Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease with a chronic-relapsing course that affects 2.5-3 percent of the elderly. It is also called chronic polyarthritis and is a special form of joint inflammation that usually occurs around the age of 40 (in women it occurs three times more often than in men).
It is characterized by the development of an inflammatory process, often symmetrical, pain, edema and necrosis of the joint tissue. The disease has a chronic course, in which periods of relatively good condition alternate with exacerbation of symptoms. If left untreated, it progresses and can lead to severe, deforming ankylosis of the joints.
This form of arthritis is treated by taking: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which do not lead to definitive healing, but affect the pain symptoms; cortisone and immunosuppressive drugs that affect the various symptoms of the disease. An exacerbation of clinical symptoms is often observed after their discontinuation.
Sometimes resorted to intra-articular injection of corticosteroids; gold s alts in the form of injections, which have a good effect in some patients. They should be used very carefully as they can have toxic effects on the skin, kidneys and bone marrow.
Rheumatoid arthritis treatment also includes general treatment measures, such as an appropriate daily regimen, a well-balanced diet, avoiding stressful situations, etc.n.; local procedures with physiotherapy (hydrotherapy, thermotherapy); surgical interventions aimed at avoiding deformities. These measures are aimed at controlling the acute symptoms, it is not excluded that they affect the progressive course and delay the establishment of permanent deformations.
However, it is good to follow the prescriptions given to you by your doctor. He will assess whether or not the medications your husband is taking will stop working over time.
We will also offer you an herbal alternative treatment: Three teaspoons of finely chopped roots and rhizomes of yellow gentian (bitter root) are boiled in three tea cups of water for 20 minutes. The mixture is left to soak covered for two hours and filtered. Take half a tea cup 3-4 times a day before meals.