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Rheumatism is an inflammatory disease that affects all of your joints in your body. It's not a condition that can be pinpointed, because their are many forms of rheumatism, like rheumatoid arthritis and Palindrome Rheumatism. Aside from your joints, rheumatism can also affect your skin, and internal organs (heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys). "The term Rheumatism comes from the Greek word Rheuma, which means swelling." (www.homeremediesforyou.com)


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  • Toxic waste products in the blood-"The chief cause of rheumatism is the presence of toxic waste products in the blood. The liberal consumption of meat, white bread, sugar, and refined cereals leaves a large residue of toxic wastes in the system. When the vitality is low, the toxic wastes are concentrated around the joints and bony structure, where they form the basis of rheumatism" (Home Remedies)
  • Infection of teeth, tonsils and gall-bladder- "In certain cases, infection from the teeth, tonsils, and gall-bladder may produce rheumatism. The disease is aggravated by exposure to cold water" (Home Remedies)

  • Fever
  • Pain
  • Intense soreness and stiffness
  • Inflammation of affected muscle or joint area
  • Loss of motion in joints
  • Weight Loss
  • Sensitivity in affected areas- (may only occur during an acute stage of rheumatism where the weight of the lightest thing, like clothing, can cause pain.)
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Screening and Diagnosis:
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, or if your doctor suspects you of having rheumatism, he/she may conduct the following tests to confirm whether you do have rheumatism:
  • Blood Tests- Your doctor may give you a series of blood tests. One thing your doctor can test for is something called your ESR, which stands for Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate. A patients ESR can indicate whether there are any inflammatory processes going on in the body. People who have Rheumatism (like Rheumatiod arthritis) suffer constant inflammations, so they tend to have higher ESRs.
  • Imaging- This is a very effective test, because it shows a visual representation of the state your joints are in. Your doctor might take X-rays of your joints and hips to tell whether you have rheumatism or a form of arthritis called osteoarthritis. If taken over time, these X-rays can show the progression of the disease.

Sadly there is no cure for Rheumatism. It can only be treated to relieve pain and to create joint protection.

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  • Potato Juice- two to three teaspoons of raw potato juice taken before each meal can help elimate toxic conditions and releave other rheumatism symptoms. The skin of the potato also provide mineral salts, so by boiling the skins in water and then straining them. This remedy should be taken three to four times daily. So why take the potato juice? It helps get rid of any toxic matter in the body or system.
  • Bitter Gourd, Celery or Lemon Juices- Any of these juices could be taken to help relieve rheumatism. The juice of the gourd can be mixed with a teaspoon of honey and taken daily for up to three months. 5 to 10 drops of celery juice should be mixed with hot water and taken before every meal. If you want to take lemon juice, you should drink two or three lemons every day for good results.
  • Walnuts and rhubarb- Half a dozen walnuts should be taken daily. The Rhubarb, amoung many of the other herbal treatments for rheumatism can be taken by pounding the herb and mixing it with the same amount of sugar equal to that of the herb.
  • Light outdoor exercise can also be beneficial along with deep breathing and fresh air.
  • Hot Epsom salts bath
  • Avoid dampness and cold
  • Heat and hot packs- applying heat or hot packs to the affected area may help soothe the pain of joints or muscles
  • Acupuncture- effective in relieving many kinds of pain, from labor pain to pain caused by sicknesses

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  • Corticosteriods- This helps reduce inflammation, pain, and slow joint damage. Some of these medications are Medrol, and Prednisone. This is only a short term solution, because over time it may become less effective. Use of these medications can also cause serious side effects, such as easy bruising, thinning of bones, cataracts, weight gain, a round face and even diabetes.
  • Rituximab (Rituxan)-This medicine reduces the amount of B cells in your body, because B cells are involved with inflammation. This procedure is new, it was approved for use in rheumatism patients in 2006. The medicine is administered through your vein in your arm as an infusion. The side effects you can experience are flu-like, such as fever, chills and nausea. Some people may experience extreme reactions though. These could be heart problems and difficulty breathing.
  • Prosorba column- This is a procedure where your blood is filtered to remove certain antibodies that can cause and contribute to pain and inflammation in your joints and muscles. This procedure is done during a 12 week period and is an out patient procedure, which means there are no overnight hospital stays required. Side effects that may be experienced are fatigue and a short increase in joint pain and swelling the first few days after treatment.
  • external image bionic-knee.jpgJoint Replacment Surgery- Although for some people, medicines and therapies can be very helpful for dealing with Rheumatism, some people's joints suffer severe joint destruction. Doctors use surgical procedures to fix deformities, and relieve pain. Some people have their whole joints replaced with a metal or plastic joint prosthesis. Other surgical procedures include loosening tendons that are too tight, tightening tendons that are too loose, and fusing bones to reduce pain. Some people even remove the diseased part of the bone, which improves the mobility of the joints.

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Rheumatism causes many complications. Rheumatism affects your ability to perform everyday tasks, because it causes stiffness and pain in your hips and joints, and fatigue. Because it is difficult to deal with the pain caused by Rheumatism alot of sufferers also have symptoms of depression. You are also at risk for heart disease and osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can happen because medicines like Corticosteriods cause thinning of bones. Heart disease can also occur because the inflammation can also affect your arteries and your heart muscle tissue. Today people don't end up in wheel chairs or bedridden because Rheumatism treatment has really improved over the past few years.

The late stages of Rhematoid Arthritis
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