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Sample Medication Regimen Rheumatisms
Medications: That question is so far out of bounds, it is unanswerable for this simple app. There are over ninety different blood pressure medications and then you add on a whole other disease. This site is not to learn pharmacology or science. Your treating physician will help you decide on the appropriate treatment for your conditions.
Rheumatism: Need to know first what you mean by rheumatism. Standard tylenol (acetaminophen) works quite well for osteoarthritis. Sometimes you may need drugs like aleve or ibuprofen. If you have a more inflammatory process you really need to see your doctor. Do remember no drug comes without potential side effects if used in excess.
Recurrent pain: This is a syndrome of recurrent pain in joints with periods of no pain there is generally no inflammation associated with it and markers of inflammation like ESR or cro are normal and all serological like rheumatoid factor are negative. Often responds well to anti inflammatory mess or plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine).See 1 more doctor answer
Improve lifestyle: Chronic joint pain/swelling can be helped using an anti-inflammatory diet (plant based, whole grains and lean protein), drink 0.5oz/pound you weigh for joint hydration. Using supplements like omega 3 4-6 grams/day, glucosamine and curcumin are important as well. Maintain a healthy weight. Exericse with tai chi, in a heated pool. Acupuncture, reiki and meditationcan also help with pain.See 1 more doctor answer
Joint pain: "rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer to rheumatoid arthritis specifically.See 1 more doctor answer
Many Options: Great questions. There many options in this situation. First line agents include anti-inflammatories and tylenol (acetaminophen). More advanced medications include drugs that attempt to treat the underlying cause of rheumatism. Although opioids are occasionally used they are unlikely to help in the long-term.
Farmers rheumatism: Farmers work long hours, often in tough work conditions. If unable to take a break from labors during growing seasons or when tending to daily chores, or to take time off if injured, wear and tear can take their toll. Those of us who eat what farmers produce rarely stop to thank them for their efforts-- so here's to farmers!
Genes, environment: The complete answer is unknown, but this is certainly a genetic disease. We have known to quite some time that RA clusters within families. There are non-genetic causes (environment), such as smoking, that also increases the risk of developing ra. The arthritis foundation has a webpage that attempts to answer this question: http://www.Arthritis.Org/who-gets-rheumatoid-arthritis.Php.
Infrared: Controversial. Mixed results with research. Mostly not felt to be beneficial.