In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks mainly healthy joints, which become swollen, deformed, painful and stiff.
Pain and stiffness increase at rest and improve with movement, possibly because movement activates circulation to the area.
Stiffness and lack of mobility will promote muscle aches and tendonitis, which extend pain and further limit function.
Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in middle-aged women.
It is also associated with diabetes, hypertension, depression, and anxiety.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
The initial diagnosis is made by evaluating the symptoms, of at least six weeks of evolution.
Blood tests are also very important, with elevated blood levels of inflammatory markers such as erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP) or rheumatoid factor (RF).
Treatment is complex and multidisciplinary. Follow-up by a specialist is recommended.
It should be borne in mind that the drugs used are necessary to maintain quality of life, but often have adverse effects on other organs which should be protected.
This is why we recommend the application of systemic ozone therapy as a complementary treatment.
An anti-inflammatory diet, weight control, certain food supplements, emotional support, physiotherapy and personalized exercise plans will also be useful.
Locally, medical ozone infiltrations are very well tolerated, improve muscles and tendons and limit the use of corticosteroids.
As in other autoimmune processes, feelings of fever, general malaise, fatigue and lack of energy are common.
Digestive inflammation may also coexist, with increased intestinal permeability, which has been related to the passage of toxins into the blood.
These toxins may also enter the central nervous system and influence pain sensitivity and emotional stability.