Today is February the 2nd here in Australia #RheumatoidAwarenessDay and I am taking part because I myself live with Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease #RA/RD
Arthritis is just one symptom Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease causes many Widespread symptoms affecting both inside and outside the body.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease is our own Immune System attacking itself.It affects everyone differently and is often an Invisible Disease meaning people may often think we are fine simply because we look it.
Looking fine is what people see but feeling fine is often not the case at all.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease is a chronic and Autoimmune Systemic Illness affecting many patients worldwide.
Aswell as chronic joint pain it also causes:
- Brain fog
- Weight Loss or Weight Gain
- Appetite Loss
- Dry Eyes
- Being more prone to infection
- Low Red/White Blood Count
- Heart Damage
- Dry Mouth
- Firm Lumps called Rheumatoid Nodules
- Muscle Wasting
- Morning Stiffness
- Oral Health Issues
- Shortness of Breath
- Blocked/Hardened Arteries
- Nerve Compression
- Bone Loss
- Joint Deformaties
- Chest Pain
- Skin Damage
- Lung Scarring
and a lot of other complications which include side effects from the Medications many of us take daily.
So to end my post today I will leave you with something to think about that Rheumatoid Arthritis (Disease) is MORE THAN ARTHRITIS to the patients who live with it everyday because in some cases due to complications it has also caused death.
So next time u see someone and u think to yourself “They Don’t look sick”or “They look fine”