What can be done for rheumatoid arthritis?

Are there any treatments, remedies, cures or anything that can be done for rheumatoid arthritis?  My mother is only 56 and has stopped working or doing much of anything except being on the couch all day.  I am so worried about her.  Sometimes I say that it could be a great time for her to get her degree since she chose to retire, but she says she is in such pain that just moving about the house is too much for her.  I disagree with her that she is old and say she has a lot of life left - what can be done?

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Mayo Clinic have

a very good article about it, I'm sure you'll be able to learn a lot form it. They say that in recent years treatment for rheumatoid arthritis has come a long way.

The sad fact is that there is no cure available today to cure rheumatoid arthritis. The most that can be done is to alleviate the pain and slow down the progression of the disease. This mostly involves regimens of exercise, and anti- inflammatory medicines and pain-killers.

if your mother is in pain, I would suggest a trip to a specialist in autoimmune diseases as soon as possible. Perhaps a change in her medication can help with the pain, and this will give her more motivation.

"The time has come" the walrus said "to speak of many things. Of shoes and ships and sealing wax. Of cabbages and kings. And why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings."

I am 54 and just started to have the same symptoms.  I had spent the last 3 or 4 months on the couch as just walking from the bed to the couch was a painful, stiff hipped journey that seemed to take more and more out of me.

 I began to research the combination of meds they had me on and anything else that had changed in the last year.  I was soooooo lucky.  It turned out the doctor had prescribed Welbutrin for me which is known to cause drug induced arthritic symptoms.  So I stopped that and forced (and I do mean forced) myself to do 20 minutes of stretching every morning because the less you do, the less you can do.

I am feeling better, some days are way more stiff than others, especially when it is damp and/or raining outside.   

 I am sure it was the Welbutrin that kicked everything off because I have tried several times to take a capsule and every time I do, I have an immediate increase in symptoms, pain, and swelling. 

Be gentle with your Mom.  She has to make her own decisions.  If she isn't ready to address the problems and you can't talk her into working to find solutions, then you have done all you can.  Respect her choices for it is her pain.  

"Always remember thirty is old to a teenage, but sixty is a baby to the eighties." 

I am a 44 yr old female and have RA.  I was diagnosed 6 yrs ago and feel better right now than I have for MANY years.  My first suggesion is that you get your Mom to a GOOD Rheumatologist IMMEDIATELY.  The sooner treatment is started, the less permanant damage she will have!  Meds for RA have come such a long way over the past few years.  THe new "Biologics" are very expensive (mine cost $1800.00 per month) plus all the other meds that they have me on, so it is important that she has insurance or that you get her on a program that will help pay for some or all her meds.  I do know that

if the new "Biologic" Drugs cost $5,000 a month I would have to find a way to pay for them...they have made that much difference in the quality of my life!  I have a "Handi-Capped Tag", BUT I only use it about once or twice a year! 99% of the time I feel like I can take on the world...I am a Real Estate Agent and I work 7 days a week!  BUT, I know how your Mom feels and I want you to know that her pain is VERY REAL and that chronic pain can and usually does cause depression.  It is very important to seek treatment and to keep her mobile.  The less she moves around, the less she is going to be able to move around!!! I would be more than happy to talk to you and your Mom and share my experiences with you.  All you have to do is to let me know!!!  Suzie

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disorder for which there is no known cure. Fortunately in the last few years, a shift in strategy toward the earlier institution of disease modifying drugs and the availability of new classes of medications have greatly improved the outcomes that can be expected by most patients.  The goal of treatment now aims toward achieving the lowest possible level of arthritis disease activity and remission if possible, the minimization of joint damage, and enhancing physical function and quality of life. The optimal treatment of RA requires a comprehensive program that combines medical, social, and emotional support for the patient. It is essential that the patient and the patient’s family be educated about the nature and course of the disease. Strategies are all aimed at reducing pain and discomfort, preventing deformities and loss of joint function, and maintaining a productive and active life. Inflammation must be suppressed and mechanical and structural abnormalities corrected or compensated by assistive devices. Treatment options include medications, reduction of joint stress, physical and occupational therapy, and surgical intervention.

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She needs to ask her Rheumatologist to start her on Methotrexate and or Humira.She doesnt have to be in this pain.These drugs are miraculousI can tell her my story I'm 52 and wasin bad shape 3yrs ago.She can email me at jeanniethorn@aol.com I was in the same shape she is in.I'm back working fulltime and living a full life.

You can try acupuncture.  Acupuncture helps to reduce the pain of arthritis.

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