Sunday, 1 December 2013


Chronic pain has been the top symptom of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as we age and waste the severe the experience becomes, with a chronic condition that affects a lot more adults. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system begins to attack the synovium, a thin layer of soft tissue inside joints that provides cushioning and lubrication. As the synovium degrades, joints begin to swell and lose their flexibility.
People with RA experience inflammation and swelling that causes joint pain and stiffness in the hands, knees, hips, and wrists, making it hard for them to move around, grip objects firmly, and perform many other everyday tasks. In other words, normal daily activities or tasks become a mountain to climb.

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Researchers believe that Chronic pain is pain that has lasted longer than three to six months, though some theorists and researchers have placed the transition from acute to chronic pain at 12 months. 

Others apply acute to pain that lasts less than 30 days, chronic to pain of more than six months duration, and subacute to pain that lasts from one to six months. An alternative definition of chronic pain, involving no arbitrarily fixed durations is "pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing".

What then can chronic pain of rheumatoid arthritis can, can and can do. I think, notwithstanding the capabilities RA depicts, old age is bravery.

This is how a  professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology,
Classifies rheumatoid arthritis pain. There are much emphases by scientist on joint in the mission to know rheumatoid arthritis, thus, a joint is the location at which bones connect. They are constructed to allow movement (except for skull bones) and provide mechanical support, and are classified structurally and functionally.

Joint pain. 

Pain itself does more harm than the condition which aroused the pain. It runs in a range from mild to quite severe, almost always is waxing and waning, and always tends to be what we consider the biggest problem,

Joint stiffness. 

As the disease progresses, you may begin to lose flexibility in the affected joints, and the more flexibility you lose, the more the joints hurt.

Emotional pain. 

There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune. All this pain and stiffness begin to takes it's overwhelming emotional toll on the sufferer. It can be the dominant hallmark of the illness. It's a consequence of the compromise in personal effectiveness as in who you are and how do other people perceive you and what can you accomplish? Possibly for many people with the disease, it's this emotional component that's overwhelming.

Rheumatoid Arthritis can, can as Pain be Relieved, for all pain is punishment, and every punishment is inflicted for love as much as for justice.


There is a wide range of medication available to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Some agents, like over-the-counter NSAIDs and prescription corticosteroids, help relieve pain by reducing inflammation. Anti-rheumatic drugs like methotrexate treat the disease itself.


Weight control by eating a balanced diet can reduce stress and strain on your joints. Some early research suggests that increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids by eating fish or taking supplements may help reduce joint inflammation. On the other hand, limiting your consumption of red meat and saturated fats could help because they contain arachidonic acid, a fatty acid that promotes inflammation.

Heat and cold therapy. 

Applying cold packs or ice bags to an aching joint can numb the pain and reduce inflammation and is particularly useful during an arthritis flare up. Heat therapy through the use of heating pads, warm baths, or other methods can help relax muscles and stimulate blood flow in the area of the joint.


Hands-on therapy can bring great relief to muscles and joints, helping to relax and warm muscles that have become tense through chronic pain. Massage can also promote the release of endorphins, naturally produced hormones that act as painkillers. You can try self-massage or visit a licensed massage therapist to help soothe your aches and pains.


It is essential to stay fit, as strong muscles can better support joints racked by arthritis pain. Most joints rely on muscle. Part and parcel of joint inflammation is that the muscles around the joint get weaker, and then the joint is less effective. Exercise can also improve flexibility and reduce symptoms of pain. Good forms of exercise always work magics for particular arthritis symptoms. Non-impact exercises like water aerobics are often best.

Occupational therapy. 

An occupational therapist can help avoid pain by coming up with alternative ways to perform household and work activities that reduce the stress placed on your joints and the entire body. These can include custom splints that help support particular joints or tools to ease often executed activities like opening jars.

Music therapy. 

Listening to calming or soothing music has been shown to help relieve chronic pain and stress. Choice of music will improve the pleasure and effectiveness of the music, which personally chosen the better.


Meditation can shift your attention away from your pain by helping you relax and focus on more pleasant things. To be angry about trifles and pains is mean and hopeless; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is chronic and akin to the practice and temper of devils; but to prevent and suppress rising pain is wise and glorious, seeking advice and relieve is manly and divine.