Pain of Having Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)  

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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is very common to women but in our family my father was diagnosed at the age of 58. RA is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. This can cause tenderness, swelling, stiffness and deformity of many joints of the body. I researched what is mainly the cause of RA and I found out that the main cause is still unknown. Some experts say that RA is genetically inherited and some assumed that certain factors in the environment may trigger the immune system to strike the body’s own tissues, causing soreness in various organs of the body.

It is sad to know that there is no cure for RA and in order to reduce the pain you can take some medication. In my father’s case he was advised by his doctor to take Celebrex. He is having discomfort and inflammation in his knee joints. It just ripped my heart apart to see how my father suffered with this disease sometimes and he could not walk properly and just stayed home if the pain is so severe. When he sleeps, he typically needs to shift from side to side in bed because his knee joints become stiff and sore when he stays on one side for over an hour. He usually experiences stiffness in the morning and is so cautious to stand slowly so as not to trigger the pain.

RA has no cure. But early aggressive treatment of RA can aid to manage the disease and better control stiffness and weariness. Aside from Celebrex the doctor also told us that other medications like Enbrel, Arencia, Humira, and Remicade are also possible alternative medications. It is important to talk with your doctor to know what medication is more suitable for you.


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Hi Ness! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a terrific weekend. :)

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