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Rheumatoid Arthritis the "Killer" Disease

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This web site was created by me, my name is Rebecca, for the purpose of explaining in laymen language Rheumatoid Disease, how debilitating this can be for anyone (infant, child, adult) who was diagnosed with this chronic "Killer" illness. No one really understands how the immune-system just goes haywire and attacks its own immune-system. This site is researched wellness informative information!!!

I have been receiving emails about this web site, if it is only about Arthritis, NO it's not. This web site is for anyone and everyone who suffers from any kind of joint pain, eye vision problems, flu type symptoms, allergy, skin issues, constant colds, dry mouth, neck pain, pain associated along with walking, burning, tingling, numbness, muscle spasms. The web site will explain that you don't have to have any type of arthritis at this point, but it could possibly be that you just might be in the early stages of the condition and your doctors are unsure how to diagnose your problem. This could be very frustrating especially if you feel that there is something not right with the way your feeling and you are suffering from pain. So go and find out, do your web research and drill down on the search engines until you get the answers you are looking for.

From Toddlers-to-Teens

Introducing ACTEMRA for PJIA - This makes me very happy!!!

ACTEMRA is now FDA approved to treat patients 2 years old and up who have active Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (PJIA). That's on top of the proven results ACTEMRA has delivered for adults with moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and children with Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (SJIA).

In a study of children with PJIA, ACTEMRA was proven to:

ACTEMRA is a prescription medicine called an interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor antagonist.

ACTEMRA is used to treat:

This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about either your medical condition or your treatment with ACTEMRA.

Talk with your healthcare provider if you have any questions about your treatment with ACTEMRA.

Mentioned below are some of the Arthritic Conditions, then you will understand what Rheumatic Disease is comparable to Arthritic Conditions.

They are both very different illnesses. One attacks your immune-system, the other just cripples you with time, but you won't die from it. You can still lead a normal life even though some of your joints start to curdle up and get so hard that you can't move your fingers or toes because of the deformity it involves with your body, but that can be fixed.

Why do I call RA the "killer" disease, because it is? It's a daily disease that never disappears. It stays and lingers on with you 24/7. There are days when the flare ups are so pronounced that you are unable to tolerate the joint pain along with the constant itching and burning of the skin that you just want to take yourself and go for a dip into the ocean.

Yes, there are good days and very bad days. What I interpret as a good day, would be that I won't have a flare up with the constant itching of the skin and burning. Some people are affected so many various ways when it comes to Rheumatoid Arthritis. If you did not know, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a Rheumatic disease? The reason why they say it's Arthritis is because they compare it to Osteoarthritis which is a crippling of the joints.

RA also cripples your joints but it attacks the tissue and cartilage surrounding the bones. Nothing gets in the way when RA attacks the knees, ankles, fingers, elbows, actually every joint in the body, but the damage it can really do is attack the heart, lungs, kidneys, stomach, brain, liver, all of the organs which keep you alive.

But a person, who suffers from Osteoarthritis, can at least think about having a joint replacement because it is not an auto-immune illness that slowly eats away at your body. So at least you have a chance for a long survival.


Below is the link connection to the Arthritis Foundation Donate for a Cure. Donate what you can, even one dollar $1.00 would help to continue the research to find a cure for this dreadful diseases.

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The link below is direct access to the Arthritis Donation web site. Kindly make your tax deductable contribution. Thank you for Caring !!!


What Are the Types of Arthritis?

There are several types of arthritis. The two most common ones are Osteoarthritis (AH-stee-oh-ar-THRY-tis) and Rheumatoid (ROO-mah-toyd) arthritis.

Osteoarthritis Is the most common form of arthritis. This condition usually comes with age and most often affects the fingers, knees, and hips. Sometimes osteoarthritis follows an injury to a joint. For example, a young person might hurt his knee badly playing soccer. Or someone might fall or be injured in a car accident. Then, years after the individual's knee has apparently healed, he might get arthritis in his knee joint.

Rheumatoid Arthritis happens when the body’s own defense system doesn't work properly. It affects joints and bones (often of the hands and feet), and may also affect internal organs and systems. You may feel sick or tired, and you may have a fever. An infection that gets into a joint and destroys the cushion between the bones.

Another common type of arthritis, is Gout, which is caused by crystals that build up in the joints. It usually affects the big toe, but many other joints may be affected. big toe

Arthritis is seen with many other conditions. Just to name a few, These include:

What is Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases?

Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, and related conditions include over 100 disorders that typically affect the joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles. Some Rheumatic diseases also can involve internal organs.

What Are Some Examples of Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, and Related Conditions?

Normal Joint & Osteoartharitis

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  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia is not an auto-immune disease
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus)
  • Scleroderma
  • Infectious Arthritis
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Gout
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis

What Causes These Conditions?

A combination of things may cause Rheumatic Diseases. A person could be born with the likelihood of getting a disease, but something happens to get the disease started. A cold, flu, or other type of virus could trigger a Rheumatic Disease in some people. Other risk factors include cigarette smoking and family history.

No one really understands how the immune-system just goes haywire and attacks its own immune-system.

Autoimmune disease: An illness that occurs when the body tissues are attacked by its own immune system. The immune system is a complex organization within the body that is designed normally to "seek and destroy" invaders of the body, including infectious agents. Patients with autoimmune diseases frequently have unusual antibodies circulating in their blood that target their own body tissues.

Examples of autoimmune diseases include systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren Syndrome, Hashimoto thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile (type 1) diabetes, polymyositis, scleroderma, Addison Disease, vitiligo, pernicious anemia, glomerulonephritis, and pulmonary fibrosis.

Autoimmune diseases are more frequent in women than in men. It is felt that the estrogen of females may influence the immune system to predispose some women to autoimmune diseases. Furthermore, the presence of one autoimmune disease increases the chance for developing another simultaneous autoimmune disease.

Please click on the Video below: "The Faces of Rheumatoid Disease"

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Invisible Condition

Some people living with RA might show visible signs of joint damage, or may use assistive mobility devices. However, in many cases of Rheumatoid Arthritis the illness is INVISIBLE. Many people show no visible signs of RA.

So once again, if you want to compliment someone on their good looks, go ahead. (But please don't forget, people with RA don't necessarily "look sick").

Osteoarthritis may be caused by wear and tear on the joints or by an injury to a joint. Being a woman may make a person more likely to get some of these conditions. Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, and Fibromyalgia are more common among women. This could mean that hormones or other differences between men and women play a role in the development of these diseases.

Who Is Affected by These Conditions?

People of all races and ages can develop these conditions. Some are more common among certain groups of people. For example:

Did you Know? An estimated 1.3 million people in the United States have RA—that’s almost 1 percent of the nation’s adult population. There are nearly three times as many women as men with the disease. In women RA, most commonly begins between the ages of 30 and 60. It often occurs later in life for men.

I have many people who asked me; how I developed severe RA at the age of 65, well the answer is, the doctors were not knowledgeable to know that I was suffering from RA and they thought it was just in my mind.

You see, most doctors who are not well schooled in specialized medicine as Rheumatoid Disease have no other excuse but to tell you that it's all in your mind, your pain and suffering. Well then it's ttime to seek out the proper medical attention you require. Early, aggressive treatment is key to slowing or stopping its progression.

  1. That's the time to do your spider work and research on the internet, check the credentials of other physicians who specialize in Arthritis and auto-immune diseases. .
  2. Don't be intimidated to do your own homework when it comes to your health.
  3. Screen out at least 2-3 physicians to get the results you need to move on.
  4. Don't be afraid to ask questions when you call a doctor's office to find out about the doctor's credentials and how long they have been practicing Rheumatoid Arthritis medicine, (Rheumatology).
  5. Make sure that the doctor is Board Certified. It's extremely important that if you are feeling joint pain, burning and painful feet, itching of the skin, eye dryness, throat dryness, difficulty breathing, stomach upsets, nerves, anxiety from pain, some joint deformity, some of your fingers developing bumps above the nails, these are signals to you that you could be suffering from some type of arthritic condition or even a chronic illness.

The picture below shows that the middle joints on the fingers and the knuckles which are swollen is Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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RA's Toll on the Body

Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect organs and areas of the body other than the joints, including:

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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis is the most common type of arthritis in kids. Like adult RA, it causes joint inflammation, stiffness, and damage. However, it can also affect a child's growth. Juvenile RA is also known as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. "Idiopathic" means no known cause.

Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis: Blood Tests

If Rheumatoid Arithritis is suspected, your doctor may order blood tests to check for markers of inflammation in the body. Other common tests are Rheumatoid Factor (RF) and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP), which is present in most people with RA.

Diagnosing RA: Imaging Tests

X-rays are helpful in diagnosing RA, to provide a baseline for comparison later as the disease progresses. An MRI or ultrasound may also be done to help detect joint damage and inflammation.

Rhrumatoid Arthritis Medications

Medications used to treat RA include Disease-modifying Anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) which include Biologics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids, and pain relievers. DMARDs slow progression of disease and are usually used with NSAIDs and steroids in treatment.

Is Surgery an Option?

After significant joint damage has occurred or when pain or disability becomes unbearable, some people choose surgery to improve function and relieve pain.

Joint replacement is the most frequently performed surgery for OA & RA patients -- with the knee and hip joints most often replaced. Other types of surgery, such as arthroscopy (inserting a tube-like instrument into the joint to see and repair abnormal tissues) and tendon reconstruction, can be performed as well. Don't waste your time, it does not work.

Do Your Research!!!

There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Get the information you need about osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile inflammatory arthritis, as well as gout, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia and more.

Any Questions - Please write to my email address below and I will answer most questions regarding the arthritic conditions.

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