So today let's discover the possibilities of some relief for "arthritis"
But first . . . what exactly is it???
Well . . . "arthritis" is the "swelling" and "tenderness" of one or more joints. With the main symptoms being joint pain and stiffness. And unfortunately . . . it gets worse with age.
Now . . . the most common forms of "arthritis" would be . . . "osteoarthritis", "psoriatic" and "rheumatoid" arthritis.
And in the U.S. . . . 24% of all adults, which is about 58.5 million people . . . are suffering from "arthritis".
Okay . . . so this was a mind-blower to me . . . as we know . . . "arthritis" is the leading cause of work disability . . . but did you know . . . with annual costs for medical care and lost earnings . . . Americans are losing 303.5 "billion" dollars a year . . . oh man!
I guess we not only need some relief from "pain" . . . but the "financial burden" also.
So . . . can "arthritis" go away on its own???
Well . . . science says . . . there's "no cure", but . . . treatments can help to relieve pain.
Now . . . "arthritis" does not discriminate with age, sex or race. And not only do 58.5 million adults have it . . . sadly . . . 300,000 children have some form of arthritis also. And this is why it's the leading cause of "disability" in the U.S.
Okay . . . so what's the difference???
Well . . . "osteoarthritis" . . . usually comes with age. like 60 and over . . . and affects more women than men . . . with most often suffering in the fingers, knees and hips.
Whereas . . . "psoriatic" arthritis . . . most commonly occurs in adults between the ages of 30 and 55. And this "arthritis" affects many people who have the skin condition called "psoriasis", which also is caused by "INFLAMMATION".
"Psoriatic" is believed to develop . . . due to genetics and environmental factors like immune system problems, infection, obesity and physical trauma . . . with symptoms being . . . joint pain, stiffness, swelling and yes, even a flare up of "psoriasis".
And "rheumatoid" arthritis . . . most likely shows up between the ages of 30 and 50 with simple signs . . . but when it shows up between 60 and 65 . . . it's called "elderly-onset RA
Now . . . the typical cases of "rheumatoid" arthritis begin with the slow development of signs and symptoms over weeks to months. And early warning signs are . . . fatigue, being extremely tired and have a lack of energy, slight fever, weight loss, stiffness, joint tenderness, joint pain and swelling.
And this form of "arthritis" normally starts and strikes the hands . . . most commonly the wrists and finger knuckles
So what early warning sign should we be looking for in "arthritis"???
Well . . . morning joint stiffness . . . this is the early stage of "arthritis".
We should also look for "swollen" joints . . . because this is a sign "arthritis" is getting worse.
Fever, numbness, joint redness, tingling and chronic fatigue are also signs for concern.
And tomorrow, we'll continue to discover more.
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