The Thyroid Pituitary Glands Rheumatoid Arthritis Link. Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of arthritis, indeed probably the most common form; it’s an auto-immune ‘disease’ whereby the body ‘attacks itself’ (very simplistically put) in a chronic, systemic and progressive manner, although rheumatoid arthritis can have acute periods alternating with stages of ‘natural’ remission for a variety of reasons, many of them found inexplicable by traditional medicine.
There is no cure as such (especially within traditional medicine) although there are ways to put rheumatoid arthritis into remission. As I have already mentioned on other pages, some alternative medicine has been very effective in doing so and perhaps even more so.
If you suspect that you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis it is always important to undergo all the necessary diagnostic processes to determine if it’s really rheumatoid arthritis (since many R.A. symptoms can be due to other conditions) and of course which organs and parts of your body are affected. Part of this diagnostic process are the analysis of the patient’s history, a thorough physical examination, laboratory testing and imaging procedures such as x-rays, diagnostic ultrasounds and or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Thyroid Pituitary Glands Rheumatoid Arthritis Link: symptoms. General rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are aches and pains in the joints and muscles, fatigue, lack of physical and mental/emotional energy, mild anemia and low grade fever.
Other organs besides the joints can be affected, such as the eyes and the heart. Significantly, several studies suggest a correlation between the pituitary gland/thyroid gland (which per se can cause symptoms such as lethargy, cold intolerance, fatigue, weight gain as well as joint pain) and rheumatoid arthritis; such association seems to be more common among women and, since thyroid malfunction also aggravates certain physiological processes (such as cardiovascular and metabolic issues), those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are advised to undergo tests to check thyroid function.
Brazilian researchers reported on a study on the above association; abnormal thyroid functions (such as TSH, T4/T3 levels, TgAb and TPOAb) levels were found in a significant number of rheumatoid arthritis patients (though not all, of course).
More information on the thyroid gland (as part of the Thyroid Pituitary Glands Rheumatoid Arthritis link)
part of the endocrine system (the source of hormone secretion into the bloodstream), which helps the body to deal with stress, this gland regulates your metabolism (through hormones) such as energy consumption and growth. If you feel particularly tired and you seem to gain weight without any change in your diet or energy expenditure, you may be suffering from hypothyroidism (even in a mild form) which, if you have the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, could indeed be at the basis of your Rheumatoid Arthritis. Women seem to be more susceptible to thyroid malfunction than men.