Rheumatoid arthritis has no known treatment. However, clinical trials show that early therapy with pharmaceuticals referred to as disease-modifying anti-rheumatic therapies increase the likelihood of symptom remission (DMARDs). The senior and their ConsidraCare-approved Live-in Caregiver should get in touch with a specialist to come up with a care plan for rheumatoid arthritis.
Clinical Arthritis Care
Your doctor’s recommendations for drugs will be based on the severity of your symptoms and the duration of your rheumatoid arthritis.
NSAIDs. NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, can reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Naproxen sodium and ibuprofen are two examples of over-the-counter NSAIDs (Aleve). By prescription, stronger NSAIDs are available. Heart issues, kidney damage, and stomach irritation are possible side effects.
Steroids. Prednisone and other corticosteroid drugs lessen pain and inflammation while also slowing joint deterioration. Diabetes, weight gain, and bone weakening are possible side effects. A corticosteroid is frequently prescribed by doctors to quickly alleviate symptoms with the intention of progressively weaning down the drug.
Traditional DMARDs. These medications can stop the evolution of rheumatoid arthritis and prevent irreparable damage to the joints and other tissues. Methotrexate (Trexall, Otrexup, among others), leflunomide (Arava), hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), and sulfasalazine are examples of common DMARDs (Azulfidine). Among the many possible side effects include serious lung infections and liver damage.
Biologic substances. This more recent family of DMARDs, also referred to as biologic response modifiers, consists of the drugs abatacept (Orencia), adalimumab (Humira), anakinra (Kineret), certolizumab (Cimzia), etanercept (Enbrel), golimumab (Simponi), infliximab (Remicade), rituximab (Rit (Actemra).
In most cases, biologic DMARDs work best when combined with a traditional DMARD, like methotrexate. The danger of infections is also increased by this class of medication.
DMARDs with a specific target. If conventional DMARDs and biologics have failed, you may turn to baricitinib (Olumiant), tofacitinib (Xeljanz), and upadacitinib (Rinvoq). Increased tofacitinib dosages can raise the risk of lung blood clots, life-threatening cardiac problems, and cancer.
Your doctor might suggest that you seek the services of a physical or occupational therapist who can give you instruction in stretches that will keep your joints flexible. A fresh, less taxing manner to complete everyday duties may be suggested by the therapist. You might wish to pick up something with your forearms, for instance.
It may be simpler to prevent straining your sore joints with the aid of assistive technology. For example, a kitchen knife with a hand grip helps safeguard your wrist and finger joints. Buttonhooks are one tool that can make getting dressed simpler. Look for inspiration in catalogs and medical supply stores.
You and your doctor may discuss having surgery to restore damaged joints if drugs are unable to stop or halt joint damage. Your ability to move your joint may be restored with surgery. It can also enhance performance and lessen pain.
One or more of the following methods may be used during surgery for rheumatoid arthritis:
Synovectomy. Pain relief and increased joint flexibility may result from surgery to remove the inflammatory synovium.
Tendon restoration. Tendons surrounding your joint may rupture or become loose due to joint injury and inflammation. The tendons around your joint could be able to be repaired by your surgeon.
Fused joints. When a joint replacement is not an option, surgically fusing a joint ma advise to stabilise or realign a joint as well as to relieve discomfort.
Replacement of every joint. Your surgeon will remove the damaged joint components during a joint replacement procedure and replace them with a metal and plastic prosthesis.
The risks of bleeding, infection, and pain associated with surgery. With your doctor, go over the advantages and disadvantages.
Arthritis Home Care
One of the earliest known natural pain relievers is this type of Chinese traditional medicine. It stimulates energy via meridians, or channels in your body, using extremely fine needles. Correcting energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”) imbalances, is the aim.
Although studies show it reduces levels of substances in your body associated to inflammation, there isn’t much study specifically on acupuncture for RA. Additionally, it eases chronic pain, particularly back pain. Osteoarthritis may also benefit from it.
Ask your rheumatologist to recommend an acupuncturist who works with RA patients because acupuncture requires clean, well-placed needles.
You can learn to manage automatic reactions like heart rate and blood pressure with the use of this technique. You do it using body sensors that communicate information to a monitor. Learn how to manage how you respond to stresses from a therapist.
Modern science demonstrates that this age-old natural method can reduce pain. It has been used for thousands of years. There are numerous types. Before attempting it, you should consult your doctor. Additionally, you can request recommendations. Choosing a massage therapist with experience treating RA patients is a good idea. If you have any sensitive areas they should avoid, let them know. Additionally, you might request that they refrain from using scents that might aggravate your skin.
Even though you might not feel like moving, you should. It won’t worsen your RA, and it might reduce joint swelling and lessen your pain.
Before you begin, discuss your RA with your physician or a physical therapist. They can assist in developing the ideal program for you. It’ll likely concentrate on:
- Exercise to get your heart pumping, such as walking or swimming
- Strength training helps maintain strong muscles around your joints.
Exercises that increase range of motion can help your joints function properly, while balance drills will prevent trips and falls.
Cold and Heat
To reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, several experts advise using heat and cold therapies. Each provides several advantages:
Cold: It reduces swelling and inflammation in the joints. For instance, when RA flares up, place an ice pack on the affected joint. Simply don’t go overboard. Each time, apply the cold compress for 15 minutes. Give yourself at least 30 minutes between treatments.
Heat: It promotes blood flow while calming your muscles. Use a warm, damp towel or a moist heating pad. Hot packs that can be heated in the microwave are popular. Avoid going too heated. It shouldn’t burn on your skin. In the shower, you can also use heat therapy. Allow the warm water to contact the sore spot on your body. That might calm things down. Another effective method for easing tense muscles is a hot tub. If you have high blood pressure, heart problems, or are pregnant, you should limit how often you use hot tubs or spas.
Creams, gels, and patches for topical use
Although you would not consider a pain reliever to be a natural medicine. Many of these products are produced with capsaicin. The compound that gives chilli peppers their spicy flavor. According to studies, it can lessen RA pain. Never combine it with a heating pad. It increases the risk of burns.
Breathe deeply from your belly slowly. You may feel calmer after turning off the stress receptors that cause your muscles to tense up and exacerbate discomfort. Additionally, while you concentrate on your breathing, your mind is diverted from pain-related ideas.
This method can be as easy as paying attention to your breathing and merely observing each inhalation and exhalation. It is not dependent on spiritual convictions or extreme calmness. Anyone can do it, and even a short amount of time can have an impact. Your thoughts will undoubtedly stray. It’s alright. Just bring your focus back to your breathing or whatever else you choose.
This golden spice is a member of the ginger family and is commonly used in curries. It comes from India and Indonesia and has long been a mainstay of local traditional medicine there. According to research, it inhibits proteins that lead to inflammation and may reduce pain just as several nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) are frequently prescribed for the treatment of RA.
This can lessen pain and tension. To attempt this easy exercise:
- Shut your eyes.
- Draw a deep breath.
- Imagine yourself in a serene setting.
This combination of breathing exercises, meditation, and low-impact exercise was created in India some 5,000 years ago. It benefits both the body and the mind. It can reduce stress and tension while also reducing joint discomfort and increasing flexibility. According to studies, it can reduce the hormones that lead to stress and inflammation. Before you jump in, just check with your doctor to make sure it’s okay for you. Help them find a teacher that is experienced in dealing with RA patients.
Magnet therapies are available in a range of shapes and sizes, including discs, inlays, pads, and bracelets. The majority of natural food stores carry these.
The majority of research on magnets involves persons with osteoarthritis, the aging-related wear-and-tear kind of arthritis.
Early research has indicated they reduced joint pain more effectively than a placebo in persons with knee and hip osteoarthritis. However, there is no conclusive evidence that magnets actually help people with rheumatoid arthritis, and doctors are unsure of exactly how magnets might reduce pain.
The use of essential oils during a massage can be pleasant. If you apply them to your skin or let someone else do it, exercise caution. Others are well-known irritants. To gauge your response, try a test patch. Use caution if the skin is broken or injured.
Vine of Thunder God
In a few studies, taking this supplement by RA patients was associated with a reduction in joint pain and inflammation. This includes trials that contrasted this root with sulfasalazine, a conventional medication used to treat RA, and discovered that thunder god vine caused symptoms to subside more quickly. An upset stomach, headache, hair loss, upper respiratory tract infections, and sterility in men are possible side effects. Women who are expecting or at risk of developing osteoporosis shouldn’t take it.
Keep in mind that it can be difficult to get safe, high-quality thunder god vine produced in the United States. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, it is impossible to confirm the safety and efficacy of thunder god vine imported from countries other than the United States (such as China).
An arthritis care plan can include both these clinical arthritis care and arthritis home care interventions to come up with an effective care plan for rheumatoid arthritis. This will be easy to manage with live-in home care for Arthritis and Injury care service by ConsidraCare.