Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Rheumatoid Arthritis:Life Script

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Rheumatoid Arthritis is a very serious disease. It is more common in women but men can get it to. I have been given the opportunity to write a post on this and it hits very close to home for me. My father has rheumatoid arthritis. I see him in pain every day of his life. His hands swell up, he walks with a limp, his legs, joints and muscles ache. He has to take medicine, tons of medicine to relieve his pain because he can not afford the medicine that can help him. This is not something you can prevent. This is not something you can stop. There is no cure. I am very scared that I may get this. My chances are higher.

You might ask your self what is RA? RA is a chronic inflammatory disease in which your immune system is mistakenly attacking your joint tissue and causing pain, stiffness and inflammation. If one hand or knee if typically affected, the other one becomes so as well.

There are a variety of treatments for RA. There are medications you can take that you can get prescribed for you. You can get nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drugs or antirheumatic drugs. They can reduce the pain and inflammation. My father takes some of these but from his experience...his is still in pain and still has horrible flare ups. His immune system is horrible and has other problems due to this. You can also get the shot. Enbrel is a big one that you can get and is pretty pricey but if your insurance covers it..consider yourself lucky.

Some other things that may help you live with RA is nutrition and exercise. A targeted diet and exercise can help reduce the joint inflammation. Before starting any of this, you should ask your doctor.

This is what a set of hands look like with RA. The one on the right is the really bad.

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    1. This is a horrible condition to have! I know a few people that have this and I feel so bad for them. Great post, I enjoyed learning more information about this.

    2. Hey there. Hope you'll link up at my blog hop. Have a great weekend.

    3. That comment above... really?

      I'm sorry about your father. It sounds like such a painful condition. :(

    4. I'm sorry to hear about your dad. I bet he will really appreciate the thoughtfulness and time you put into this post

    5. So sorry to read about your dad. I am a Nurse Practitioner and have seen lots of it in practice, an awful autoimmune disease. I am a new follower, can't wait to read more. Come check me out as well =)


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