What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis? (2022)

Biblical Insights Into the Possible Spiritual Root Cause of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Although Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are different diseases, they share this one thing in common; they are both Autoimmune Diseases. In the medical community, a great mystery about Autoimmune Disease that they cannot answer is what causes the body’s immune system to deviate and attack its own body parts. The information we are sharing with you today will merge the medical understanding of MS and RA with scriptural insights. This isn’t just a theory. Many people have received these insights at our conferences and retreats, and applied them to their lives, and are now completely healed from MS and RA. We look deeper than just the physiological issue to understand what causes MS and RA from a spiritual standpoint, according to the Word of God.

The Word says that from creation, God created man in His image. He designed us so that when we remain in His image we will thrive and function at our highest possible level. If, however, we follow ways of thinking about ourselves that are not in agreement with God’s ways, there may be an open door to disease in our lives. The enemy wants to separate us from God’s love and to rob us of our identity as sons and daughters of God. When we look at the specific profiles of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis, we see especially how this plan from the enemy may be operating.

To understand who we are, we need to know who God is

The Word is full of descriptions of God’s nature. Galatians 5:22-23 talks about the fruit of His Spirit which is His nature manifest in us:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 KJV

1 Corinthians 13: tells us of His nature of love and what that looks like:

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 KJV

And Psalm 103 describes His compassion, patience, mercy, and nature of forgiveness for us. And that’s only a fraction of what can be found in the Word.

God’s desire is to form us into our identity as His children, in His image, according to His nature. Psalm 139 talks about how thoughtfully and carefully He designed and created each one of us. We’re each designed with a specific personality, characteristics, and our own unique purpose and place that are prepared for us in His family if we will accept it.

Digging into the possible spiritual roots Autoimmune Diseases

There is nothing the enemy would love more than to rob us of our identity and to form us into his image. He’ll try to get us to listen to fear which disarms our faith and prevents us from being able to trust Him completely. So we act fatherless like we have no one who will cover us, and we feel the need to protect ourselves. Another tactic the enemy will use is to try to form bitterness and offense in our hearts this separates us from the love of God and the ability to love ourselves and others.

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Another big battlefield is when the enemy makes us believe that we are unlovable. He’ll make us forget that we are accepted in the beloved and treasured by our Heavenly Father. This brings all kinds of torment to us. Then he tells us that we are unacceptable and rejected. He’ll make us believe that, for whatever reason, we will never measure up, and therefore, just don’t fit into the body of Christ.

Separation from the love of God opens the door to disease

The enemy knows that if he can rob us of our identity, then he has the power to bring every manner of disease and torment into our lives. He wants to make us believe that we are separated from the love of our father. Therefore, we cannot accept the position that Father God has given us in His family as an accepted, beloved son or daughter, not for what we do but because of His great, unconditional love for us.

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:7-10 KJV

Recognize the battleground that paves the way for Autoimmune Diseases

In the battle against Autoimmune Diseases, we need to begin to recognize the areas in our lives that the enemy has come to separate us from our identity as children of God and in the image of God. The image of God is His nature in us. God wants to help us line our hearts back up with His. We must choose to begin to accept what He says about us as truth. We also need to tear down the lies of the enemy that have established another way of thinking in our lives.

Autoimmune Diseases are a classic example of diseases that come because we have been robbed of our identity. We’ve been trained by the enemy, often through our generations, to think and believe a certain way about ourselves. This way of thinking tries to negate our value and purpose in the Kingdom of God and causes us to turn against ourselves. This dynamic is often at play as the root issue behind both Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

What causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?

All Autoimmune Disease is a result of the body attacking the body. Physiologically it operates as the immune system flags parts of our own body as the ‘enemy’ and our white corpuscles attacking that part of the body in response.

In Rheumatoid Arthritis, the white corpuscles are attacking the connective tissue of the joints. This is a skeletal issue. Our skeleton is directly affected by issues of our identity.

A person with Rheumatoid Arthritis is possibly dealing with an issue of self against self. Perhaps they struggle with accepting themselves for who God created them to be and maybe they fall into the trap of comparingthemselves to others as a result.

We were not created or called to be anyone other than ourselves. Each person needs to settle in their own hearts that they are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God, not of someone else. God does not make accidents. Some people don’t just fly below the radar and, “oh wups!” here they are without a purpose or value. No, each person was thoughtfully designed and created with specific characteristics that make them uniquely suited for the purpose they were created for.

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The problem is that, perhaps from childhood or from their generations, the enemy has been working to separate them from that purpose and to belittle their value in the world. He might use the words of others and life circumstances to cement this way of thinking.

The main possible spiritual roots of Rheumatoid Arthritis

In Rheumatoid Arthritis, the enemy can use comparison and self-accusation to change a person’s identity and cause self-image issues. They may struggle with an unhealthy fixation on physical appearance or performance. The person cannot accept themselves for who they are, where they’re at, or how they appear.

When their body begins to be trained by the chemical response to this pattern of thought, a spirit of infirmity may joins them to say, “Hey, the enemy is not this virus or invading organism, it’s actually my own skeleton, my own joints!” As a result, the very thing the person struggles with most, their appearance, becomes gnarled and deformed.

Beginning the healing process from Rheumatoid Arthritis

Freedom comes when a person returns to Father God and seeks His heart and His perspective about who they are. When they can accept and trust that they were specially and specifically designed to be a unique and valuable part of creation and of the body of Christ, their body quits fighting itself.

Overcoming is a choice. It’s choosing to believe God’s Word over the enemy’s lies. It’s also a process. These ways of thinking may be so familiar and normal that, often, it’s hard to even recognize them. That’s where God can meet us. We can ask Him to show us the hidden things in our heart and to restore those broken places so that we can be returned to what He created us to be.

Where does our value come from?

We need to find our value and our worth, not in appearances, not in performance, not in what other people think about us, but in the simple fact that we are children of God. He is the only place that we can go to truly find our identity because only He knows exactly who He designed us to be.

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. Psalm 139: 13-18 KJV

What causes Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis also involves a self vs. self dynamic. Only, in this case, the immune system is attacking the myelin sheath of the nerves. It begins to eat away at the protective covering of the nerves and at first, it may only intercept a nerve signal, but as it continues to deteriorate, the nerve signal may get cut off altogether causing impairment or debilitation of body functions.

The difference between the root issues behind RA and MS

Spiritually, the difference between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis is this: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an issue of a person having conflict with themselves and their identity. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is rooted in a person who has completely written off or rejected themselves and their identity. The enemy has led them to a place of self-hatred that is causing their body to try to destroy its self and its ability to function.

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The questions that are in jeopardy in this person’s identity are: Who am I? Why am I here? And Who cares?

Understanding the battleground around MS

The enemy may have come into this person’s life through self-accusation to convince them that they have absolutely no worth, no importance and no purpose on this earth. They may even believe that they were a mistake, a failure, or should never have been born.

They often struggle with believing that they were created for a purpose and that they have a place just as important as the person next to them. This comes down to a choice. Who are they going to believe? Can they recognize how the enemy has lied to them and reject those lies? Can they search out God’s heart for them and choose to believe His Word and what He says about them?

Accusation is not only trying to destroy the person but to separate them from the love and relationship with Father God. It will accuse Him and say that He made a mistake in creating them. The key to healing is lining up what they believe about themselves and speak about themselves with what God thinks about them, not the enemy.

God is full of mercy and ready to help us overcome

The Word says that God does not hold our sins or failures over our heads but removes them as far as the East is from the West.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:11-12 KJV

It says that He has mercy and compassion and patience for us and does not reward us according to our iniquity. He knows that we are only humans, made of dust, and does not expect perfection from us.

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. Psalm 103:8-10 KJV

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. Psalm 103:13-14 KJV

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Learning how to see yourself from God’s perspective will bring healing

If that’s the case, who’s holding the measuring stick? Who’s telling us that we are not good enough, not acceptable, and not lovable? The Word also says that man looks after the outward appearance – that would be performance and physical appearance- but God looks at the heart. If that’s what He looks at, we need to place our own invested interest in our heart as well. We need to learn to treasure our heart the way He does. He sees those broken, hurting places in our hearts and has love and compassion for us. He also has solutions to pull us back to Himself and heal and recover us.

Did you know that we can have that compassion for ourselves as well? If we are to be like our Father, that’s exactly what we need to do. If that’s a struggle for us, we can ask Him to help us see ourselves the way He sees us. His perspective may be so different from what we are familiar with but His vision, His love, and patience for us will be the key that opens the doors to our freedom and healing. It’s time to reprogram our brains with a superior script, the one that comes from the living Word of God!

Blessings,

The Be in Health Team

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FAQs

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis? ›

The causes of MS and RA are unknown. Researchers believe that both conditions are related to genetics. Having specific genes or a family history can increase your risk for RA or MS.

Is there a link between rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis? ›

Patients with MS had a higher incidence of rheumatoid arthritis (age-adjusted standardized incidence ratio: 1.72; 95% confidence interval = 1.01–2.91). There was a positive correlation in being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in patients previously diagnosed with MS when stratified by sex and age.

What do rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis have in common? ›

Symptoms of RA and MS that are similar include numbness and tingling, muscle weakness, fatigue, vision problems, eye pain, and difficulty walking. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and MS (multiple sclerosis) are both autoimmune diseases.

What is the root cause of rheumatoid arthritis? ›

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition, which means it's caused by the immune system attacking healthy body tissue. However, it's not yet known what triggers this. Your immune system normally makes antibodies that attack bacteria and viruses, helping to fight infection.

What is the root cause of multiple sclerosis? ›

Multiple sclerosis is caused by your immune system mistakenly attacking the brain and nerves. It's not clear why this happens but it may be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Biblical Insights Into the Possible Spiritual Root Cause of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Although Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are different diseases, they share this one thing in common; they are both Autoimmune Diseases. In the medical community, a great mystery about Autoimmune Disease that they cannot answer is what causes the body's

Although Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are different diseases, they share this one thing in common; they are both Autoimmune Diseases.. The Word says that from creation, God created man in His image .. The enemy wants to separate us from God’s love and to rob us of our identity as sons and daughters of God.. And Psalm 103 describes His compassion, patience, mercy, and nature of forgiveness for us.. He’ll make us believe that, for whatever reason, we will never measure up, and therefore, just don’t fit into the body of Christ.. He wants to make us believe that we are separated from the love of our father .. In the battle against Autoimmune Diseases, we need to begin to recognize the areas in our lives that the enemy has come to separate us from our identity as children of God and in the image of God.. Each person needs to settle in their own hearts that they are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God, not of someone else.. No, each person was thoughtfully designed and created with specific characteristics that make them uniquely suited for the purpose they were created for.. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is rooted in a person who has completely written off or rejected themselves and their identity.. They often struggle with believing that they were created for a purpose and that they have a place just as important as the person next to them.. Can they search out God’s heart for them and choose to believe His Word and what He says about them?

Multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis are autoimmune diseases with a few similar symptoms. Explore the differences and learn how to tell them apart.

Symptoms : Some symptoms of MS and RA are similar, such as fatigue and weakness.. Progression : Both RA and MS are progressive diseases, meaning they get worse over time.. In RA, the joints are affected.. The differing symptoms of RA and MS include:. Rheumatoid Arthritis Joints on both sides of the body are affected at the same time. How much damage has been done to the affected areas The progression of the disease How it is continually affecting the body If remission is possible. The faster treatment begins, the better chance people have at slowing the progression of the disease.. There are several similarities between the two diseases, such as some symptoms, the type of problems that develop, and how it progresses over time.. In MS, the immune system attacks the central nervous system, whereas in RA, it attacks cartilage in the joints.. Since MS affects the central nervous system, early symptoms can develop in various areas of the body.. The early symptoms of MS can include bladder and bowel dysfunction, numbness and tingling in the body, a tight-squeezing feeling around the torso (an MS hug), and weakness and fatigue.

We describe the case of a 59 year old man with longstanding multiple sclerosis (MS) since his early fifties, who after many years developed the clinical and serological manifestations of erosive rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This rare association is interesting owing to the overlapping pathophysiological similarities of T cell and tumour necrosis factor α (TNFα) in both diseases.1,2 The MS musculoskeletal complaints masked proper assessment of his RA, resulting in a delayed diagnosis. As far as we know, this is the first case in which MS, RA, and serum anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL) have been found to be present simultaneously. A 48 year old man presented to the orthopaedic clinic with left knee and foot pain and an associated mild weakness on the left side. Examination confirmed patellofemoral crepitus, and spastic paraparesis. A diagnosis of MS was made, supported by oligoclonal bands …

We describe the case of a 59 year old man with longstanding multiple sclerosis (MS) since his early fifties, who after many years developed the clinical and serological manifestations of erosive rheumatoid arthritis (RA).. There was no active synovitis on musculoskeletal examination.. The opposite is also true, that MS diagnosis can be delayed in patients with active RA, further highlighting the possibility that most of the reported cases of demyelinating process in patients with RA treated with TNFα antagonist represent exacerbation of a pre-existing state of early MS. 4,5. 7 Hence, aCL as in this case, did not influence or change the clinical form of MS.. It emphasises the need to consider this potential rare association to avoid delayed diagnosis of RA in patients with MS.

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis? The specific causes of rheumatoid arthritis (RA as it's often shortened to in the medical community) have yet to be identified. This is true despite decades of medical research. However, while we don't know specifically what brings about RA and the symptoms it is known to…

However, while we don’t know specifically what brings about RA and the symptoms it is known to create — such as joint pain, stiffness, fatigue, and low-grade fever — we do know that it is the result of an autoimmune disorder which ultimately affects the joints.. In fact, oftentimes the pain in the joints is so severe that the people suffering from RA are advised to take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen or some other type of anti-rheumatic drug to help ease the pain in the joints created by RA.. Even though the exact causes of RA are unknown, researchers have identified that it is the result of an autoimmune disorder which creates joint inflammation, pain, stiffness, and other common RA symptoms.. While having a specific history of RA in your family can increase the chances of your own development of the disease, this does not always guarantee that you will develop this type of inflammation.. Rheumatoid factor is an antibody which, in higher levels, can indicate that someone is at a higher risk of the development of a rheumatoid nodule or other rheumatoid disease which results in joint damage.. Another way that genetics may potentially play a role in the potential development of RA is when a person has another genetic condition that weakens his or her immune system.. That puts this age range specifically at risk for developing the symptoms associated with RA, the pain and the stiffness in the joints, leading them in search of effective treatment methods in higher numbers than other segments of the population.. That makes doing blood tests and addressing these levels a prospective treatment option for patients with RA as joint symptoms are reduced during pregnancy as well as during a woman’s postovulatory stage of the menstrual cycle, when reproductive hormone levels tend to be higher.. As for non-genetic risk factors, researchers consider the possibility that obesity, smoking, and poor health in general could be potential contributing factors in developing the pain and stiffness commonly felt by patients with RA.. Although no evidence can directly link RA to obesity, smoking, and overall bad health, these are still prominent risk factors and should be controlled as preventative measures when it comes to achieving and maintaining healthy joints.. Ongoing research continues to further identify the causes of RA in patients, the risk factors, the symptoms — such as severe pain in the joints — that this condition creates, as well as effective treatment options.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own tissue. The causes of these attacks are complex and not fully understood.

genetics trauma sex infection with a bacteria or virus. Researchers suspect infectious agents like bacteria could cause inflammation that triggers RA.. Examples of trauma include:. Cigarette smoking can affect the onset of RA, the severity of symptoms, and the effectiveness of treatment.. Researchers think smoking causes faulty immune functioning if you already have certain genetic factors that make you more likely to develop RA.. Smoking can increase the severity of symptoms in people with RA.. Never smoking or quitting smoking can help reduce your chances of developing RA.. Breastfeeding, and the increased hormone levels associated with it, may also worsen RA symptoms.. Being obese alone isn’t likely a sole contributing factor to RA.. Continuing research to determine potential causes and targeted treatments for managing RA remains a priority for researchers.

What causes MS? Researchers aren't sure, but they think it's a combo of genes plus environment. Here are the 12 things linked to a higher risk of multiple sclerosis.

“We have always been puzzled by this,” says Dr. Rose.. Getty Images Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a host of illnesses—including MS.. Getty Images. This is strange, but true.. Finnish researchers found that spring babies are at higher risk of MS.. their grandchildren—may be at a higher risk for developing MS.“ This suggests that environmental factors may play a role, he says.. Smokers and ex-smokers are more likely to be diagnosed with MS than people who never smoked and the more cigarettes you smoke the higher the risk (5-fold greater risk at more than 4 packs a day).. However, it’s more likely to occur in people ages 20 to 50.. There is, however, a growing body of evidence for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which causes mononucleosis.. Getty Images. Autoimmune diseases tend to cluster.. This means that if you have one, you may also develop others.. However, the link isn't as strong with other autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, says Dr. Rose.. Getty Images. While the environment has an impact on MS risk, so too, does genetics.. "If a mom has MS, her children have a 5% risk of having MS, and if a dad does, his daughters also have a 5% risk, but his sons have less of a risk,” says Dr. Rose.. It’s usually a combo of factors—genes and environmental triggers—that result in MS, even within families.. Getty Images. Stress can worsen MS symptoms and some research suggests that it can even increase the risk of developing MS in the first place.

Psoriatic arthritis and multiple sclerosis are both autoimmune diseases that result when the immune system malfunctions and attacks healthy tissues.

With PsA, the immune system attacks the skin and joints.. Both have symptoms that come and go in the form of flare-ups (times of higher disease activity and more symptoms) and remission (times of fewer symptoms and reduced disease activity).. Joint warmth and redness of affected joints. Low back pain: Some people with PsA develop a condition called spondylitis, inflammation of the joints of the vertebrae of the spine.. Symptoms of MS can affect movement, vision, and function.. Numbness or weakness of the limbs, frequently affecting one side of the body at a time Electric shock sensations that are felt with certain movements, especially when bending the neck Muscle stiffness and spasms Tremors Lack of coordination or an unsteady gait Eye problems (which usually affect one eye at a time) such as partial or complete vision loss, pain with eye movement, double vision, and/or blurred vision Slurred speech Dizziness Fatigue Tingling or pain in different body areas Problems with sexual, bowel, or bladder function. This includes inflammation of one or more joints, tendon inflammation, swollen fingers and toes, spinal inflammation, and nail and skin symptoms.. Treatment for both conditions can help manage symptoms, slow down disease progression, prevent complications, and improve your quality of life.. Your doctor may also recommend treatments to manage specific symptoms, including:. These might include:. PsA and MS are not preventable diseases.. With PsA, researchers know that some people have a higher risk for the condition, but there is no treatment or tool to prevent a person from getting PsA.. Psoriatic arthritis and multiple sclerosis are both autoimmune diseases that result when the immune system malfunctions and attacks healthy tissues.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments and More

About Arthritis What Is Arthritis?. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments and More. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes joint inflammation and pain.. Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life.. Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life.

Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are two rare autoimmune diseases. These diseases have distinctive causes, but there is a great deal of overlap in both their

Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are two rare autoimmune diseases.. Some people with one of these diseases notice that they have symptoms more consistent with other autoimmune illnesses.. According to the National Resource Center on Lupus , lupus, also known as systemic lupus erythematosus, is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect the skin, joints, and organs of the body.. Like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis (or RA for short) is an autoimmune disease that attacks tissues throughout the body.. Most people with autoimmune diseases will have times when they have few symptoms and times when their symptoms are very severe.. Ultimately we do not know why some people develop autoimmune diseases.. Although lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are different diseases, there are several symptoms that they have in common.. Distinctive facial rash called a malar or butterfly rash Raised purple or red patches on the skin call ‘discoid lupus’ The presence of antinuclear antibodies The presence of other antibodies associated with lupus Skin symptoms that worsen with exposure to sunlight, which is called photosensitivity Inflammation of the heart or lungs Kidney symptoms, indicated by the presence of special proteins called casts in the urine Anemia, abnormalities of white blood cells, or other bloodwork consistent with lupus Neurological symptoms such as seizure Arthritis that isn’t caused by other known causes of joint disease. Rheumatoid symptoms in one or more joints (one point per joint affected, up to five points) The presence of antibodies associated with RA in the bloodstream, including rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP antibodies (one point per antibody present, up to three points) A positive erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) or C-reactive protein (CRP), both of which indicate high levels of inflammation in the body (one point) Presence of symptoms for more than six weeks (one point). People who have either lupus or rheumatoid arthritis must be very careful to reduce risk factors for flares.. A doctor can help to sort out symptoms, give education about the disease, and develop a treatment plan to help patients live a longer, healthier life.

Rheumatoid arthritis (also referred to by its acronym, RA) is, as anyone who has it will tell you, a painfully debilitating condition that takes a serious

In other words, if you have RA, there is probably a good chance that you currently have or will develop GI problems.. That begs the question of “How are RA and GI issues linked and can either be cured?” The answer is, as indicated below, complex, but those with RA and GI should know that it is possible to reverse the severity of symptoms.. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a type of chronic inflammatory disease (as well as an autoimmune disorder) which is most highly characterized by inflammation around the joints.. Additionally, because it is an autoimmune disease, having RA means that your body is attacking itself by mistake.. Again, as with autoimmune diseases, some individuals seem to be genetically predisposed to IBS.. Many of those who have RA also have these food intolerances, and some choose to cut these foods from their diets in order to help decrease inflammation.. Another culprit behind RA inflammation and gut issues is Candida albicans.. There are specific foods which appear to cause gut inflammation almost across the board and are foods you should consider removing from your diet.. Probiotics are another potential source of healing, especially when it comes to your gut.. Discovering what might be triggering inflammation in your gut is a major step in the healing process.

Scleroderma 

About Arthritis What Is Arthritis?. Scleroderma, which means “hard skin,” is a rare disease that affects the skin and connective tissue (fibers that provide structure and support to the body).. Localized scleroderma mainly affects the skin and is more common in children; systemic scleroderma may affect many body parts and is more common in adults.. In some cases, it may also cause organ tissues to harden, which can affect the way the organ works.. There are two types of systemic scleroderma:. There is no cure for scleroderma, but treatment can help manage symptoms.. Medications and moisturizers treat hardened skin and prevent it from drying out.. Smoking worsens Raynaud’s and lung disease.. Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life.. Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life.. As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability.

Researchers believe rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, like smoking and alcohol use.

It’s an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the body instead of protecting them.. Studies have found that relatives of patients with RA have an increased risk of developing the disease.. These can be triggered by something else, like smoking, and increase your risk of developing the condition.. HLA-DRB1 is the strongest known genetic risk factor for the development of RA and several variations of this gene are associated with an increased risk of developing the condition.. Smoking reduces immune system function and can put people with RA at a greater risk of developing other autoimmune diseases.. This damage can increase the risk of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.. Some research has found that alcohol use may reduce RA symptoms.. RA develops when an autoimmune response is triggered by certain factors in a person who is genetically predisposed to the condition.

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What is multiple sclerosis?. Multiple sclerosis symptoms may also include:. Most people with MS have a relapsing-remitting disease course.. These factors may increase your risk of developing multiple sclerosis:. People with multiple sclerosis may also develop:. National Multiple Sclerosis Society.. https://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS. Accessed Dec. 14, 2018.. Multiple sclerosis.. Pathogenesis, clinical features, and diagnosis of pediatric multiple sclerosis.. Multiple sclerosis.. https://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS/Who-Gets-MS/Pediatric-MS/Care-for-Pediatric-MS. Accessed March 5, 2020.. Multiple sclerosis.

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But fibromyalgia — often called “fibro” — and multiple sclerosis (MS) are two very distinct health conditions with very different causes and treatments, despite having some features in common.. Fibromyalgia and MS may have some more vague symptoms in common, such as problems with focus and concentration , fatigue , and depression .. But despite some similarities, “for the most part, there is no mistaking symptoms of MS with fibromyalgia,” says Philip Cohen, MD, a rheumatologist, professor of medicine and professor of microbiology and immunology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia.. Read more to learn about the different symptoms of fibromyalgia vs. multiple sclerosis, how fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis are each diagnosed, and how treatments for fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis differ.. While many people with MS develop relatively mild issues (especially with newer treatments that can help prevent MS flares and disease progression), those with severe illness can lose mobility and speech and experience other complications.. The most common type of MS — called relapsing-remitting MS, which is what 85 percent of patients are first diagnosed with — is characterized by attacks, or flares, of new symptoms followed by periods of remission.. Though they have few other similarities, MS and fibromyalgia do have some comparable symptoms.. When considering your symptoms, it is important to keep in mind that people with multiple sclerosis may experience a wide variety of other issues not common to people with fibromyalgia, such as mobility problems and speech troubles.. If you suspect you might have either fibromyalgia or MS, says Dr. Cohen, “begin with [your] internist or general practitioner.” They can assess your symptoms and medical history and refer you to the right specialist for further testing.. Diagnosing MS is different from diagnosing fibromyalgia, since clinicians can rely on certain tests in addition to symptoms, medical history, and a physical exam.. While neither illness has a cure, medication can be used to relieve fibromyalgia or MS symptoms.. People with MS may need additional medication to treat flares, such as corticosteroids, as well as medications to target specific MS symptoms, such as drugs for bladder issues, sexual dysfunction, and muscle stiffness and spasms.. While MS and fibro may have some symptoms in common, they are ultimately distinct conditions with very different causes and treatments.

Systemic sclerosis (or scleroderma) is long-term and causes thick, hard skin – possibly affecting your organs. Learn the symptoms, causes and treatment.

Systemic sclerosis is a rare condition that can cause people’s skin and the connective tissue inside the body to harden.. Systemic sclerosis can cause symptoms affecting different parts of the body.. Many people have Raynaud’s without ever having systemic sclerosis.. Unfortunately, systemic sclerosis can sometimes cause people serious problems.. For some of the symptoms of systemic sclerosis you will need to take drugs.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms range from obvious physical symptoms of joint damage and joint deterioration to less obvious signs and symptoms that mimic other illnesses. This is what makes rheumatoid arthritis so difficult for healthcare providers when it comes to diagnosing and prescribing treatment, especially in its early stages. Common…

Joint swelling is another common RA symptom expressed by patients with this disease and it is caused by inflammation in the joint capsule.. In addition to experiencing pain and early morning stiffness, there are other signs which may indicate damage to the joint.. Symptoms of joint inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis can occur throughout several areas of the body.. In the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis, it is common to feel characteristic symptoms of pain and stiffness.. Some of the most common RA signs and symptoms include:. Beyond the typical early signs and symptoms that your immune system may be attacking your own body, other more advanced symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis could include chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, and low-grade fever.. If diagnosed with advanced rheumatoid arthritis or RA that has not received any type of treatment, some patients will develop rheumatoid nodules.. Though the inflammation is limited, pain and stiffness can still often be felt due to the level of damage that’s already been done to the joint.. This is why it is so important to be aware of the most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis so that you will be well informed while discussing them with your doctor.

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