Guía De 60 Segundos Para Artritis Reumatoide

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[/av_textblock] [/av_one_full] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/timer_601.jpg’ attachment=’1949′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth] [av_three_fourth][/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/01_raguy.jpg’ attachment=’20687′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth] [av_textblock ] ¡Hola! Este soy yo, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy. Soy un superheroe que vive con artritis reumatoide. Mi enfermedad durara una vida entera, pero leer esta guía de AR tomara solamente un minuto – lo prometo. (¡Inclusive utilicé un cronometro, como los que utilizan en películas de acción!) ¿Puede uno obtener una mejor idea de artritis reumatoide en 60 segundos? ¡Tratémoslo!
[/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/timer_551.jpg’ attachment=’1948′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth] [av_three_fourth][/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/02_questionmark.jpg’ attachment=’20688′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth] [av_textblock ] Artritis reumatoide es una enfermedad autoinmunitaria que causa una inflamación crónica de las articulaciones (y algunas veces, los órganos). Una enfermedad autoinmunitaria es un padecimiento donde el sistema inmunológico del cuerpo erróneamente identifica células saludables como células invasoras. El resultado: el cuerpo manda anticuerpos ha atacar estas células saludables. (Suena como el Joker estuviera hablando… ¿ya te encuentras confundido?)
[/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/timer_501.jpg’ attachment=’1947′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth] [av_three_fourth][/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/03_batsignal.jpg’ attachment=’20689′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth] [av_textblock ] Bueno, pretendamos que tu cuerpo es la Ciudad Gótica. Tu sistema inmunológico es Batman. ¿Tus articulaciones? Bueno, son pequeños batisignos. Batman – creyendo que la Ciudad Gótica esta siendo invadida – esta para siempre respondiendo a todos los batisignos y atacando todo a su alrededor, dejando en su paso muchos destrozos. (Nunca se da cuenta que estos batisignos son falsas alarmas.)
[/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/timer_45.jpg’ attachment=’1962′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth] [av_three_fourth][/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/04_pain.jpg’ attachment=’20690′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth] [av_textblock ] Ninguna palabra puede describir correctamente el dolor físico que artritis reumatoide causa. (Pero esta imagen mental, para mi, puede ayudar a describirlo: ¡Un camión de carga me atropella. Y entonces retrocede y me atropella nuevamente!) El dolor de artritis reumatoide es crónico y es algo que no puede ser aliviado con simplemente tomar aspirina. Este dolor es uno de los aspectos más debilitantes de vivir con AR.
[/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/timer_40.jpg’ attachment=’1961′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth] [av_three_fourth][/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/05_inflammation.jpg’ attachment=’20691′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth] [av_textblock ] El constate ataque a articulaciones que son sanas nos lleva a una inflamación – las articulaciones se vuelven rojas e inflamadas. Cuando las articulaciones están constantemente inflamadas eventualmente comienzan a cambiar de lugar. Esto puede llevar a tener desfiguración y daño en la articulación, que algunas veces puede ser permanente. Muchos de los síntomas de artritis reumatoide están directamente relacionados con este proceso inflamatorio.
[/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/timer_35.jpg’ attachment=’1960′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth] [av_three_fourth][/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/06_hinge.jpg’ attachment=’20692′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth] [av_textblock ] Articulaciones que constantemente están inflamadas por lo general empiezan a tener periodos extendidos de rigidez. Esto nos puede llevar algunas veces a una reducción drásticas de movilidad y fortaleza. Uno de los síntomas más prominentes de artritis reumatoide es rigidez en la mañana – y como una bisagra ensarrada, no podemos poner unas cuantas gotas de aceite para que las cosas estén mejor. (Ojala fuera así de simple.)
[/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/timer_30.jpg’ attachment=’1959′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth] [av_three_fourth][/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/07_guage.jpg’ attachment=’20693′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth] [av_textblock ] Cuando artritis reumatoide está activa, una persona puede llegar a estar extremadamente cansada. En realidad – sobrepasa un simple cansancio y sube a un nivel de agotamiento. Esta constante falta de energía puede ser uno de los aspectos mas limitantes de vivir con AR. Generalmente, los periodos de actividad diaria deben ser reducidos y periodos de sueño y descanso deben ser incrementados.
[/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/timer_25.jpg’ attachment=’1958′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth] [av_three_fourth][/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/08_cloud.jpg’ attachment=’20694′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth] [av_textblock ] Vivir con AR puede provocar muchos desafíos emocionales. Estrés y niveles de ansiedad pueden incrementar. Periodos de depresión, sentimientos de darse por vencido, y pensamientos de suicidio pueden darse mas frecuentemente. Afrontar una enfermedad crónica es difícil. Si sientes que tu o alguien que quieres pueda estar en peligro de hacerse daño, por favor busca ayuda.
[/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/timer_20.jpg’ attachment=’1957′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth] [av_three_fourth][/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/09_young.jpg’ attachment=’20695′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth] [av_textblock ] Artritis reumatoide no tiene ninguna relación con edad– puede afectar a gente joven y mayor de igual manera. Inclusive existe una forma de AR juvenil. Mucha gente confunde AR con osteoartritis, otra forma de artritis que generalmente es relacionada con edad. Entonces si realmente deseas dar un cumplido a alguien por verse joven, ¡adelante! (Pero por favor no te olvides, nadie es “muy joven” para tener AR).
[/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/timer_15.jpg’ attachment=’1956′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth] [av_three_fourth][/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/10_bydls.jpg’ attachment=’20696′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth] [av_textblock ] Algunas personas que viven con AR pueden tener señales visibles de daño de articulaciones, o puede que utilice aparatos que ayude con su movilidad. Pero, en muchos casos de artritis reumatoide la enfermedad es invisible. Muchas personas no muestran ningún signo visible de AR. Entonces una vez mas, si quieres dar un cumplido a alguien por lo bien que se ve, ¡adelante! (Pero por favor no te olvides, personas con AR no necesariamente se “ven enfermos”.)
[/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/timer_10.jpg’ attachment=’1955′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth] [av_three_fourth][/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/11_teamra.jpg’ attachment=’20697′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth] [av_textblock ] Actualmente no existe ninguna cura para artritis reumatoide, pero muchos tratamientos están disponibles. Como Superman tenia a su Liga de Justicia, también RA Guy tiene su Equipo AR. Una estrategia de 360° es recomendada: reumatólogo, psicólogo, físico terapeuta, acupuntor, guía espiritual, terapeuta holístico, dietista, cirujano, y terapeuta de masajes.
[/av_textblock] [/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/timer_05.jpg’ attachment=’1954′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth] [av_three_fourth][/av_three_fourth] [av_one_fourth first] [av_image src=’http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/12_star.jpg’ attachment=’20698′ align=’center’ animation=’no-animation’ link=” target=”] [/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth] [av_textblock] (¡Y ha diferencia de las películas, mis últimos cinco minutes no duran media hora!) Vivir con AR: ¡No pierdas la esperanza! Habla con un amigo, miembro de familia, compañero de trabajo acerca de AR. Visita uno de los muchos grupos de soporte en internet, fórums, y blogs que se encuentran disponibles para gente que vive con AR y sus proveedores de ayuda. ¡Juntos podemos concientizar a gente acerca de artritis reumatoide – solo toma unos minutos!
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60-Second Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Hi! This is me, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy. I am a superhero who lives with rheumatoid arthritis. My illness will last a lifetime, but reading this guide to RA will only take a minute – I promise. (I’ll even use a countdown timer, just like they do in the action movies!) Can one get a better understanding of rheumatoid arthritis in just 60 seconds? Let’s give it a try!

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints (and sometimes, the organs). An autoimmune disease is an illness where the body’s immune system mistakenly identifies healthy cells as invaders cells. The result: the body sends out antibodies to attack these healthy cells. (It sure sounds like the Joker is talking…are you confused yet?)

Okay, let’s pretend that your body is Gotham City. Your immune system is Batman. Your joints? Well, they are tiny bat signals. Batman – thinking that Gotham City is being invaded – is forever going to all the bat signals and attacking everything in the vicinity, leaving behind lots of damage. (He never seems to realize that these bat signals are actually false alarms.)

No words can accurately describe the physical pain that is caused by rheumatoid arthritis. (Although this mental image, for me, does come close: A Mack truck ran over me. And then it backed up, and ran over me again!) Rheumatoid arthritis pain is chronic and is not something that can be easily fixed with just an aspirin. This pain can be one of the most crippling aspects of living with RA.

The constant attack on otherwise healthy joints leads to inflammation – the joints become red and swollen. When joints are constantly inflamed they eventually begin to move around. This can lead to disfigurement and joint damage, which can sometimes be permanent. Many of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are directly related to this inflammatory process.

Joints that are continually inflamed often begin to experience extended periods of stiffness. This can sometimes lead to drastic reductions in strength and mobility. One of the most prominent symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis is morning stiffness – and unlike a squeaky hinge, we can’t just add a few drops of oil to make things better. (If only.)

When rheumatoid arthritis is active, a person can easily become extremely tired. Actually – it surpasses mere tiredness and rises to the level of fatigue. This constant lack of energy can be one of the most limiting aspects of life with RA. Quite often, a person’s level of daily activity must be reduced and periods of sleep and rest must be increased.

Living with RA can bring about many emotional challenges. Stress and anxiety levels may increase. Periods of depression, feelings of losing hope, and thoughts of suicide might become more frequent. Coping with chronic illness is difficult. If you feel that you or someone you love might be in danger of harming themselves, please reach out for help.

Rheumatoid arthritis is not related to age – it can affect people young and old alike. There is even a juvenile form of RA. Many people confuse RA with osteoarthritis, another form of arthritis which is typically associated with age. So if you really want to compliment a person on their young looks, go ahead! (But please don’t forget, no one is “too young” to have RA.)

Some people living with RA might show visible signs of joint damage, or may use assistive mobility devices. However, in many cases of rheumatoid arthritis the illness is invisible. Many people show no visible signs of RA. So once again, if you want to compliment someone on their good looks, go ahead. (But please don’t forget, people with RA don’t necessarily “look sick”.)

Although there is currently no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, many treatment options are available. Just as Superman had his Justice League, so too does RA Guy have his Team RA. A 360° approach is recommended: rheumatologist, psychologist, physical therapist, acupuncturist, spiritual guide, holistic healer, dietician, surgeon, and massage therapist.

(Unlike in the movies, my final five seconds don’t last half an hour!) Life with RA: Don’t lose hope! Talk to a friend, family member, or co-worker about RA. Visit one of the many online support groups, forums, and blogs that are available for people living with RA and their caregivers. Together we can increase awareness of rheumatoid arthritis – it only takes a minute!

About Me

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[/av_textblock] [av_textblock] I really am in my mid-30’s. I really am a guy. I really do live with rheumatoid arthritis.

That said, a real superhero never reveals his true identity.

My rheumatoid arthritis started when I was in my 20’s, although I had no idea back then that I was dealing with rheumatoid arthritis.  My heels hurt, my knees creaked, and I slowly began to realize that these and other symptoms became more prominent during winter.  I thought this was the normal aging process and that my body was just a little more achy because of the cold weather.  (Ahh, the innocence of youth.)

As soon as I reached my 30’s, my body went haywire.  The pain never went away. I lost the use of my knees.  During my odyssey from doctor to doctor, I stumbled upon a rheumatologist, who confirmed that I did indeed have rheumatoid arthritis.  I really did not know much about rheumatoid arthritis up until the time I was diagnosed.

In the five year since my diagnosis, I have learned a lot about  rheumatoid arthritis.

I learned what TENS means. I gained weight. I regained the use of my knees. I got on meds. I got off meds. I got back on meds. I started doing yoga. I lost a lot of weight. I started taking hot baths. I started sleeping with wool socks. I started taking lots of NSAIDs. I started having stomach problems. I got depressed. I started wearing ankle braces. I started wearing wrist braces. I got happy. I started meditating. I started writing positive affirmations. I started pacing myself through my day-to-day activities. I went into remission. I came out of remission. I had lots of flares. I started therapy. I started getting early joint damage. I started this blog.

Most importantly, I started to learn how to LIVE with rheumatoid arthritis.

I have no doubt that I still have a lot to learn.  I wish to share some of my ups and downs as I continue my journey through chronic pain and debilitating inflammation.  I hope to use humor to try to lighten the situation.  To my fellow superheros, when your joints start signaling with pulsating pain and red inflammation, please know – Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy is there!
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