Rheumatoid arthritis varies from person to person and tends to develop gradually over time (although for about 1 in 5 people the condition develops rapidly¹). Since the swelling is intermittent, the symptoms and the pain may come and go.
The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
The most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:
- Joint pain and swelling
- Joint stiffness, often first thing in the morning
Because it’s an autoimmune disease there are often non-localised symptoms too, including tiredness, anaemia, flu-like symptoms and feeling hot and sweating.
Less common symptoms include weight loss, rheumatoid nodules (fleshy lumps below the elbows or on hands and feet) and inflammation of other body parts, for example the lungs.
During flare-ups, the pain of rheumatoid arthritis can cause real distress and make daily life challenging, leading sometimes to feelings of depression.
Why Ibuleve is recommended for
Ibuleve can help to play an important role in managing the pain of non-serious rheumatoid arthritis and so making the condition easier to live with.
You can use Ibuleve to bring effective pain relief right to the affected joint whenever the condition flares up or the pain becomes problematic.
The gel is easily absorbed to help reduce the inflammation that is often the leading cause of the pain.
Managing the condition
A big part of living with rheumatoid arthritis lies in recognising that its severity can ebb and flow.
By spotting the onset of flare-ups, you can work around them. For example, pause your more strenuous tasks until you’re feeling better and try to rest when swelling and pain occurs.
There’s no specific diet guaranteed to help with rheumatoid arthritis. However, there’s some scientific evidence that diets can help if they:
- Are low in saturated fats
- Are high in unsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids which are found in oily fish (consumed within UK guidelines for fish intake)
- Include a good supply of vitamin C
A balance of exercise and rest is recommended. Activities such as swimming that are gentle on the joints can help you maintain flexibility (and fitness too).