Cure For Rheumatism

Many people who are seeking for a cure for rheumatism do not realize that this word does not refer to a specific disease. Instead, it is a non-specific term that refers to several areas of the body, including the lungs, heart, bones, skin, kidneys, or joints. The term is no longer used in medical language, but is understood in a colloquial way to refer to a range or problems, most commonly referring to arthritis. Therefore, rheumatism treatment can only be diagnosed when the patient has determined the specific places where the pain or tenderness is located, and then diagnostic tests can be ordered that narrow down the symptoms to a certain area of the body and a certain disease. Rheumatistic ailments are often also called regional pain syndrome or soft-tissue rheumatism. Historically, the condition has been linked to the weather, with those who sufferer from the illness claiming that the increase and decrease of pain can predict changes in weather. Studies have shown that this many times is true. When the barometric pressure rises, leading to clear skies, discomfort lessens; when the barometric pressure decreases, giving rise to cold, wet weather, discomfort increases. This means that when the barometric pressure begins to change, even before the weather turns cold and wet, the arthritis suffer can sense that change.

When searching for a cure for rheumatism, the first step is to determine the type of arthritis. These are some of the common types of arthritis: rheumatoid , osteoarthritis, juvenile, psoriatic, reactive, and infectious arthritis, along with gout and pseudogout. Each of these diseases affects different parts of the body and requires different types of treatment. But rheumatic disease can be a term that applies to any of them. Rheumatic disease can also be associated with rheumatic fever, strep throat and other conditions that cause pain and weakness. Other rheumatic diseases include lupus, fibromyalgia, and tendonitis. Along with rheumatoid arthritis, these conditions are autoimmune disorders, where the immune system attacks other parts of the body, causing damage to joints, muscles, and body organs. Because these conditions also involved pain and weakness, many people associated them with rheumatic illnesses. But each of these syndromes have different causes and therefore separate treatments. Bursitis and carpal tunnel syndrome have also been lumped into the same category because of the pain suffered in soft tissues. Bursitis is an inflammation of sacs that protect joint and muscles; whereas carpal tunnel is caused by repetitive motion, often in joints like the wrist. Another condition which has been linked to the many rheumatic type of diseases is temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ). This is pain in the jaws, sometimes accompanied by popping and clicking when moving the jaws.

The most common reference to this disease is to rheumatoid arthritic, which is a chronic disease in which the lining of the joints becomes inflamed, and may lead to long-term damage to the joint and disfigurement without rheumatism treatment. There is no cure for this ailment. And those who suffer from this problem may find that the disease sometimes progresses quickly, but then other times, may also seem like it is arrested. Millions of people suffer from this disease, which has no known cure. However, the invention of new types of drugs has helped people to slow down the progress of the damage to joints, and to alleviate the pain associated with the damage to the body. Yet flare-ups can occur at any time leading to loss of movement. Many patients also endure high medical costs, a decreasing ability to work, and perhaps even surgery to repair the damage. Osteoarthritis in another condition for which people commonly search for a cure for rheumatism. This is essentially a condition of wear and tear on the joints, causing inflammation and damage when the body's cartilage breaks down. This condition has been recorded as long as historical records have been kept. Archaeologists have found evident or osteoarthritis in skeletons as old as the ice age. The Bible tells us in its first book, Genesis, that two of the patriarchs of the Christian and Jewish faith, suffered from aging. "Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age." Likely, they had some form of osteoarthritis. So this is one of the oldest illnesses known to mankind. Obviously, age plays as big part in the progress of this condition. Other causes for the condition are obesity, injury, and the family genetics. Many professional athletes find themselves battling osteoarthritis at an early age because of the overuse they had made of their bodies.

One common rheumatism treatment involves over-the-counter medications, such as NSAIDs. (This term denotes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.) Some of these are aspirin and ibuprofen. These medicines do have side effects, such as stomach upset and bleeding of the stomach. But these drugs are effective in alleviating the inflammation, fever, and the pain of these diseases by blocking hormone-like substances. Cox-2 inhibitors are another type of medication that can be used as a cure for rheumatism. These are prescription medications, and they are less likely to injure the stomach than the over-the-counter medicines. However, some of these medications were recently removed from the market when they were found to have side effects that damaged the heart and serious skin reactions. Salicylates, which also include aspirin, are another class of medicine for rheumatism treatment. The types of salicylates that do not involve aspirin do not have the benefits to the heart that low doses of aspirin do. Caution is advised for people who are taking these treatments on a regular basis.

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