Affecting 1 to 3% of the population, rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic, auto-immune disease in which antibodies attack joint tissue. In the early stages, the disease causes Fatigue, low grade fever, weakness, joint stiffness, and mild joint Pain. As it progresses, sufferers may experience tender and painful joints, swelling, deformation of joints, and change in skin colour over the affected areas.
The cause of the immune reaction remains unknown, although some have speculated that genetics, lifestyle factors, or food allergies may play a role. Common treatments include physical therapy, exercise, massage, heat, or any number of anti-inflammatory medications.
Devil's Claw (8)
White Willow (9)
Fish Oil (5)
Glucosamine Sulphate (12)
Pantothenic Acid (2)
Vitamin C (10)
Vitamin E (1)
General burning rheumatic Pains, especially at night.
Pain may feel as if it is "in the bones."
Cold clammy sweat.
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