Rheumatism or rheumatic disorder is an umbrella term for conditions causing chronic, often intermittent pain affecting the joints and/or connective tissue. The term “rheumatism”, however, does not designate any specific disorder but covers at least 200 different conditions.

Below is a list of major rheumatic disorders currently recognized:

  • Back pain
  • Bursitis/Tendinitis of the shoulder, wrist, biceps, leg, kneecap (patella), ankle, hip, and Achilles tendon
  • Capsulitis
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Palindromic rheumatism has been theorized to be a form of rheumatoid arthritis

There has long been a link between “rheumatic” pain and the weather. Although there appears to be no firm evidence in favour or against; a 1995 questionnaire given to 557 people by A. Naser and others at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Pain Management Center concludes that “changes in barometric pressure are the main link between weather and pain. Low pressure is generally associated with cold, wet weather and an increase in pain. Clear, dry conditions signal high pressure and a decrease in pain.”

If you have recently been diagnosed with arthritis or one of the other rheumatic diseases, it’s understandable that you may be feeling anxious or even a little overwhelmed. This is a natural response to an unexpected turn in the road for anyone. How do you handle your very real concerns? Know the facts, starting with the reality. With proper treatment, you can manage this condition and still live a good and productive life.

The available treatment plans will likely include, but not limited to medications, regular exercise, a healthy diet, stress management, and rest. So, I strongly recommend that once you feel any incessant unusual pains, visit your doctor to know what the cause of the pain is and to start an early treatment. Diseases can be managed properly if an early diagnosis is carried out.

Health is wealth. I wish you have a great health.


Compiled by Temitope Ikusika

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