Orlando, FL — May 12, 2016 — Rheumatoid arthritis in itself is already a painful and debilitating condition. Many people struggle to live and deal with it on a daily basis. There are things to do and avoid to make the condition manageable, and one is to increase one’s protection against complications.
Certain risk factors increase the risk of gastrointestinal problems in rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. These risk factors are the use of RA medications, inflammation associated with the condition, and smoking.
Studies reveal that individuals with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to suffer from GI problems than individuals who don’t have the arthritic condition. It is believed that compromised immunity and higher levels of inflammation associated with RA play a role in the development of GI problems.
One of the risk factors is fibromyalgia. According to research, around 20 to 30 percent of individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis also develop fibromyalgia. Individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia typically experience symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
The Journal of Nutrition published a study in 2011. It was found that most rheumatoid arthritis sufferers experienced gastrointestinal problems. According to the study, 66 percent suffered from constipation and 11 percent from diarrhea. The condition has been linked with imbalance in the intestinal bacteria.
In 2012, the Journal of Rheumatology published a study. It was revealed that the risk of developing lower or upper GI event was higher among individuals with RA by 70 percent than the non-sufferers. Unfortunately, when the events happened, they were severe and required hospitalization.
Due to the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, many sufferers use pharmaceutical drugs formulated to reduce pain and inflammation. One of these medications is the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
While these medications are helpful, their use has been associated with side effects. GI problems are among the most common side effects of using these pharmaceutical drugs.
Experts believe that an increased awareness of the NSAIDs side effects could help sufferers make a safe and wise decision in managing their pain. The good news is that there are natural alternatives for these medications.
Natural alternatives such as glucosamine have been popularly used by individuals who suffer from arthritic conditions. They believe that glucosamine could deliver the pain relief they need without exposing them to side effects.
Glucosamine is not just used by individuals with arthritis but also athletes. It is thought to repair damaged cartilage and improve overall joint health. Some of the best glucosamine supplements nowadays contain natural ingredients such as methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) (www.amazon.com/Glucosamine-Sulfate-Supplement-2000mg-serving/dp/B0126ZF0B0).
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