ARTHRITIS: MY WOMAN; MY EVERYTHING - OUR WIVES, OUR MOTHERS... MUST READ!
Ladies and Gentlemen
I am here to share with you this vital information on Arthritic Conditions basically for women. Perhaps, no man that does not know a woman - aunts, sisters, nieces, mother, wife, colleagues and friends, you can also reach out to them.
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. There are over 100 types and the two most common types are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
Osteoarthritis (OA) also known as degenerative joint disease is a form of arthritis caused by inflammation, breakdown, and the eventual loss of cartilage in the joints - the cartilage wears down while the signs and symptoms gradually worsen over time.
RA - Rheumatoid Arthritis, is an autoimmune disorder. It occurs when your body’s immune system attacks the tissues of the body. These attacks affect the synovium, a soft tissue in your joints that produces a fluid that nourishes the cartilage and lubricates the joints. RA is a disease that can eventually lead to the destruction of both bone and cartilage inside the joint.
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Arthritis is most commonly seen in adults over the age of 65, but it can also develop in children, teens, and younger adults. Arthritis is more common in women than men and in those who are overweight.
Cartilage is a firm but flexible connective tissue in your joints. It protects the joints by absorbing the pressure and shock created when you move and put stress on them. A reduction in the normal amount of this cartilage tissue cause some forms of arthritis.
Normal wear and tear causes Osteoarthritis - OA, one of the most common forms of arthritis which is more common among females. An infection or injury to the joints can exacerbate this natural breakdown of cartilage tissue. Your risk of developing OA may be higher if you have a family history of the disease.
Any joint in the body may be affected. However, osteoarthritis is most likely to affects the individual's:
Hands, Hips, Knees, Lower back, Neck.
Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system attacks the synovium - the lining of the membranes that surround your joints.
The resulting inflammation thickens the synovium, which can eventually destroy the cartilage and bone within the joint. The tendons and ligaments that hold the joint together weaken and stretch. Gradually, the joint loses its shape and alignment.
What starts this process is yet to be established medically, although a genetic component appears likely. While your genes don't actually cause rheumatoid arthritis, they can make you more susceptible to environmental factors - such as infection with certain viruses and bacteria - that may trigger the disease.
Individuals suffering from Osteoarthritis may experience:
Problems moving affected joints.
Stiffness - more severe on waking up in the morning, and improves within 30 minutes when the individual starts moving about. After not moving the joint for a while pain and stiffness may worsen
Affected joints are larger than usual
Joints are warm
Loss of muscle bulk
Tenderness in the affected joint
The affected joints will have a limited range of movements
The patient may experience a grating or crackling sound/sensation in the affected joint.
Rheumatoid Arthritis - RA increases your risk of developing:
Osteoporosis - a condition that weakens your bones and makes them more prone to fracture
Rheumatoid nodules - These firm bumps of tissue most commonly form around pressure points, such as the elbows.
However, these nodules can form anywhere in the body, including the lungs.
Dry eyes and mouth - patient may experience Sjogren's syndrome, a disorder that decreases the amount of moisture in your eyes and mouth.
Carpal tunnel syndrome - If rheumatoid arthritis affects your wrists, the inflammation can compress the nerve that serves most of your hand and fingers.
Lymphoma - Rheumatoid arthritis increases the risk of lymphoma, a group of blood cancers that develop in the lymph system