Rheumatoid nodules are lumps that develop under the skin near joints in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. They can occur in joints in hands, fingers, elbows, and knuckles. The lumps can vary in size and may or may not be painful. The lumps put pressure on the nerves and make movements of joints difficult. A change in voice occurs if they develop near the vocal cords. The nodules may also appear around the lungs and heart, causing shortness of breath. Roughly 40% of people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis develop nodules.
Causes: Rheumatoid nodules are caused by rheumatoid arthritis and repeated use of methotraxate. Smoking may also aggravate the condition in those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
Treatments: Cortisone injections are usually prescribed to reduce inflammation caused by the nodules. Nodules in hands can be partly treated by exercising hands in warm water.
Natural foods containing omega 3 fatty acids such as nuts like almonds and walnuts, olive oil, flax seeds can help reduce and even prevent nodule formation and inflammation.
Vitamin D supplements are also useful.
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory; it acts as natural cortisone. A little turmeric powder mixed in warm milk and consumed preferably at night reduces swelling in the joints.
Garlic and Boswellia can also reduce swelling.
Applying ginger compress to the nodules and inflamed joints 2-3 times a day and drinking ginger tea regularly can give relief from pain and rheumatism.
Applying cinnamon paste or cayenne based ointment 3-4 times a day is also known to reduce inflammation and pain.
Contraindications: Seek professional advice before taking vitamin D supplements as an excessive dose may cause damage. Herbal treatments should only supplement routine treatment prescribed by the doctor.