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The fish oil is very beneficial to our health, because it has omega 3 and omega 6 which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, as well as other health properties that improves our cardiovascular and immune system. Recently, it was discovered that consumption of fish oil may be helpful for patients suffering from joint disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

What does fish oil contain?

Fish oils contain polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3, which is very beneficial to our health. According to Dr. Sheldon Hendler, author of Medical Reference Manual nutritional supplements, "The daily intake of at least three grams of fatty acids contained in fish oil for 12 weeks or more, has been shown to reduce morning stiffness and tender joint counts in patients with rheumatoid arthritis."

In a recent pilot study, 250 patients with osteoarthritis were given similar doses of fish oil. "They reported significant improvement of overall pain and reduced use of NSAIDs, with no ill effects of fish oil," according to the Dr. Hendler.

How do fish oils work?

Fish oils inhibit the synthesis of substances which contribute to inflammation. Osteoarthritis "consists mainly of the breakdown of cartilage in the joints associated with aging, no inflammation," said Dr. Hendler. This prevents cartilage destruction.

The fish oil can be an excellent alternative for the treatment of joint disease in the long run, since NSAIDs have major side effects when administered for prolonged therapy, with joint disease that can only be controlled and not cured.

Consumption of fish oil in conjunction with other therapies and a healthy lifestyle can greatly improve the quality of life of people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

 

 

What is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is a disease of the joints that affects teenagers and children who are 15 years or less. It is sometimes called juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis causes the lining of the joints to swell and release the liquid into the joint. The joints swell and become stiff, painful and warm to the touch.

What are the symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Symptoms can vary greatly from child to child. Your child can complain of joint pain or limp. Their joints may be very swollen and feel warm. Your child may also have stiffness in the morning or have trouble moving. You may notice that your child avoids normal activities. Your child's symptoms may come and go, and can be mild or severe. The symptoms may be short term or years.

How is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis treated?

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and its symptoms damages the joints and eyes. However, it can be managed with treatment.

Your doctor may recommend your child a combination of treatments that may include medications to relieve pain, along with physical therapy and exercise. Physical therapy and exercise can help your child to maintain range of motion and strength without causing more damage to the joints.

What about surgery?

In rare cases, children need surgery to help treat juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. You may need surgery to repair soft tissue joints if they are bent or deformed. Joint replacement surgery may be needed if the joints are badly damaged.

However, with proper treatment, most children can finally live full, normal and even symptom-free.

 

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacteria called a spirochete. Deer ticks (found in northeastern and north central United States) and the blacklegged tick West (found mostly in the Pacific Coast) are the carriers of this disease. Through bites, ticks can spread the disease to animals and humans. Usually, these ticks are about the size of a sesame seed.

Lyme disease is more common in rural and suburban areas of the states in the Northeast and Midwest. Lyme disease is also found in other parts of the United States and in Europe, Asia and Australia.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

One sign of Lyme disease is a rash, which may appear between 3 and 30 days after the tick bite. Usually, the rash begins at the site of the tick bite and could start with a small red spot and grow. The center may fade, which would create a "target" or ring appearance, but this does not always happen. Some people with Lyme disease have many red spots. The rash may hurt or feel warm to the touch.

Other symptoms of Lyme disease in the first stage include:

  • Fever.
  • Chills.
  • Headache.
  • Fatigue.
  • Joint and muscle pains.

In rare cases, Lyme disease in the first stage can spread to the heart or nervous system. If Lyme disease spreads to the heart, the person may feel slow or irregular heartbeat. The spread of Lyme disease to the nervous system can cause the face to fall (a condition called Bell's palsy), causing numbness in the arms and legs, or cause swelling of the membranes surrounding the brain (which is called meningitis).

What happens in the later stages of Lyme disease?

If Lyme disease is not treated, it can spread to other parts of the body. The symptoms of Lyme disease in later stages include arthritis (painful, swollen joints) and nervous system problems. Often Lyme arthritis affects only one of the large joints like the knee. Sometimes, it may affect more than one joint.

Although rare, symptoms of nervous system disorder caused by Lyme disease in later stages may include:

  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Changes in mood.
  • Changes in sleeping habits.
  • Memory loss.
  • Muscle weakness.

What is gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by uric acid crystals that form in one or more joints. Uric acid is a substance that forms when the body breaks down a substance called purine. This substance normally dissolves in the blood and is evacuated through the kidneys into the urine. In people who have gout, uric acid builds up and can then form sharp crystals in the joint space. This causes pain and swelling in affected joints.

What is a gout attack?

The symptoms of gout can be sudden. Usually, it begins at night, often in the big toe joint (but can also occur in the joints of the feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists). In the affected joint redness, warmth and pain. The joint hurts more when touched.

Who can develop gout?

If you eat too many foods high in purine, you may have higher risk of developing gout. Some of these foods are salmon, sardines, organ meats, asparagus, mushrooms and herring.

You are more likely to develop gout if you are overweight, if you drink excessive amounts of alcohol or have high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure. Men develop gout more often than women. Women are more likely to develop gout after menopause. Gout is also hereditary.

Drugs that can cause gout include the following:

  • Certain diuretics ("water pills") used to treat high blood pressure.
  • Niacin (a B vitamin).
  • Aspirin (taken in low doses).
  • Cyclosporine, used to prevent the body from rejecting a new organ after transplant surgery.
  • Some drugs used to treat cancer.
  • Pyrazinamide and ethambutol, used to treat tuberculosis.

What should I do if I have a gout attack?

Your doctor may prescribe medication to help stop swelling and joint pain. With treatment, your gout attack should go away within a few days. During a gout attack, you should reduce the amount of animal protein you eat and completely avoid alcohol.

You should rest in bed during an attack of gout. Place an ice pack on the joint may relieve pain. The use of support of weight of clothes or bedding on the joint may also help. The medicines you can take without a prescription that reduce inflammation and pain could also help, such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Your doctor may also prescribe medicine.