Suggestions To Reduce Arthritis Inflammation & Pain
“arthritis” is not a single disease; Arthritis is an informal way of referring to more
than 100 types of joint diseases that affect 53 million adults and 300,000 children
in the U.S. A disease, that is more complicated and more varied than we can even
Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. It comes in
different forms and affect different people in different ways.
What is common inmost forms of arthritis if not all is the awful inflammation & stiffness of the joints. The swelling can happen for two key reasons. One: the synovium which is the
lining of the joint, swells ( called synovitis) or the synovial fluid increases in volume
(an effusion -an escape of fluid into a body cavity ). “ The type of joint swelling can
vary depending on the type of arthritis you have. “ “ Stiffness following exercise
is usually a feature of osteoarthritis “
There is a link at the bottom of this article to see all the different types of arthritis.
There is also a link for tools and resources !
itis ? What is it ? ....It means inflammation !
So any word you see with itis on the end of it means that part that is in front of “itis” has inflammation. For example: “colitis is literally colon inflammation or figuratively
inflammation of the colon.” So attaching the ending “itis” to the word colon indicates
inflammation to a specific part of the body ( bronchitis, tonsillitis, appendicitis)...
Some people feel and have symptoms for months and some just have
continuing problems that just get worse with time, they have a flare up... and
then some people have very few or no symptoms at all.And some have remission...
....There are many forms of arthritis !
And if you have any of them ( which most of us do ) you cringe at the sound of the
word. It’s painful and interferes with your daily life. There are different
drugs/medications out there but I try to use as many natural remedies as possible.
It’s up to you how you handle your arthritis...This article is not to give medical advice.
Always seek the help of a doctor when needed.
Osteoarthritis Apps ! Here is a link for some apps that may be very useful
for those with osteoarthritis !
“ Osteoarthritis (OA) “Osteoarthritis (OA) is a form of degenerative joint pain
caused by wear and tear on your joints. As you age, the cartilage that cushions
your joints starts to wear down, causing the bones to rub together.
The bone-on-bone action leads to inflammation of the joints. “usually occurs due
to wear and tear, injury or both. The most commonly affected joints are the lower
back, hips, knees and feet. Although inflammation is not a main symptom of
osteoarthritis, it can occur in the joint lining in response to the cartilage breakdown.
Morning stiffness may be severe but is usually brief – less than 30 minutes, that
occurs after waking up in the morning or a period of rest. Joint redness,
warmth and swelling are usually minimal. “
“ Psoriatic arthritis, joint pain is usually associated with swelling and redness in
the knees, ankles, fingers, and toes. Some people with psoriatic arthritis also
have neck and/or back pain, along with stiffness that can limit movement.
The disease can also include swelling of fingers and/or toes that gives them a
“sausage-like” appearance. Silver or gray dry, scaly spots on the scalp, elbows,
knees and/or the lower end of the backbone with flaking skin can be associated
with PA, as can small depressions in the fingernails and/or toenails, and/or
detachment of nails. “
“ Lupus -SLE-systemic lupus erythematosus In an arthritis-related disease called
systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, or commonly called lupus), the immune system
attacks itself causing swelling and pain. Most individuals with lupus have rashes,
swollen joints, fever and feel fatigued. Sometimes weight loss and hair loss in spots
or around the hairline occurs.
With Arthritis comes swelling,inflammation, redness, pain & stiffness...Joints usually
warm & tender to the touch, and sometimes even nausea,.. RA can also affect a joint
in your voice box. It can make your voice hoarse. You may also get what is called
They are bumps under the skin. Most of the time they aren’t
painful and move easily when you touch them ( the tendons in your hand, underside
of the forearm , the elbows, the Achilles tendon, back of the head, base of the spine,
“ RA can damage your lungs or inflame the lining around them. This is called pleurisy.
This may not cause symptoms. But you might notice shortness of breath. Your doctor
can treat it with drugs that ease the inflammation in the lungs. “ “ RA can also inflame
the lining around your heart (called pericarditis) or your heart muscle
(called myocarditis). You probably wouldn’t notice symptoms from that. There’s a
chance you could feel shortness of breath or chest pain. “ “ RA can also effect your
eyes...the most common problems for the eyes are Cataracts, Dry eye syndrome,
Scleritis...And the drugs used for RA can affect the organs, liver and kidneys.
And also a condition called Sjogren’s syndrome that dries out moist places in your
body like your eyes, mouth, and inside your nose (the mucous membranes).
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can affect any joint in your body . It’s an immune system
disorder in which the body attacks itself, and especially the joints. With Rheumatoid
arthritis the same joints are usually affected on both sides of your body & the finger
s eventually become Misshaped/deformed in the joints, fatigue, pain and stiffness
that last for more than an hour when you wake up. And for some numbness and
tingling of the hands. “
And when the inflammation stops you from moving your joints, the attached muscles can get weak. Or you could get a condition called myositis that weakens them. The medications you take for RA can also be to blame.”
“Nerves: RA causes symptoms that range from numbness and tingling to paralysis and sudden death. It can result from joint damage that RA causes, the disease process itself, or medications that treat it.”
“Blood vessels: RA can cause inflammation of your blood vessels. It shows up as spots
on the skin that look like ulcers.”
Regular exercise is suggested and very important to make your hands and fingers
more flexible. But you also need to rest painful joints. Squeezing a soft foam ball is
suggested by doctors & physical therapists..Squeeze and release and relax the hands.
There are different tools,gadgets and devices that can be helpful...I found that pens
and pencils were hard to hold without pain so I found some of those rubber grips
that slip over pens and pencils ! And if you have a hard time turning door knobs put
something on the doorknob that helps make it easier for you to turn the doorknob...
Something that let’s you grip it better ! I many times use the wide rubber bands on
lot’s of things ! I use them on doorknobs, jars and small bottles, anything that I need
a good grip on.
Also for doors I use a washcloth, I place the washcloth in the door
opening between the door and the opening where the handle is so the latch does
not actually go into the latch opening. That way the door opens with ease but it also
stays closed ! I use to have a nice set of heavy, cast iron cooking pans and I had to
give them away and get a lighter weight pan set and also cook in smaller amounts
because lifting hurt my arthritic hands....
A few people told me they use touch lamps because it hurt to bad to even turn
the switch on the table lamps..
“Hand exercises can help strengthen the muscles that support the hand joints.
Which may help you perform hand movements with less discomfort. Movement
can also help to keep ligaments and tendons flexible, which can help improve range
of motion and hand function. Exercise can help increase the production of
synovial fluid, which can also improve joint function. “ Some great exercises can
be found at this link !
I use heat & ice to get some relief from swelling, pain & stiffness ! Moist heat
seems to really help. I use my “Comfy Cozy Heat Pac” and a long shower with
hot water beating on my hands, elbows and other needed areas like my lower back.
As far as ice ( Cold has always hurt my joints) but ice packs do helps relieve the
swelling in my arthritic areas. Some people find alternating heat and cold works
for them, so just see what works for you.
For many forms of arthritis you may also find relief by:
- massaging the affected areas
- applying a hot or cold compress to reduce swelling, hot shower on sore areas
- wearing hand splints to help stabilize and protect your wrist and fingers
- taking regular breaks when typing or writing
- performing hand and wrist exercises to help stretch and strengthen the muscles
SOURCES: These websites are a great source of information !