There are some suspected rheumatoid arthritis causes, but no universally accepted theory as to where the condition comes from, what instigates it, what may resolve it or what the underlying source of autoimmune dysfunction truly is.
One thing is for sure, RA is yet another grossly misunderstood condition treated by rheumatologists who claim expertise in the disorder, but rarely are able to provide any effective treatment, except drugs. This makes RA therapy sound a lot like other rheumatology specialties, such as fibromyalgia, to be sure.
This discussion focuses on the suspected causes and contributors to rheumatoid arthritis development.
There are some commonly accepted theories and facts concerning possible and definitive anatomical influences for the development of rheumatoid arthritis including:
Genetic predisposition may make some people more susceptible to developing the disease based on inherited genes.
Gender predisposition seems to be a factor influencing who will develop RA. Like fibromyalgia, RA affects far more women than men.
There is little evidence of any direct causative process or explanation in the vast majority of patients.
The general mechanism of the condition is enacted by an autoimmune dysfunction, linking it to other possibly psychoemotional pain syndromes.
RA is an autoimmune illness, which means that the underlying process involved in the disorder is the body attacking itself. Why these conditions occur is quite mysterious to doctors, since there is seldom, if ever, an anatomical explanation.
Mindbody care providers have long speculated that many autoimmune disorders are nothing more than alternate explanations of a psychosomatic pain syndrome. Of course in the circumstances of RA, as opposed to many other PIPS disorders, the physical effects are obvious and documentable, making a psychological explanation even more difficult for doctors to accept.
However, the positive curative statistics of such mindbody treatments like knowledge therapy have worked better and more frequently than most traditional medical RA therapies. This may make consideration of a non-physical cause more plausible for many patients.
Personally, I think the mindbody process could be a logical cause or contributor to RA, or any other autoimmune disease. I know I am not alone in this thought, despite the lack of popular support from many affected patients.
Like fibromyalgia patients, I find many RA sufferers simply do not want to open their minds to the idea of a psychosomatic cause. They think that somehow this diminishes the reality of the condition or somehow makes people think they are faking the pain. Of course, this is nonsense, since the condition is in full display for all to see. Remember that psychosomatic does not mean that the symptoms are not real, for they are in fact, very real. It only means that the source resides in the mind, rather than some infectious, disease or environmental process in the anatomy alone.
Being that many obvious physical disorders, like cancer, now have an accepted mindbody component, I feel this hard stance will soften in the coming years, as more evidence surfaces linking RA to non-structural and nonphysical mechanisms.
Additionally, it is always crucial to remember that the mind and body create all conditions of health and disease. Those who choose to accept this inevitability may recover, while those who deny it will do nothing but suffer needlessly in many cases.
Add to this the statistic that there is a disproportionate number of RA patients who have endured physical and sexual abuse as children, or other significant emotional trauma, and the logic of a mindbody source becomes even more convincing.