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Living With Rheumatoid

As many of you are well aware living with rheumatoid can be painful.
Rheumatoid arthritis, RA, is a type of inflammatory arthritis that is also classified as an autoimmune disorder. This means that the nervous system sends errant messages to the immune cells to attack the body's own tissues - in this case the synovial fluid that lubricates the joints.

Symptoms of RA can be painful swelling, stiffness and deformities of the joints, most commonly in the hands, wrist and feet; typically joints on both sides of the body are effected. Treatment programs usually center on medications to control the symptoms and stop or slow the progressive joint damage; exercise may also be included to help the patient retain strength and mobility.

When you find out you have RA, you'd like to think that there are treatments and therapies than can help you manage your condition above and beyond standard care.
This is likely the case: studies have shown that there are several complementary and alternative therapies that can be effective in the treatment of RA - including tai chi, yoga, supplements or a specialized diet.

However, it is important to remember that these therapies should not be pursued as a replacement for medications and standard care. Talk with your doctor first. If you are interested in incorporating some alternative therapies into your RA treatment plan, the first step is to talk with your doctor or rheumatologist. This can help make sure you choose the safest and most effective alternative therapy to complement your regular treatment.

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