First of all I want to talk about some common symptoms for Rheumatoid Arthritis that you might be experiencing. I will mostly talk in terms of my own experiences with this as well as both cortisone tablets and cortisone injections for Rheumatoid Arthritis. As you might know by now I am all for Natural ways to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis and I have been living a symptom free life when I have been following all the steps that I mention in previous articles. The only time I get flare-ups is when I steer of my diet and my healthy lifestyle. Hopefully my experiences can help you or someone that you know who is suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis.
I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was a child and the first symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis that I experienced was swollen fingers. I did not experience any pain at first but both of my index fingers were very swollen over the joint. I started with having juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis with the hope that it might go away with age, unfortunately it never did.
The next thing I experienced was eczema. Since Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune disease can effect more than just your joints. It will most likely effect your whole body in a variety of ways. From nowhere, I now had eczema mostly on my knees and my elbows. My skin was literally peeling of.
This might not me a common symptom but it is definitely something to be aware of as eczema in combination with warm, aching joints can be a first sign of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Aching and swollen joints in combination with morning stiffness is a very common first symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Something that I would experience very frequently was horrible pain in my joints from being still in a certain position for a while. If I was sitting down and leaning my feet on the table, when I moved them my knees would just get the worst pain. Being still for too long can cause stiffness that can be experienced as quite painful.
When you first get Rheumatoid Arthritis it is most likely that it will start in smaller joints such as fingers and toes. As it escalates it will probably spread into your larger joints such as wrists, ankles and knees etc.
In combination with the inflammation that is now going on in your body it is very common to be extremely tired. When I was in my teens I would go to bed at 5.30-6.00pm and I would still have issues getting up in the morning.
The constant pain can exhaust you and it most likely will. You might constantly feel like you have a fever and from time to time you might have issues eating. I sometimes go long periods of time with very little food because nothing is appealing to me and just the thought of food can make me feel like I want to throw up.
I think I have briefly mentioned this before, the first treatment that they wanted to put me on was cortisone injections. They never gave me a diagnosis, they did not even really run any tests but the doctor thought this would be a great idea. I refused. I was probably only around 6-7 years old at this time.
They then decided to but me on cortisone tablets. I started loosing a lot of hair, I started throwing up a lot and I just overall felt really bad. There are quite a few side effects from cortisone such as nausea and vomiting, bloating, stomach pains and gas, bruising and probably the most scary one, weight gain. I did experience this in recent days.
After living a very stressful life the last few years, due to personal circumstances, and going off my diet and my healthy lifestyle, I quickly began experiencing symptoms again.
My doctors decided to put me on cortisone tablets. Not only did I feel sick but I also gained 20kgs in only a couple of months. I have always been very athletic and very fit and all of a sudden it did not matter what I ate or how much I exercised, the weight was there. I am now on a journey to lose this weight that I have gained and more determined then ever to get back to my old and healthy self.
I have always been against prescription drugs, especially when there are better and healthier ways to keep your body well. Cortisone tablets is not something I would recommend to anybody due to the horrible side effects from it.
Cortisone Injections For Rheumatoid Arthritis
When I was 16 I finally got diagnosed and they put me on treatment. Because my Rheumatoid Arthritis was so bad they decided to give me cortisone injections. I must admit that the injections help. This is probably the only thing that has helped my Rheumatoid Arthritis when it gets inflamed.
I was at this time on treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis, methotrexate, enbrel, humira, Diclofenac, I honestly think I have tried them all. The only thing that would get the swelling to go down and the pain to go away was Cortisone Injections.
Even though this can be a great alternative there are still side effects to be aware of. Side effects of cortisone injections are varied and can actually create more issues.
Cortisone injections can cause nerve damage, joint infections
I was walking down a set of stairs when I heard a pop, I did not feel any immediate pain, the next few days my ankle just kept swelling up and I could not walk on my foot unless it was at work. I thought that I sprained it. For over a week I was pushing myself to work and the pain was just getting worse and worse. I ended up going to the emergency room where they told me that I needed to have surgery because my tendon had snapped.
So if you decide to get cortisone injections then please be aware of the side effects. I was never informed that this could happen and it actually caused a lot of issues for me. I was not allowed to work, I had to go through surgery, I had to walk on crutches for three months and I had to go through physio therapy.
Natural Ways To Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis
Cortisone and other forms of medications will not cure Rheumatoid Arthritis, they might control the symptoms of the disease but they might end up causing you more harm then good. I strongly stand behind natural ways to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The disease might always be a part of you but you can for sure live a life without symptoms and side effects.
If you want to learn more about natural ways to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis then please read my other articles The Best Natural Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment and Anti-Inflammatory Diet For Rheumatoid Arthritis.
There are a lot of small changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle, these will all add up and can help you to live a life without symptoms. I am slowly working my way back to this. I am currently moving from Australia back to Sweden so at the moment it has been a little hard for me but each day I make a small change and try to limit the amount of stress I have in my life. Every little thing matters and I am noticing small changes within my body and my Rheumatoid Arthritis every day.
Cortisone injections and tablets is a quick fix. It is not something that will help you forever, the same goes with medication.
It might help you for now but the side effects might catch up with you sooner than you think. Finding a healthy way to help your Rheumatoid Arthritis will benefit your body in more ways than one. This is of course a process and you need to be very determined to make a huge change in your life.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions or comments please drop them down below and I will get back to you.