Arthritis

Arthritis

 

Condition description:

Painful, swollen, or stiff joints caused by underlying condition of degeneration or inflammation.  There are two primary types of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  Osteoarthritis is caused wear and tear of old age, overused, or injury.  Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory condition in which one's own antibodies attack the joints and initiating bone deterioration.

Underlying causes:

Although osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis are two distinct diseases, some underlying causes predisposing factors and treatment modalities apply to both conditions.  By identifying and the treating these causes and related disorders, joint inflammation can be limited or halted.

Common symptoms:

Consists of joint pain, swelling, inflammation, stiffness especially morning stiffness of joints.  Any joint can be involved including small joints of hands and feet or large joints like shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles.

Conventional treatment:

Consists of medication like analgesics to reduce pain such as Tylenol and others, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, naproxen, sodium, and Aleve).  Some types of NSAIDs only available by prescriptions.  Oral NSAIDs can cause stomach irritation and some may increase the risk of heart attacks or stroke.  NSAIDs are also available as creams or gels, which can be rubbed on joints. Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.  Other medicines include corticosteroids in the form of prednisone and related medicines and biologic response modifiers.  These are typically used in conjunction like DMARDS an example included Etanercept (Enbrel) and infliximab (Remicade).

EHAC approach:

Treat the underlying causes, which may include food sensitivity, chemical sensitivity, mineral deficiencies like magnesium deficiency and zinc deficiency.  Essential fatty acids deficiency, which can be treated with fish oil.  Treating the causes minimize the need for conventional treatment of various medicines.  If yeast overgrowth is present, it should be treated.

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