How to Reverse Rheumatoid Arthritis


Rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic condition, brings with it very uncomfortable symptoms, including pain, joint swallowing and stiffness and general crankiness. People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis have difficulties completing elementary movements such as grabbing an object or climbing stairs. Rheumatoid arthritis causes joint damage, but you can slow the process with proper treatment. You can find rheumatoid arthritis medication available on the market, but it treats only the symptoms of the condition and has side effects. Only take medication prescribed by your doctor and don’t change your treatment without consulting with your physician.

1. Rheumatoid arthritis medication should have both anti-inflammatory and immuno-suppresant properties. Common rheumatoid arthritis drugs include prednisone, methrotrexate and steroid injections. Your doctor will know best what to give you. Ensure you tell your doctor about any medication allergies you have, and also ask about side effects. Understand that rheumatoid arthritis medications usually relieve the symptoms of the disease, but they don’t actually treat the cause. You can reverse rheumatoid arthritis with medication, but you should strictly follow your doctor’s recommendations.

2. Apply cold compresses to painful and stiff joints. You can use an ice plastic bag or just a bag of frozen vegetables. Keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes. You can do this several times a day, as ice therapy can help reduce inflammation.

3. Heat therapy also works well for treating rheumatoid arthritis, especially when the joints swell. Heat compresses or hot baths can reduce swallowing. Don’t use cold compresses on swollen joints, as this could do more harm than good. If you feel discomfort or pain when using either hot or cold compresses, remove it immediately and don’t apply it again for a few days.

4. Lose extra weight. Obesity puts pressure on joints, damaging them and making them more painful and inflamed. Extra weight affects the joints, especially your ankles, knees and hips. Adopting healthy eating habits not only benefits your rheumatoid arthritis, but it also boosts your immune system, helping your body fight your condition.

5. Exercise on a regular basis. Keep your joints flexible by having a daily exercising routine. Choose exercises that do not aggressively target your joints, such as yoga, walking, swimming or Pilates. Hydrotherapy works very well for rheumatoid arthritis, combining the benefits of a warm bath with exercising under water so the body feels lighter and experiences less pressure on the joints.

6. Take natural supplements. Omega-3 fish oil supplements stand among the natural remedies that help treat rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil has anti-inflammatory properties and reduces pain. Rheumatoid arthritis patients also use glucosamine supplements to heal damaged joints. Talk with your doctor before taking any supplements to make sure they fit your case and pose no interaction concerns with your other medication.

7. Consider massage therapy and acupuncture. These natural techniques stimulate your circulation, relax your body, reduce pain and give you an overall healthier system.

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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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