General Health Friday January 18, 2013

Rheumatoid arthritis – How to avoid aggravating your symptoms

p>Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that can cause significant pain and discomfort, because it results in fluid build-up in the joints. This means that it can affect the body all over. It’s not fully understood what exactly can cause a person to develop this incurable condition, but it can be effectively managed with the right medication. If you have this condition, it’s possible that you aren’t constantly experiencing symptoms, but there are certain times when symptoms may be worse than others. This blog explores what the main triggers for attacks of rheumatoid arthritis.

Not getting enough rest

The first think you should do when you start noticing symptoms is to rest your body, as this will give the medications you are taking more time to work. Rest will also ensure that your immune system is able to stay strong, as it can often be affected if you are over-worked or you aren’t getting enough sleep.

Not taking your medicine correctly

Medications for rheumatoid arthritis are meant to provide relief or control your condition, but not taking your medication as your doctor instructed, because you are busy, for example, can result in a flare-up. Make sure that you take your medicine as prescribed and speak to your doctor if you are finding that the medicine you are taking is causing you to experience unwanted side effects.

Stress

Stress can affect the body in many different ways and can make the body vulnerable to all sorts of different conditions. Stress can also cause you to feel tired and is normally a clear sign that you may be overdoing it, which is why taking the time to relax or meditate, can be helpful. In fact, there is research that suggests meditation can help provide pain relief caused by many different conditions, including arthritis.

Illness

If you are ill, then your immune system can be more vulnerable than usual, which can result in a flare up of symptoms.

Temperature

Although the weather can’t cause flare-ups, it may cause you to be more aware of your symptoms, for many people this is the case when the weather is humid.

If you are taking your medication as prescribed and you can’t see other reason why you may be experiencing a flare up, it could be sign that your condition may not be entirely under control and you should speak to your doctor, although you should always consult your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms you are worried about.

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