Outwardly rheumatoid arthritis is an ailment associated with joints. However reality is it falls in the group of autoimmune diseases and simply begins with joints. Further it can affect any organ of our body, for example blood vessels, eyes, lungs or heart. Amongst the numerould complications RA can create, anemia is a major one. Nearly 60 percent of persons suffering from RA experience anemia.

Anemia is an ailment in which the quantity of hemoglobin in our body decreases. Hemoglobin refers to protein which brings about provision of oxygen to all parts of our body via blood. It is the important ingredient of red blood cells and has iron. Anemia is possible to manifest for a short term or can make its presence due to certain other disease or can be a ongoing ailment too. When anemia is not so critical, signs and symptoms may not be manifested or may show mildly. But severe anemia is evident with signs and symptoms like less energy, short breath and difficulty while carrying out scheduled tasks.

The causes for the occurrence of anemia in rheumatoid arthritis patients are diverse. One of them is the inflammation which happens in rheumatoid arthritis. Usually the inflamed tissues secrete proteins that affect iron metabolism, and lower down making of bone marrow and erythropoietin. Erythropoietin is that hormone which is given out by kidneys and has control over the formation of red blood cells. Obviously process of inflammation results into diminished amount of red blood corpuscles because of which our different cells cannot have adequate oxygen and we are drained. Usually, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis there is no required iron existing. This is because of plenty factors for example menstruation, bleeding within digestive tract or complexities in obtaining iron into the red blood cells from bone marrow. Hemorrhage in digestive canal is caused owing to drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis such as NSAIDs and prednisone.

If the anemia created due to rheumatoid arthritis is left untreated there is a possibility of serious aggravation in both the conditions owing to the presence of each other. Studies make clear that people with both the conditions have crucial type of RA compared to individuals battling only RA and not having anemia. The degree of joint destruction is higher in them and they also need higher amount of anti-inflammatory drugs.

If you are suffering from RA, you have to find out whether you suffer from anemia too by talking to your healthcare provider about your blood details and changes in hemoglobin details. Symptoms are seen if the condition is moderate or severe. Symptoms consist of tiredness, weakness, pale skin, dizziness, numbness or coldness of hands and feet, difficulty while breathing, chest pain, irritability, headache and even fast heartbeat. An excellent thing is to remain in touch with your physician to detect whether anemia has made its presence.

It has been observed that the medicines brought into use for treating RA are useful in decreasing symptoms of anemia. So also medications inducing making of red blood corpuscles diminish symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis like soreness and swelling of joints. As found out by a study certain persons who were treated with a concurrent treatment for iron and inducing generation of red blood cells noticed increased quality of life and strength of muscles, and decreased fatigue.

Regarding anemia too you have to maintain contact regularly with your physician so as to make her or him figure out which therapy may benefit you for lessening your anemia.

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10 thoughts on “First Signs Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

  1. Jo

    What are some good exercises for teens with JRA?
    I’m 17 and suffer from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, I was diagnosed when I was 15 but signs show that I had it before then. I just want to know if anyone knows any good exercises for people will arthritis?

  2. Hollywood Jono

    Could this be a sign of someone having a mental breakdown?
    1.Taking two full days off of work to look at cars in the hope of purchasing a new car but never going to a car lot on either day.
    2.Having apprehension about purchasing a new car even though they want/need one over an irrational fear that something (death) may happen to them prior to the agreement being fulfilled and they won’t live long enough to pay off the car or fulfill the agreement they signed. (Person is in their early 50’s and other than rheumatoid arthritis) is relatively healthy.
    3.Getting overly emotional due to the fact that certain family members are no longer here even though if they were they’d be over 100 years old at this point.
    Most of these relatives died of old age (late 80’s and 90’s.) and some died due to heavy drug use and a refusal to quit.

  3. dispirited_princess

    Can you donate bone marrow if you have rheumatoid arthritis?
    I have rheumatoid arthritis but do not take any medicine for it(I’m personally against putting un-natural things in my body). I would like to sign up for bone marrow donation to help anyone whom I may be a match for. Can a person with RA still donate bone marrow?


  4. Anonymous

    how to get a Medical Marijuana card in Las Vegas, Nevada?
    Ok, I’m 16, and I have Scoliosis (Curvature of the spine) And RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis). I live in Oklahoma, and smoke Marijuana illegally for pain. My father and I are moving to Las Vegas soon and are tired of taking pills.He too, smokes Marijuana for a damaged knee and arthritis. How would I go about getting a MMJ card?

  5. butterflylover

    Has anyone heard of the Hallelujah diet? I understand it’s alot of fruit and veggies. Is it hard to follow?
    I’m trying to get off of medication I take for rheumatoid arthritis and a friend told me this is the way to go!! Do you juice very much of your food?? Thanks!!!

  6. whatever

    Could my wife be depressed based on the medication she is on?
    My wife has colitis and rheumatoid arthritis. She is on 2 medications that make her so awesome, it’s like she doesnt have any issue. She has been showing signs of depression that are effecting our relaitionship. She does remicade infusions every 8 weeks for the rheumatoid and once a day she takes a 50mg tab called mercaptopurine. This product is for her colitis. If anyone has input I would love to hear it.

    1. Mars Mission

      Ask your family doctor.

      Best Wishes.

      Mars Mission.

      14th Year Psychology / Counselling Student.

      4th Year Hypnotism Student.

      32 Years Qualified Automotive Tech.

  7. ElleCeleste

    How can I make an extra $50-$100 per week from home without doing MLM or networking?
    I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, so don’t have much energy to work more than an hour or two. I am good on the phone and can use a computer and internet.

  8. Teresa

    Rescued dog was used for excessive breeding; how can I help?
    I got a dog from the SPCA back in June. She is a Treeing Walker Coonhound, anywhere between 3-7 years old (her teeth are worn in the front yet she has learned well; one vet said three, one said 5-7 but could be off.) When I got her she was a stray and still nursing.

    The vet and I both agree she was used for excessive breeding and probably lived in a cage. My concern is that I believe her calcium may have been depleted and she is showing signs of arthritis in her hips. She will go for her daily walks and run at the park, but lately she hesitates at stairs and now needs me to lift her into the car. She can still jump on the bed fine as far as I see. I am just noticing the hesitation at stairs and the car. She seems more tired/lazier after her daily walk.

    My first impression is that she is showing the signs of arthritis. I am taking her to the vet but I am sure they will concur. I am not only an RN myself, but I have rheumatoid arthritis myself.

    Any insight from the PROS here? Thanks.

    1. Jennifer T

      Her problems most likely stem from a variety of issues, including the excessive breeding, as you mentioned. Most likely, she has no OFA’d dogs close up in her pedigree, which means she could be genetically predisposed to hip dysplasia. She never got much exercise, which as oyu probably know, increases bone density. She likely did not have a nutritious diet that met her needs under the stresses of pregnancy.

      Your vet may suggest supplementing calcium, or more commonly, he will prescribe medication to ease any pain she has. Rimadyl seems to be the drug of choice. He may choose to x-ray to determine the condition of her hips and confirm or rule out hip dysplasia, and to determine the degree of damage, if indeed it is present.

      Whatever the vet chooses to do, I want to say “thanks” to you for rescuing this poor dog.

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