there is pain & stiffness of these joints early in the morning. The stiffness settles after a hot water bath or as the joints are used. Later, as the arthritis progresses, the swelling becomes obvious.

Non-pharmacological methods of treatment that are popular and in fact recommended by many health care practitioners would include physical therapy and occupational therapy. In addition lifestyle changes will also be necessary. Natural methods may not always work as an alternative treatment, but they are very effective as a supplement to conventional treatment.
Your diet and physical therapy shall form the most important aspects of treatment:

1. Avoid consuming meats as far as possible, as well as other foods high in protein. A high carb diet would be more advisable.
2. Milk and milk products should also be eliminated from the diet.
3. Avoid using hydrogenated oils or polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, as well as products made with these ingredients.
4. Try and consume freshly ground flaxseeds, walnuts, and cold water fish, as they are good sources of omega 3 fatty acids.

1. Exercise here is not aimed solely at physical fitness. It should be directed towards maintaining the range of motion, enhancing strength and mobility, improving your over all health and feelings of well being.
2. Light aerobic exercise, or swimming can be very beneficial.
3. Yoga is possibly the best fitness discipline as it will not just focus on physical fitness. In the context of physical fitness too however it trumps other methods because of the emphasis on gradual gentle movements that focus on strength, endurance, and flexibility.

1. It's important that you relax and do not get overcome with stress. Here again yoga comes in very handy. Other relaxation techniques and meditation can also be used.
2. Try to follow a disciplined and organized routine.

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29 thoughts on “What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

  1. olivella

    is reflexology triggering off flare ups of my rheumatoid arthritis?
    after my last two sessions of reflexology, which I enjoy so so much, i feel well on the day of the treatment but by the next day, I am experiencing stiffness and pain very like a flare-up of my rheumatoid arthritis. Does anyone else experience similar symptoms? would I be better just enjoying a neck or back massage, or perhaps Indian head massage?

    1. Ali

      It is possible because it triggers responses via pressure points. The best thing for rheumatoid arthritis is gentle and frequent exercise. Massage, and/or manipulation can aggrevate or exacerbate certain type of arthritis. Check with your specialist first.

  2. Squeeeza

    can anyone tell me more about a product called reliv?
    I have heard this is successful in helping symptoms os rheumatoid arthritis. I have a friend recently diagnosed with RA and has been looking for natural remedies to help with the joint pain. Has anyone tried it?

    1. Crazy Cat Lady

      I own a health and nutrition business and have taught fitness.
      When I was first told about Reliv, I was very concerned that it might be a scam and spent three months researching it before I would let my friend talk to me about it, as I was afraid he might be getting himself into something where he might get hurt. Here is what I found.
      Reliv is a nutritional supplement which the body interprets as food – what they call optimal nutrition. It is in a powder form, but taken as a liquid, and 98% of it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream within just a few minutes minutes of ingestion when taken correctly. This company holds, I believe, 5 or 6 United States patents on their products, of the 13 that the US patent office has issued on food products in their entire history for all companies combined. Basically, the FDA says that in food supplements, only 30% of what they say on the bottle is in the product actually has to be in the product when sold, and of that, usually only 30% or less is actually absorbed into the body. With a US patent on the product however, that means that 100% of what they say is in the product actually has to be in the product – and you have the added benefit of 98% of that being delivered to the bloodstream within a very short period of time. Additionally, to have that patent, they have to prove that what they have is different and unique from anything else on the market, and they have to prove that it works – although the company itself makes no health claims, because the body is the miracle, and when you deliver optimal nutrition to the body, the body knows itself what to do with that nutrition.
      Because of the way it has been developed, with a perfect balance, bioavailability and synergy, and because the body recognizes it as food, and not just as a “salad of vitmins” that someone put together, (or a “juice” it has a much better chance of giving the body it’s best chance at optimal health. I am not trying to make health claims here – and the company makes no health claims – but when you put the right things into the body, the body knows what to do with it!
      The Reliv company – a food science company – is a 21 year old company with an excellent business reputation, and which has never had a lawsuit. They produce high quality products, are listed on the NASDAQ, and have been recognized by major publications such as Fortune, Forbes, Business Week and Success From Home as one of the top 100 best run businesses, and one of the top 100 hot growth companies. They are sold in 15 countries.
      I have taken this supplement for a while now with excellent results. Debilitating carpal tunnel and painful joint issues in my left hand have completely disappeared; my husband, who thought he was going to have ANOTHER surgery in his shoulder instead avoided having to have it and is now pain free; my 85 year old mother in law, who had severe arthritis in her hands, is also pain free and her cholesterol has come down 64 points in since November 2007. My son uses this product for his athletic training and has reported increased energy and stamina.
      Interestingly enough, while vitamin supplements – even your children’s Flinstone vitamins – all have health warnings on them, Reliv products are so safe that they carry no health warnings, are given even to babies in their bottles and in feeding tubes for people in the hospital with no adverse effects. There is nothing I have seen for kids safer nor more easily assimilated into their bodies than these products.
      I’ve been trying various supplements for over 35 years, and have never seen anything that has given us the life changing results that these supplements have. If someone is talking to you about them, I hope you will give them your ear and let them connect you to some people who can share their testimonies with you. Doing so, by the way, is the best way you can investigate Reliv, because you are talking to real people, not just some recording or something written on a website, and so you can hear real experiences and ask questions directly from them.
      We have been delighted with what these products have done for us and never want to be off them!
      By the way, as an FYI, the gentleman who started this company had degrees in bacteriology, and immunology and was confined to a wheelchair because of back injuries incurred when he was shot down at the end of WWII. He was given pain killers and told that he would be in that wheelchair for the rest of his life. He worked with the World Health Organization in South America during an outbreak of bovine mastitis and while every other scientist was looking at the sick cells to find out how to handle this disease, this doctor took a different view: what makes a healthy cell healthy – and what makes a healthy cell stay healthy. His discoveries led to a complete eradication of bovine mastitis in South America – an accomplishment for which he was widely recognized. From there, he decided that that research ab

  3. sheila s

    Anyone taking Humira for treatment Rheumatoid Arthritis?
    I suffer from Rheumatoid arthritis and have several medicatins, one of which is Humira. I have taken this for 6 months. Has anyone taken this medication and had improvement in their illness? Also did anyone taking humira have suffered side affects? Any tips and info on other treatments would be very welcome.

    1. ~RedBird~

      Not Humira, but my spouse has taken Remicade infusions previously. The Remicade is only taken once every 4-6 weeks via an IV infusion that lasts about 2-3 hours. Side effects: WICKED! After a treatment, he was nauseous for several days, sometimes up to 2 weeks, joint aches & pains, flu-like symptoms, redness and swelling of the face, loss of appetite. His rheumatologist wants him to begin the treatments again, but we’re concerned about the side effects. Sorry I don’t have more info to share. Good luck to you.

  4. Kavi

    Is it possible that people with no swelling in their joints to have rheumatoid arthritis?
    Do all the people who has been diagnosed for rheumatoid arthritis had swelling in some of their joints?

    1. cindyj

      No. It is the general rule, but not always. Over 80% of juvenile cases don’t.
      “Less than 20% of juvenile rhumatoid arthritis cases begin with fever and swelling in the joints, arthritis rash, swollen lymph nodes, GIT or gastrointestinal track disease, liver disease (non-infectious hepatitis), and a swollen spleen.

      For these children, flu-like symptoms may precede the onset of the arthritis for months to years.

      The child’s temperature may spike just over 100 F once or twice daily, often in the late afternoon or evening and then it quickly returns to normal. Chills are common. These children can be apparently well between attacks of fever.”

      And adults can have rheumatoid arthritis a long time before swelling appears. “For most people, joint symptoms develop gradually

  5. Wisen Smart

    Why does every single part of my skeleton hurt so much?
    Specially my shoulder ,arm, hips, legs and feet. I am getting checked for rheumatoid arthritis, are these the symptoms?

  6. A

    Is rheumatoid arthritis a general topic?
    I’m doing a research project on rheumatoid arthritis and I want to know if it is a general topic. Is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis a more narrowed down topic?

    1. ★☆✿❀

      Arthritis is a general topic. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a specific topic, but you can get more specific from there, i.e. treatment, symptoms, causes.

      Juvenile IDIOPATHIC Arthritis, which is a distinctly different condition than Rheumatoid Arthritis is not any more narrowed down. It’s just another condition. JIA is not the ‘kid version’ of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s a completely different condition.


  7. Larli xx

    How to stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?
    How to stop symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in finger/s?
    My mum have one finger which is moving towards her little finger (ulnar deviation) and it is swollena nd painful. Any ideas?

    Natural Remedies would be good, because it’s probably not bad enough to get prescribed drugs. xx

    1. Matachilangos

      There is a direct relationship between the tremendous stress of self-hatred and all autoimmune diseases. The person is afraid of themselves. They just don’t want to face themselves. Out of that comes self-hatred, out of that comes guilt, out of that comes conflict that causes the white corpuscles to attack the connective material of the bones, eat at it and produce rheumatoid arthritis.

      Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
      If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that

      when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain,
      and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

  8. luffjm34

    What autoimmune disorder would cause these symptoms for so many years?
    -Extreme Fatigue
    -Never feel rested after sleep
    -Stomach problems (gas, cramps)
    -Low body temperature
    -raised SED rate/C Reactive protein

    I have tested negative for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Celiac’s and my thryoid number was a little off, but not out of the lab’s normal range. These symptoms have been for EIGHT YEARS.

    1. Anonymous

      Are you on a gluten-free diet? If not, consider doing this, and after 3 or so months, get all of your blood levels tested again. Celiac tests are notorious for providing false negatives, and the symptoms of Celiac disease can disguise themselves as a number of things, including cancer.

      I tested negative as a Celiac, but after the 1st month on a strict gluten-free diet, I noticed huge changes in my state of health. It was like I had a new lease on life. By 3 months, my thyroid was normal again and I have so much more energy.

      Good luck on your quest for health.

  9. Gopolang Mathaila

    Is arthritis curable. How would you know when you are diagnosed with arthritis and what type do you have?
    Tell me about rheumatoid arthritis, what are symptons and what can you do to treat it, more especially in winter.

    1. Kerry

      There are two types of arthiritis.

      1) Osteoarthiritis- wear and tear of the cartilage (cartilage is like a cover, it allows the bones in joint to slide past one another without grinding the bones together)

      2) Rheumatoid Arthiritis- this is a disease cause by you’re own immune system.

      Rheumatoid arthirtis is believed to be triggered by an infection. On the bacteria that caused the infection are sequences which antibodies recognise. To fight the infection the antibodies increase in number and suppress the disease. By chance, the subunit on the bacteria that the antibodies recognise may be very similar to a subunit that makes up your bone. So, because of the increased number of antibodies, your body attacks the bone believing it is the bacterial infection leading to bone degradation.

      Symptoms- inflammation and swelling of the joints. stiffness. Gentle excersise in the morning can relieve these symptoms if the disease is in it’s early form.

      Treatment- there is no cure, however use of anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce swelling and discomfort. Physical therapy and joint replacement surgery are also options.

  10. Rebecca

    can you have rheumatoid arthritis without it showing up in blood work?
    I have rheumatoid arthritis like symptoms, but have a lot of blood work and nothing shows up. Is it possible it not be in the blood. It hasn’t been a year yet, it started about June or July sometime around there. I am 14 if that means anything. I have also been diagnosed with fabry disease, both clinically and genetically.

    1. Jacob

      In short yes.

      Arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, is difficult to diagnose, because there is not a single test that works for everyone. There are also a number of other conditions and factors that can explain differences in blood test results, so even if you show a high C-Reactive Protein Levels, for example, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have arthritis.

      Since there is no single test, doctors usually preform a number of different tests, as well as looking at the symptoms of the patient. In many cases, it also isn’t that they are testing for arthritis specifically, but rather that they are testing for other similar conditions to rule them out.

      As far as your age goes, people of all ages can develop arthritis, but it is more common among the elderly. However, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis does occur.

  11. huntertristan

    Would drinking multiple cups of tea seriously affect symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
    I’m always telling my mother to cut down on tea drinking as she has about fifteen or twenty cups of tea per day… even getting a cup before going to bed! Her rheumatoid arthritis in her feet has been getting worse and I believe that drinking so much tea is partly to blame. Am I right here or is her habitual tea drinking irreverent to this problem? thanks if you can help!

    1. Saraa

      Yes it does since drinking caffeince causes BONE LOSS and WEAK BONES AND LEADS TO BONE PROBELEMS!! and since she already has a problem its going make it worse not a few cups but amount she is drinking!! yes it will partly. check on google it says ‘Related Bone Disease Associated With Habitual Tea Consumpution!!!!’ and much more info check for more and reasearch whatever you want its relly helpful and tell ur mummy to cut down please!! only if she wants to get better also eat well vitamins and lots or green!!:) hope she gets better soon! 🙂 xxx

  12. Lauren

    I’m 22 years old diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis – Is this you too?
    I’m 22 years old and was recently diagnosed with secondary Sjogren’s syndrome with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Is anyone else out there like this? I’ve had symptoms for nearly a decade, and have not started official medication yet. I’m finding it so hard to exercise as fatigue drains every bit of energy I have. Is it normal to have excessive fatigue with RA? It’s been really hard for me to cope with this, seeing as how its so rare for someone my age, and I’m just looking for some support.

    Any words of advice are greatly appreciated!

  13. Joyce

    What are some good natural remedies to help stop the progression of arthritis?
    I’m not sure what kind of arthritis I have. I always assumed that it was osteoarthritis because I don’t have any disfigured joints. However, after reading more about rheumatoid arthritis, I wonder if I have that. My joints all over are stiff and achy and my fingers are puffy. I heard that fish oil is good. How much of this can I safely take? What about other supplements? Thanks!

    1. Extreme Dude

      Natural remedies for arthritis offer a real alternative for people who desire to avoid the potential side effects of over-the-counter as well as prescription anti-inflammatory drugs such as Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra and others. Sometimes the side effects of drugs can be worse than the original symptoms. For example, Vioxx and Bextra, were pulled from the market due to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and lethal skin conditions.

      The most attractive consideration of many natural arthritis remedies is that they are safe, and have not been shown to cause any strange side effects, like some of those caused by pharmaceuticals.

      Here are five of the more popular natural remedies for arthritis:

      1) Glucosamine & Chondroitin are two of the more popular arthritis relief supplements. These are found naturally in the body, and as a supplement, they can aid in promoting good joint health and reliable joint repair.

      2) MSM is a naturally occurring sulfur compound that behaves as an anti-inflammatory. MSM can reduce swelling in the same way that many arthritis medications are designed to do, but without the side effects of putting pharmaceutical chemicals into your body.

      3) Manganese is an important antioxidant nutrient that has been shown to facilitate enzymes and slow the aging process. It is useful in the effective treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

      4) Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) has been shown to be effective in the maintenance of the integrity of cells and tissues, which will slow the progression of arthritis in most people.

      5) Turmeric and Ginger Extract are two powerful anti-inflammatory herbal extracts that have been shown to be more effective than NSAIDs in the treatment of the rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.

      These natural arthritis remedies offer lots of hope and promise for the relief of the painful symptoms of arthritis. Recent medical scientific studies have suggested that each of these five remedies work well alone, but work better when used in tandem.

  14. Ghost

    where are the best places to live having Rheumatoid?
    I have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the flare-ups can be pretty painful and difficult especially during the change in weather. I live in Chicago, and is looking to move to a place where the weather isn’t too cold or too hot. Any ideas?

    1. AuntKatie

      Many people I know who have arthritis winter in either southern Texas or Arizona. The cost of living is low and the weather is dry and comfortable and seems to ease the symptoms of arthritis.

  15. Candice M

    What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?
    I have a moderate case of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and have been on pretty strong medications for it since I was 2 years old. I currently have a 3 1/2 month old and am breast feeding so I can not take any medication. I am in a lot of pain but do not want to sacrifice the breast feeding so I am looking for another option. Example: a special diet or anything???

  16. nkmsh

    What is your opinion in using Minocin as a medicaion to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
    What is your opinion in the adoption of Minocin as a drug to stop the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?And for how long can a patient tolerate this medication..

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