Bacteria Infecting Our Gums Can Be A Cause Of Arthritis
The same researchers found even more interesting information
At the same time, they discovered that missing teeth directly tied in with the same cases of rheumatoid arthritis in this study. They concluded that the more missing teeth, the more likely the patients suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. Who would have imagined that good dental care could help you to avoid arthritis? You can find the full results of this research study and sources here.
Other Causes of Arthritis
What we eat is the main cause of this growing epidemic if our diet is inflammatory and fattening. Unhealthy food choices such as sweets, baked goods, chips, sodas, sweetened juices, vegetable oils and many processed and refined foods lead to inflammatory situations in the joints and around the spine, eating away and gradually destroying cartilage. What happens then is that our bones and joints have no protection so they rub against one another causing further inflammation and then pain. Wheat and dairy products can be very detrimental to some people who find that eliminating one or both of these foods in their diet can see their arthritis symptoms disappear. Apart from causing inflammation, those same unhealthy food choices also lead to weight gain and obesity, putting even further strain on our joints.
Arthritis is twice as common in the obese than it is in others. Once you become obese and arthritic, you will be less likely to want to exercise leading to further complications with this condition. And this is a pity as physical exercise can be a natural way of relieving pain while getting more activity will make the joints more flexible and movable over time.
What are the main symptoms of arthritis?
As the condition deteriorates, the symptoms can include:
- Pain which is usually described as a throbbing, aching kind of pain that is worse in the mornings and particularly if you have been sitting still for some time. The pain is often more noticeable during periods of rest rather than after any activity.
- Stiffness in the joints which is a common symptom especially in the morning. While morning stiffness associated with osteoarthritis usually wears off within 30 minutes of getting up in the morning, the stiffness for rheumatoid arthritis usually lasts longer than half an hour and can be as long as two hours.
- Warmth and redness which is often noticeable because with rheumatoid arthritis, the lining of the affected joint becomes inflamed so that these joints swell and as a result feel hot or warm to the touch and tender and painful.
- Inflammation around the joints is also possible while rheumatoid arthritis can lead to inflammation of the glands (tear and salivary); of the lining of the heart and lungs; and to the blood vessels.
- Red and puffy hands.
- Firm bumps of tissue under the skin on the arms (known as rheumatoid nodules).
- Feeling very tired and a general sense of feeling unwell.
- Fever and weight loss are two further symptoms of RA that you should be aware of. Rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms can vary from mild to severe and back again and may even come and go. These arthritis flare-ups can alternate with periods of remission when the symptoms can fade or even disappear. You can experience a flare-up at any time of the day or night but it is much more likely that your symptoms will be more painful in the morning.