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January 12, 2010 at 1:03 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Rheumatoid Arthritis Myths

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Because the cause and cure of Rheumatoid Arthritis are unknown, there is an abundance of misinformation circulating about the nature of this disease. If knowledge is power, then these popular myths are dangerous and can be a hazard to your health!

Myth: Rheumatoid Arthritis is just another sign of old age.

Writing off this condition as a problem only for the elderly is a gross mistake. Though it is true that the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis commonly occurs later in life, it can also start as early as age 20.Even children can develop a form of arthritis.Additionally, not all elderly people will develop arthritis.

Myth: Rheumatoid Arthritis is nothing serious.

This disease is absolutely serious and has the potential to be life-threatening.If you ignore symptoms and let the condition progress into advanced stages, the disease can attack not only your joints, but your entire body.As your joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles deteriorate, they become deformed and you may be left unable to straighten or bend your fingers.This is accompanied by disability and pain. If the Rheumatoid Arthritis becomes systemic, your vital body organs are subject to attack and serious complications, including death, arise.

Myth: Rheumatoid Arthritis is caused by an inadequate diet.

No one knows the exact cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis.Of course it is true that eating a well-balanced diet will greatly impact overall health, but there is no scientific evidence that it has any effect on this condition.There is nothing you can eat or not eat that will prevent you from the onset of this condition.However, if you do have Rheumatoid arthritis and food allergies that make it flare, this food obviously is a "cause."This is only once the condition has developed though; there is no proven link between diet and the risk of arthritis.

Myth: A cold and wet climate will bring about Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Climate plays no role in the cause or cure of Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is a popular myth because warm weather generally makes people much more comfortable, and it facilitates exercise which may help arthritis symptoms.Not having to worry about slips and falls over ice may soothe you into thinking your arthritis is gone, but, at best, it is only calmed.Weather conditions have no effect on reversing the damage arthritis has done.

Myth: Rheumatoid Arthritis can be cured.

There is no known cure that exists for Rheumatoid Arthritis.It is a chronic, auto-immune condition-meaning that the best thing you can do for it is to manage it.Catching it early will give you the best chance of keeping it contained so you can continue to enjoy a productive lifestyle.

Myth: There's nothing you can do about it.

Even though there is no cure, you shouldn't resign yourself to a miserable life as a deformed and debilitated arthritis sufferer.Instead, you should:

  • Pay attention to your body.Catching the disease in its early stages is vital.
  • Consult with a rheumatologist. You will be able to get an accurate diagnosis and prognosis.
  • Consider alternative health supplements.

References:

http://www.arthritis.org/understanding-arthritis.php

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