Pain is the most common symptom of arthritis of the shoulder. Often, the pain is aggravated by activity and progressively worsens. If the glen humeral shoulder joint is affected, the pain is centered in the back of the shoulder and may intensify with changes in the weather. Arthritis affects many of us and can be very painful. Some of us do not have the money to by prescription drugs. There are many things that you can do to relieve this naturally. You can first start by not eating certain foods as frequently. Potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers contain solacing an inflammatory element. If you cut back on you intake of these foods it will reduce the flare-ups.

Effects of Arthritis Pain: – Arthritis pain is passed off by many as an inconsequential pain and that it is 'only' arthritis, but those with arthritis pain know how difficult it is to live and function daily.
If you suffer from arthritis, get moving and do some exercise. Arthritis sufferers can minimize joint pain by keeping those joints moving.

Amazingly, approximately 40% of the world's population have one type of arthritis or another and as a result suffer significantly from arthritis pain. And, because of arthritis pain pharmaceutical companies sell billions of dollars each year in over the counter and prescription drugs.

Symptoms: – The preliminary symptoms for rheumatoid arthritis include swelling of the joints. At first, the delicate lining of the joints are inflamed. Gradually, the joints stiffen and turn red. You may also suffer from a low fever, loss of appetite, and/or fatigue. As the disease progresses, the synovium gradually becomes thickened.

Arthritis is a painful, potentially crippling disease associated with the joints. Arthritis causes painful swollen joints throughout the body. Arthritis doesn't just strike older people; it can happen at any age. There are many ways to naturally ease arthritis symptoms.

1. Low fever;
2. Fatigue;
3. Multiple sore or achy joints;
4. Multiple swollen or inflamed joints

How to Treat Arthritis: – On the other hand there are many foods that sooth the pain of arthritis. Cherries, blackberries, blueberries, onions, celery, cayenne pepper, and garlic are great for reducing joint irritation caused by arthritis. These will reduce the pain often associated with arthritis.

1. Vitamin Supplements: – A few vitamins that are effective in fighting arthritis include: Vitamins B5, B6, B12, C, and Vitamin K. Making these vitamins part of your daily vitamin regiment will both prevent and treat your arthritis.

2. Olive Oil Massage: – Arthritis is just one of the many ailments that Olive Oil soothes and cures. Use this treatment daily for the best results.

3. Prevention: – Prevent arthritis all together by exercising regularly and eating a healthy well balanced diet.

4. Herbal Remedy: – Head down to your local health food store and pickup a few oils extracts of herbs that are popular in treating arthritis. A few such herbs include “Devil's Claw” and Lavender.

Lower your storage areas shelves so you don't have to strain your leg joints or climb on foot stools. You can also buy a hand gripper for items that are hard to pick up.If you have to climb stairs lead with your stronger leg and on the way down lead weaker leg. If you are working outside in the yard use a stool rather then stooping over especially if you have lower back pain from arthritis.

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16 thoughts on “Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

  1. Ankush

    Arthritis cure is a end or just a start?
    As there is no medicine, no cure then what is right cure 4 arthritis wether Osteoarthritis or rheumtoid arthritis

    1. Jacob

      Unfortunately, since there is no way to reverse the way arthritis affects your body, it becomes necessary to try to keep the disease from getting worse and help learn to live with arthritis.

      Whether it is osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or any of the other 100 types, diet and exercise can often be one of the most effective treatments, as a number of studies have shown that even small amounts of low impact exercises each week can improve strength and help with arthritis pain.

      It is usually a good idea to avoid medications, especially narcotics, as they not only treat just the symptom and not the problem, but also carry with them a number of risks. For example, many medications lead to kidney failure and it is easier to hurt yourself when you are on pain medication.

      So, one of the most effective treatments, aside from diet and exercise, is learning to cope with the disease so that you can still preform important daily tasks. This usually means finding easier ways of doing the things that cause you problems. So, for example, if you have trouble carrying the dishes from the dishwasher to the cabinets, consider storing them in a lower cabinet and holding them close to your body. These types of solutions allow you to still preform the essential activities of daily living, but do so without as much risk of arthritis pain.

  2. Dennis

    Does living in a desert climates help people with Arthritis?
    Do people really get relief from arthritist when they move from Easetern states into a desert state like Nevada and Arizona?

    1. amembal4444

      No. If you mean by change of climatic conditions, then the answer is NO. Arthritis is a condition caused by the inflammation of the joints. Usually the knee joints get worn off and the fluid inside the joint capsule (synovium) and there is friction between the bones. This causes the joints to swell and inflict pain.
      Arthritis-related joint problems include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage (the tough, smooth tissue that covers the ends of the bones, enabling them to glide against one another) and surrounding structures. Such damage can lead to joint weakness, instability and visible deformities that, depending on the location of joint involvement, can interfere with the most basic daily tasks such as walking, climbing stairs, using a computer keyboard, cutting your food or brushing your teeth.

      * Vitamin C is a good home remedy for rheumatoid arthritis.
      * Bog bean is another remedy. It works as an anti-inflammatory, eating this herb or taking the herb in a supplement form can help in combating arthritis.
      * Ginger is also known for its properties in fighting joint pain and stiffness.
      * Take two teaspoons of lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey in a cup of warm water twice daily. It is highly effective for the treatment of arthritis.
      * Half teaspoon of turmeric powder taken with warm water twice a day is also beneficial in curing arthritis.
      * Drinking alfalfa tea twice daily is also helpful for the treatment of arthritis.
      * Radish juice mixed with sugar is also helpful to fight with arthritis.
      * Drinking 15 grams of fresh bathu juice daily with an empty stomach without adding any salt or sugar to it helps in reducing the symptoms of arthritis.
      * A cup of papaya seed tea taken six or seven times daily for two or three weeks gives relief in the joint pains.
      * Eat porridge of 2 teaspoonfuls of winter cherry with ghee and molasses with an empty stomach for 15 days.
      * A tablespoon of fruit pectin in a small glass of cranberry juice taken every morning gives relief.
      * A person suffering from arthritis should eliminate sugar, white flour, macaroni, pie, cake, and sweet drinks from diet.
      * A drink consisting of four raw finely sliced beets soaked in a quart of berry wine for one day. Drink one small glass of this liquid before meals, three times a day.
      * Dissolve 4 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses in one quart of cranberry juice and drink one glass everyday.
      * Two parts pure olive oil and one part kerosene makes a wonderful solution to be applied on the affected joints.
      * Add one-tablespoon cod liver oil to the juice of one orange, and drink before going to bed.
      * Rubbing the aching joints with hot vinegar before going to bed also gives relief to the pain.
      * Mix 2 tablespoons mullein, 3 of granulated slippery elm bark, one of lobelia, 1-teaspoon cayenne. Use boiling water to make paste. Spread on cloth and place on swollen joints.
      * Bake one or two egg- plants. Mash and fry in about 2 tablespoons of castor oil. Spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic and salt can be added while frying. Take once daily for two to three months for relief.
      * Another herb known as Guggulu is very helpful in curing arthritis. If available, eat half a teaspoon twice a day after meals with warm water. ·Paste of 1 teaspoon red chilies and fresh ginger mixed in half a cup of sesame oil and strain. Gently rub this oil on the affected joints. ·Camphor, wintergreen and cinnamon oils are also beneficial for external application.
      * A vegetable-juice fast significantly reduces pain for many patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Carrot juice, celery juice, cabbage juice, or tomato juice can be used
      * Application of hot packs and ice packs for 10 minutes also provides relief from joint pains.
      * Soak Spiegel seeds in water, make a paste and apply it on the joints for quick relief from pain.
      * Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation of joints. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in salmon, sardines, other oily fish, walnuts, flax, soy, olive oil, nuts, and avocados.

  3. david d

    I have rheumatoid arthritis in my finger joints can i claim disability allowance ?
    I had swelling in my finger joints 6 years ago that was bad enough that i couldnt close my hand properly and the swelling seems to come back every winter and my index finger on each hand is bent becasue of this condition now and i know it only gets worse as time goes on , Im just wondering if i should be claiming disability allowance for this as i cant get a job anyway when i put on the application that i have this joint disease i never hear anything back.

  4. Donna Bensimon

    how does juvenile rheumatoid arthiritis work?
    Ok, so i noticed my 10 month old had a swollen ankle and hasnt stood or “cruised” for a little while, after taking her to the doc, we learned she had JRA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis). She’s been on Naproxen for a lil over a week, she doesnt seem to be in pain anymore and swelling is a little better but she still isnt standing…after the inflammation fully goes away, does that mean its gone into remission?

    1. ★☆✿❀

      It’s different for everyone. Some children will go into remission, but some children wont. Has your daughter been seen by a rheumatologist? If they think she has Oligoarticular JRA then she needs to be seen by a ophthalmologist. She needs to be seen every 6 months by an ophthalmologist as young girls especially are more likely to suffer from inflammation in the eye which can cause irreversible damage.

      Some doctors have different definitions of remission. Some believe that you’re in remission if the symptoms are controlled by medication, others say you must be off medication and doing ok to be in remission. But JRA generally has a pretty good prognosis. A lot of children do go into remission, but if the symptoms aren’t controlled it can lead to joint damage which is irreversible too.

      Keep a diary of your daughter’s symptoms. If they are getting worse then you need to get back to the doctor. Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti inflammatory. It is good, but sometimes it won’t control the symptoms. There are more powerful drugs (they’re called DMARDs and bDMARDS/biologics). You don’t want to be on them unless you need to be.

      Contact the Arthritis Foundation/Society where you live. They should have information on JRA and there are often support groups for parents, siblings and for children with JRA. My symptoms didn’t start until I was 19, so technically I don’t have juvenile arthritis, but I went on a JRA camp in my area. It was really awesome, there were heaps of parents and children and people my age.

      Good luck.


    1. Minx

      hey buddy …….. how important?? i think it’s crucial ……… absolutely critical to nail food / chemical intolerances and / or allergies ….. and that’s coming from someone who they near locked up and threw away the key (after they’d slugged me to the eyeballs with toxicantipsychotics cos they couldn’t work it out) ……. and the base starting point for all my neural and digestive wild malfunctioning was fructose and lactose intolerance …… eeeew, i was existing on just that.. copious amounts of alcohol and chocolate ….. the foods and drinks you love the most are usually the ones that are causing the most drama …. total elimination of those to nasties and i’m completely symptom free …… easier to say than do i assure you ….. but hey ….. i’m living proof that the side effects produced by food and or chemical intolerances can produce symptoms covering almost the whole range of known “illnesses and diseases”……. i mean to say… good grief…. they’ve told me i was bipolar / schizophrenic, had rheumatoid arthritis, gout, an incurable insomniac ……. all of which “spontaneously healed” when i finally figured it out….. a limited choice of foods for moi ……. but i supplement with organic powdered spirulina and a chelated calcium powder and i eat fresh meats and fresh fishes and some raw nuts and seeds and some green salads and lots of celery juice and potatoes, organic rolled oats and some sour doughs and i have no symptoms of bipolar schizophrenia, arthritis, gout, temper tantrums, bizarre constipation bloating cramping, insomnia ….. none at all … i do so suffer immediately with chronic terrible debilitating fatigue, nasty arthritis, awful mood swings, horrible stomach aches and killer migraines if i so much as have a mouthfull of fructose sucrose sorbitol lactose …. s*tuffs eating or drinking from a highly refined prepackaged nutritionally void package ……. but hey, who wants to do that anyway.

      yeah buddy ….. i was eating my way to an early grave ….. and i’m so very stubborn and so willfull that i finally got what i wanted …. that’s why i put up with the nasties in here ….. cos the TruTH has to be told …. people do listen ……. people want to know how to get their bounce back.

      and the truth shall set you free hey……. gosh, never a truer word was spoken.

      peace baby

  5. Anonymous

    My Grandmother has been diagnosed with Amyloidosis, what does this mean for her and my family?
    After going to hospital numerous times due to kidney failure, heart problems and inflamed stomachs. Doctors have said that my Nan has Amyloidosis. I’ve become a bit upset as from what I have read she may not have long to live.

    What also worries me from reading on the Internet is that it might be genetic, and I fear it may be passed on to me.

    1. pecola princepessa

      *Some cases of amyloidosis are inherited.

      Primary amyloidosis. This most common form of amyloidosis can affect many areas, including your heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, nerves, intestines, skin, tongue and blood vessels. Primary amyloidosis isn’t associated with other diseases — except for multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer, in a minority of cases.

      The exact cause of primary amyloidosis is unknown, but doctors do know that the disease begins in your bone marrow. In addition to producing red and white blood cells and platelets, your bone marrow makes antibodies — proteins that protect you against infection and disease. After antibodies serve their function, your body breaks them down and recycles them. Amyloidosis occurs when cells in the bone marrow produce antibodies that can’t be broken down. These antibodies then build up in your bloodstream. Ultimately, they leave your bloodstream and can deposit in your tissues as amyloid, interfering with normal function.
      * Secondary amyloidosis. This form occurs in association with chronic infectious or inflammatory diseases, such as tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis or osteomyelitis, a bone infection. It primarily affects your kidneys, spleen, liver and lymph nodes, though other organs may be involved. Treatment of the underlying disease may help stop progression of this form of amyloidosis.
      * Hereditary (familial) amyloidosis. As the name implies, this form of amyloidosis is inherited. This type often affects the liver, nerves, heart and kidneys.
      * Medicines. Therapies include melphalan (Alkeran), a chemotherapy agent also used to treat certain types of cancer, and dexamethasone, a corticosteroid used for its anti-inflammatory effects. Researchers are investigating other types of chemotherapy regimens for amyloidosis. Several medications that are used in the treatment of multiple myeloma are being tested to see if they’re effective in treating amyloidosis. These include bortezomib (Velcade), thalidomide (Thalomid), and a thalidomide derivative called lenalidomide (Revlimid). These drugs may be used alone or in combination with dexamethasone. Ask your doctor what clinical trials may be available to you. Anyone undergoing chemotherapy for amyloidosis may experience side effects similar to those of chemotherapy for cancer treatment, such as nausea, vomiting, hair loss and extreme fatigue.
      * Peripheral blood stem cell transplantation. Peripheral blood stem cell transplantation involves using high-dose chemotherapy and transfusion of previously collected immature blood cells (stem cells) to replace diseased or damaged marrow. These cells may be your own (autologous transplant) or from a donor (allogeneic transplant). Autologous transplant is the preferred approach. Not everyone is a candidate for this aggressive treatment, and it has serious risks, including death. In some research, results from stem cell transplants have been promising, although more recent research suggests that overall survival rates are better for those given chemotherapy compared with stem cell transplantation. Discuss the potential risks and benefits of this treatment with your doctor.

      Treating secondary amyloidosis
      If you have secondary amyloidosis, the primary goal of therapy is to treat the underlying condition — for example, taking an anti-inflammatory medication for rheumatoid arthritis.

      Treating hereditary amyloidosis
      For hereditary amyloidosis, one possible therapy may be liver transplantation because the protein that causes this form of amyloidosis is made in the liver.

      Treating complications
      Because amyloidosis can cause a number of complications, you may also need treatment for those specific conditions, based on your signs and symptoms and affected organs.

      For example, if amyloidosis affects your heart or kidneys, you may be asked to follow a low-salt diet to control fluid retention. Or your doctor may prescribe diuretics and other medications. In some cases, your doctor might prescribe medication for pain control.

      If any of your organs are severely damaged from amyloid deposits, you may need an organ transplant. Although such a transplant won’t cure you because amyloid deposits will likely collect in the new organ as well, a transplant could prolong your life.

  6. Raed

    is it better for patient with rheumatoid arthritis to keep thier hands warm or cold?
    my mom suffers from Rheumatoid arthritis and it’s a bit cold these days where I live, so she’s asks me which is better( to keep her hands warm or cold) and I usually tell her which ever feels better but I’m not sure. I’m no expert in autoimmunity but here’s what I think
    1- if your hands are warm, there’s more blood and a better circulation but
    2- if ur hands are cold, less blood flowing and less self antibodies and other inflammatory agents….so it sound like it would alleviate the symptoms a bit.

  7. Still Standing

    Is anyone on here living with arthritis?
    I am 25 years old and was just recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in both knees. I am finding myself to be very depressed because of this. I am constantly in pain and I am finding everyday movements to be a struggle for me… can someone give me some advice to make my life better while living with this horrible disease.

    1. sunshine

      I’m 14 and was diagnosed 3 months ago… Arthritis sucks. The pain, the tiredness, the immobility! I have it in virtually all of the joints in my body and am having trouble adjusting to the limitations. However, good days are amazing and help you appreciate the small things. I know that seems silly because the flares are terrible and no one in their right mind would want this disease–matter of fact most people don’t know what this disease even is. But this is something that we’ll both get through and get used to–which is horrible in itself. I can say though, hot baths feel very good on swollen joints and i imagine swimming pools do as well. Talking to people about it also helps, although its hard for them to understand the toothache-like pain in the joints plus the flu-like symptoms. Thankfully, there are medicines out there that do help, even though they’re scary themselves.

  8. Rebecca

    What does rheumatoid arthritis feel like?
    My docter and I both think I have ra,were just waiting until I can see a rheumatologist for there opinion. I was just wondering what the pain of ra feels like. My joints are either stabbing,throbbing, and sometimes in my shoulders or knuckles it’ll be burning. Is this ra?
    I’m sorry for any spelling mistakes I’m on my iPod. It’s hard to type on this little keyboard.

  9. Mrs P

    Is there a connection between different illnesses and conditons?
    I’ve had a few health problems recently and have seen my doctor about them (psoriasis, acne rosacea, a suspected stomach ulcer, and suspected rheumatoid arthritis) so I am seeing the relevant specialists and have appropriate creams etc. But I did wonder, are they linked?
    I read an article which said that many people who had the Helicobacter pylori which caused their ulcers, also had acne rosacea. Are there any other links, and if so, what can I do to aid my recovery?

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