Rheumatism is not a single disease. It pertains
to a whole range of conditions. It refers to an acute or chronic
illness which is characterized by pain and swelling of the muscles,
ligaments and tendons, or the joints. Rheumatism may also involve
internal organs including:
The term "rheumatism" is still used in
colloquial speech and historical contexts, but is no longer frequently
used in medical or technical literature; there is no longer any
recognized disorder simply called "rheumatism."
This disease is most common among people above 45 years of age.
There is no particular cause for rheumatism. Some of the risk factors
are given below-
4.Infection of teeth, tonsils and gallbladder etc.
Rheumatism has been more specifically classified, based on location and
characteristics of symptoms, as:
- localized rheumatism (e.g. bursitis)
- regional rheumatism (e.g. temporo mandibular joint pain)
- generalized rheumatism (e.g. fibromyalgia)
- psychogenic rheumatism (e.g. muscle and joint pain
expressed is inconsistent with actual physiology and patient is thought
to have psychological reasons for the symptoms)
Rheumatic Disorder/ Condition-
Those disorders which affect muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone and
joints are known as rheumatic disorders.
Common types are-
Symptoms of rheumatism-
The onset of the acute variety of rheumatism is characterized by fever,
intense soreness, and pain. In the acute muscular type, the area
becomes so sensitive that even the weight of bed clothing aggravates
the pain. It may settle into a chronic state under a wrong mode of
treatment. If the disease is not treated properly in the acute stage,
it may become chronic. The symptoms of chronic muscular rheumatism are
pain and stiffness of the affected muscles. In the case of chronic
articular rheumatism (pain in the joints), pain and stiffness are felt
in one or more joints of the body, with swelling in most cases.
1.Complete blood picture
2.X-ray of affected joint
A vast number of traditional herbal remedies were recommended for
"rheumatism". Modern medicine, both conventional and complementary,
recognizes that the different rheumatic disorders have different causes
(and several of them have multiple causes) and require different kinds
Role of homoeopathy
Homoeopathy plays an important role in cases of rheumatism.
Homoeopathic medicines have been proved effective in reducing the
intensity of symptoms. Along with this, proper exercise is advisable to
the patient. The medicine is selected on the basis of the constitution of
the patient and helps in curing the disease.
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