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Rheumatoid Arthritis

This is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the synovial membranes of multiple joints. It principally attacks the joints, causing; redness, swelling and tenderness. Rheumatoid arthritis is also characterised by nodular lesions, most commonly in subcutaneous tissue under the skin. Whilst rheumatoid arthritis primarily affects the joints, problems involving other organs of the body are known to occur.
Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly affects the hands, feet, wrists, ankles and knees.
Whilst the usual age of onset is 20-40 years, rheumatoid arthritis may begin at any age, affecting children also; this is referred to as juvenile arthritis.
Onset is usually gradual but can be quite abrupt. Fatigue, low grade fever, weakness, joint stiffness and vague pain may precede the appearance of painful, swollen joints by several weeks. Typically joints are affected in a symmetrical pattern. As the disease progresses, deformities develop in the joints of the hands and feet.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease; antibodies develop against components of joint tissues. It is uncertain what causes this auto-immune reaction however speculations include; genetic factors, abnormal blood permeability, lifestyle and nutritional factors, food allergies and micro-organisms.
Treatment is not just geared around the joint involvements, instead needs to address all of the physiological variables, including anaemia, ineffective liver metabolism, food allergies and intolerances, decreased respiratory function, leaky gut syndrome, compromised immune function.
By embarking on a nutritional programme it will limit the manifestations and progression of the disease. It will also address the systematic symptoms.
After being diagnosed with complex medical problems, I consulted Nutrition Mission. They asked about my symptoms in a professional and sympathetic way. Afterwards they made suggestions which alleviated my condition. I was very pleased with the consultation and the help and support which they have given me.
Sharon Wrigglesworth
18 January 2010