Treating Aching Joints – This Simple Cheap Test Diagnoses Arthritis in a Matter of Minutes
The earlier you diagnose your arthritis, the easier it is to treat it. This is true both for traditional medicines as well as natural cures (more on that in a bit).
At present, a musculoskeletal ultrasound is the best diagnostic tool to identify arthritis early, but it is expensive and ineffective since joint swelling is often not present at the beginning of the disease.
But a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports shows there is actually a simple and cheap test to diagnose arthritis and avoid deformities.
In fact, it can be done in almost all doctor’s offices.
Thermography is the new “hot” kid on the block of disease diagnosis. Previously, it was used to diagnose cancer and limited forms of diabetes. That led scientists to wonder whether it could be used to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, especially since it involves high levels of inflammation.
The study included 51 healthy volunteers and 31 arthritis sufferers, who had been diagnosed with wrist and finger arthritis via a musculoskeletal ultrasound. They had no inflammation of the synovial membrane. They also experienced no pain and exhibited no swelling. In other words, they were asymptomatic.
Researchers used a Flir T630 therma camera to test the temperature of their subject’s palms and fingers.
Healthy participants had an average palm temperature of 29.37 °C and a finger temperature of 27.16°C whereas those with arthritis had an average of 31.4 °C and 30.22 °C respectively.
They concluded people with a palm temperature above 31.5 °C and a finger temperature above 30.3 °C were more likely to have arthritis.
Because there is little to no inflammation early on in the disease, scientists concluded the success of the thermography test was due to detecting some subclinical disease activity. Whatever the reason, this is a cheap test that can be used to diagnose arthritis as early as possible to improve the chance of treating it successfully.
But early arthritis detection tests will not cure your disease. Treating Aching Joints – For this, you need to follow these simple 3 steps to naturally reverse your arthritis starting today…
Treating Aching Joints – This Vaccine Is Essential for Arthritis Patients
The controversy over vaccines is strong these days. People are strongly for or against them.
There is one vaccine, however, you most likely want to take if you’ve developed arthritis, at least before you use any prescription medications.
But only if you had chickenpox as a kid.
Numerous studies have found that shingles is more common in the arthritic population than it is in their healthy non-arthritic counterparts.
To make the situation even worse, the most common drugs doctors prescribe for arthritis tend to suppress your immune system’s response to shingles even further, meaning that physician-treated arthritics often carry a double risk for shingles.
Shingles is caused by the herpes zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox.
After having chickenpox as a child, the virus remains dormant in your body throughout your adult life, putting you at risk of shingles when it unexpectedly erupts again.
In a new edition of the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, researchers describe a study in which they claim that a shingles vaccine is essential for arthritis patients.
In the study, they gave 112 patients with rheumatoid arthritis a shingles vaccine two to three weeks before they started the common anti-arthritis drug called tofacitinib (a Janus kinase inhibitor, for those who want to be technical).
Half of them were given tofacitinib while the other half was given a placebo or fake treatment.
The patients given the vaccine were no more likely than non-arthritic people to develop shingles, whereas non-vaccinated arthritis patients frequently had shingles.
One of their participants did develop a Varicella Zoster infection, but it was later learned that this person did not have chickenpox as a child.
Varicella zoster is the virus in the vaccine that is supposed to trigger the immune response against the awakening of the herpes zoster virus.
This suggests that the vaccine should be given only to arthritics who had chickenpox as children. After all, those who didn’t have chickenpox are at very low risk of getting shingles.
But the real question is, do you want to use prescription medications with serious side effects or do you want to cure your arthritis naturally?
Treating Aching Joints – Unrelated Pill Prevents Arthritis
The pharmaceutical search for an effective arthritis medication has been very bumpy to say the least. Several drugs have been pulled out of the market after being proven to be both useless and dangerous.
But maybe a pill already exists that can prevent arthritis? One that was never meant to take on this task and used by millions of women already.
In fact, a new study recently published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases shows that those taking this pill have a significant reduction in arthritis flare-up than non-users.
Women are three times more likely than men to be affected by rheumatoid arthritis, which has led many researchers to investigate whether there is a hormonal aspect among its various causes.
For this reason, a research team decided to examine what effect the oral contraceptive pill had on women’s risk for this painful, inflammatory joint disease.
They asked volunteers in the Swedish Epidemiological Investigation of RA study to complete a questionnaire on their taking of oral contraceptives, breastfeeding, smoking, alcohol consumption, and other factors that might influence the results.
When they compared 2,641 arthritic women with 4,251 nonarthritic women, they found that women who ever used the contraceptive pill were 15% less likely than never-users to develop rheumatoid arthritis.
This was after they excluded smoking, alcohol use, and other habits known to be contributing factors in the development of this disease.
For more ideas on treating aching joints, watch this video – Relaxing Yoga for Healthy Joints & Flexibility with Julia, Pain Relief, Beginners Full Body Stretch
This post is from the Arthritis Strategy Program. It was created by Shelly Manning, a former arthritis sufferer and a health consultant.
A Brief Background on the Author
Like you, Shelly Manning also suffered from arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis. This was due to her weight and desk job. Her condition eventually took a toll on her relationship with her (former) husband.
It was when she went to Hong Kong that she met Janerdquo, an old woman who owned the restaurant where she ate. Janerdquo supposedly offered her a bowl of a weird-smelling soup, which helped ease her joint pain. She ate there each day for 10 days until she was completely healed from arthritis.
Shelly Manning decided to research this natural remedy and to create a step-by-step treatment plan to others who are suffering from different types of arthritis, such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and psoriatic arthritis.
That’s why she created “The Arthritis Step By Step Strategy.” According to her claims, this unique strategy will get rid of joint pain and stiffness, repair your damaged joints, and treat the underlying cause of your arthritis.
Shelly teamed up with Christian Goodman, the owner of Blue Heron Health News, a publishing company that aims to help people to take responsibility for their own health by using natural health alternatives for preventing arthritis in fingers and knees naturally.
To find out more about this program, go to Treating Aching Joints