The emergence and maintenance of stress-related rheumatoid arthritis from my point of view

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 As I mentioned before 1994 during the medical examination typical findings for rheumatoid arthritis were made. The diagnosis was: onset of severe rheumatoid arthritis with an aggressive course.

But by reference to an autoimmune disease, the question of why my body reacted the way it did couldn’t be answered.

By my experiences with successfully healing RA over 18 years ago stress-related rheumatoid arthritis is a degenerative disease (caused and maintained by a lack of sound movement combined with overburdening tension of muscles and connective tissue) of the locomotory system.

So my view on stress-related rheumatoid arthritis emerged out of my experiences

Unpleasantries such as insecurity, overextension, the feeling of being unchallenged, pain, sorrow, mistreatment, injury, disease, a poor posture, tension, coordination difficulties, anxiety, feelings of shame and guilt, unpleasant prospects and expectations and many others, cause negative physical, emotional and mental stress.

Bad environmental influences such as electrosmog, polluted drinking water, bad air, fertilizer and drug residues, noise and dust can cause stress as well as malnutrition or hate, envy, violence, emotional coldness or lack of personal understanding.

Stress means tension.

In contrast to all the situations in which we are not stressed, only use the necessary force in our body movement and relieve the necessary tension afterwards, we keep ourselves tensed (mostly spontaneously and uncontrolled *) in those situations that mean stress to us in order to use body language and to cope with or to prepare for various situations by attacking, fleeing or freezing.

Imagine you being healthy and lifting a heavy bucket of water to carry it around. Our tensed muscles are then clearly visible. On our forearms, for instance. Experience tells us that we can sense this tension very well both from the in- and the outside. Others, too, can quickly feel our tensed muscles and our entire effort. Our muscles, which we brace to lift and hold the bucket, are then shorter and harder than in a relaxed state. The same applies to our tendons, which are connected with our bones and joints.

Now imagine putting the water bucket down again. By experience, we know that the muscles that we just braced before relax after work. They are now softer again and go – their average rest position corresponding – back to average length. The same happens with our tendons. We feel “relieved” in the true sense of the word.

The better we achieve a dynamic change between exercise and relaxation, stress and relief, the healthier we are!

That‘s the way it usually should go. But if we wouldn‘t relieve our muscles from their tension after putting the water bucket down, or if we kept on holding the water bucket for too long until the end of our strength, we would feel a marked burning or tearing pain. We would start trembling until the muscles involved finally fail us. In such and similar situations, we can observe how our actions can cause pain and hurt.

Coherencies between causes and effects are quite hard to find if the consequences of our actions or behaviour only become visible to us after a certain time or an increased level of damage.

The less particularly intense the sensations like unusual pleasurable ones, pain, significant effort, or struggle are that accompany the situations in life, the less attention we pay to them.

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