Signs & Symptoms
Treatment & Alternative Therapies
Aids & Equipment to Improve Quality of Life
What I have learned from my research
How I would now care for someone with this condition
Recommendations I would make
As a person ages you are more inclined to suffer disease’s related to growing old such as Arthritis , Heart Disease, Diabetes .Osteoporosis, Dementia, Alzheimer’s Stroke ,Parkinson’s to name a few. For my Project I have decided to do Arthritis and its impact on the older person.
In this project I will be discussing the cause of Arthritis the signs ; symptoms treatment, aids ; equipment, prevention of Arthritis. How I would care now for someone with Arthritis and recommendations I would make for someone suffering with Arthritis. Also I will be discussing what I found interesting from my research on Arthritis.
The reason I have chose Arthritis for my project is that my mother suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis and I would like to learn about the illness Arthritis so I can help my mother cope better with this chronic illness. My mum was first diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was 28 years old after my baby sister was born. My mum is now 71 years old. She has been suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis for the past 43 years and continues to suffer with it. There are many types of Arthritis in the world. I am going to talk about Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Fibromyalgia in my project. These are the most common ones suffered by older people that share similar arthritis symptoms for example joint pain and inflammation.
The cause of Arthritis is a reduction in the normal amount of cartilage tissue in a joint. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an Autoimmune Disorder, it occurs when your body’s immune system attacks the tissues of the body. The cause of Osteoarthritis is Obesity Joint injury, or other types of joint disease. Doctors don’t know what causes Fibromyalgia. Some of the doctors think it’s an injury or trauma to the Central Nervous System or an infection or Virus in the Immune System.
Now I will talk a little more about the cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia .Rheumatoid Arthritis as I said previously is an Autoimmune Disorder that attacks the joints for example the small joints of the fingers, thumbs, wrists, feet and ankles are the most common affected. Fibromyalgia is an illness that involves both mind and body. Many people associate the development of Fibromyalgia with a physical trauma such as an accident or emotional trauma such as bereavement. Osteoarthritis is a condition that usually develops gradually over several years. It affects a number of different joints, for some people the changes are so subtle and develop over such a long period of time that are hardly noticeable, but other people may experience gradually worsening problems in the large joints such as hip or knee.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS.
I will discuss the signs and symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis ,Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia .
The main symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis are
Pain and swelling in the joints
Stiffness in the joints particularly in the morning
Redness or warmth in the joint
Inflammation around the tendons
Changes in the way you walk
The main symptoms of Osteoarthritis are
Stiff and painful joints with pain tending to be worse after exercising
Joint may creak when moved
Movement may become difficult
The main symptoms of Fibromyalgia are
Simple activities prove to be difficult .Aching stiffness and tiredness.Poor sleep quality.
Many people with Fibromyalgia ,Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis can experience anxiety and depression .Feeling depressed stressed or anxious may make the pain feel worse which may add to the stress and anxiety .People with Rheumatoid Arthritis can develop Osteoarthritis in the joints that were most affected by Rheumatoid inflammation .
There is a blood test for Rheumatoid Arthritis which measures inflammation markers,but there is no blood test for Osteoarthritis or Fibromyalgia .Osteoarthritis is diagnosed by X Ray and there is no specific test yet to diagnose Fibromyalgia .Doctors make a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia on a history of widespread pain lasting more than three months.
As you can see there are many signs and symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis ,but not so many for Fibromyalgia .Fibromyalgia is a condition that Doctors need to research more about so a diagnosis can be made quicker for the patient .