Rheumatoid arthritis: Online resources and advice
Rheumatoid arthritis, also often referred to as RA, is an autoimmune disease that affects a substantial number of people across the UK.
It is essentially a case of the autoimmune system gone awry, as rather than simply attacking problems as it should do, it begins to attack the body’s own healthy cells and tissues.
This is felt most keenly in the joints as when the autoimmune system attacks, the membranes around them become inflamed and painful. The membranes also release enzymes that cause the bone and joint cartilage to wear away and in severe cases, other organs can be affected too. Understand more about this painful disease and discover the help that’s available online and in person.
Finding out more about RA
For many sufferers, it is the hands, feet and wrists that are most affected but other parts of the body can be a problem too. Aside from swelling and painful joints, other symptoms of RA include a general feeling of tiredness and illness. The severity of symptoms also tends to fluctuate over time and when they become worse, this tends to be called a flare-up. It can be impossible to predict when flare-ups will take place making it difficult to plan chores and activities.
Medicine Net offers a huge amount of information about the disease and its various symptoms and issues and is a good place to start if you have questions about the condition. You’ll also find some clear and concise explanations from the NHS and its guide to rheumatoid arthritis. For this particular disease, early and aggressive treatment is best as this can help keep your joints in better condition. Healthline has put together a list of nine early signs and symptoms and if you think you’re suffering from these, make an appointment with your doctor for a medical opinion.
Living with rheumatoid arthritis
If you’ve been diagnosed with RA, you’ll be adjusting to a new way of managing your lifestyle. The NHS has created a guide to living with rheumatoid arthritis which includes some excellent advice for taking control of your self-care and finding ways to minimise pain and disruption to your day-to-day routines. Another useful resource is the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, which has also compiled an in-depth guide to living with RA, which includes sections devoted to lifestyle, relationships and works and benefits.
Heathline has also created another interesting resource – a list of best RA blogs. On this list, you’ll find blogs from real-life patients who are happy to share their experiences and personal inspirations. This is a great way to gain some insight into the condition straight from the minds of people who know best. There are also plenty of uplifting and interesting posts that are well worth your consideration.
Don’t feel isolated following a diagnosis; know that there are resources dedicated to helping you and other sufferers willing to share online.
All content on Silversufers.com is provided for general information only, and should not be treated at all as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other healthcare professional. Silversurfers.com will not be responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content on www.silversurfers.com and we are also not liable for the content of any external websites or links from or to Silversurfers to any other websites. Please always consult your own doctor if you’re in any way concerned about any aspect of your health.
Have you got a health question?
Silversurfers Health partner is AXA PPP healthcare. The AXA PPP healthcare's online service, "Ask the Expert", allows you to ask their team of friendly and experienced nurses, midwives, counselors and pharmacists about any health topic.
Don't feel alone. You can ask anything about your health, any time for 24 hours a day; everyday. Please get in touch with us now.
ASK THE EXPERT
Latest posts by Sally - Silversurfer's Editor (see all)
- The Queen – her life in pictures as she celebrates her 93rd birthday - April 19, 2019
- 2019 Food Trends: African Cuisine - April 17, 2019
- Feel a world away, right on your doorstep - April 10, 2019
- Explore Europe this summer on a river cruise - April 8, 2019
- Glasses Direct at a glance - April 3, 2019
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!