What is inflammation? According to WebMd, inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect the body from getting infected with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. Simply put, the body is fighting an infection. Inflammation is the primary cause of all chronic, degenerative diseases such as; fibromyalgia, allergies, arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, lupus, chronic fatigue, and a host of others. Inflammation causes a strong response from the immune system to attack pathogens that cause injury and physical illness. (MacDonald). It may also be associated with general flu-like symptoms including: fever, chills, fatigue, loss of energy, headaches, loss of appetite, and muscle stiffness. These flu-like symptoms are also symptoms of lupus. According to WebMD, the most common symptoms of inflammation include:
- Swollen joint that is sometimes warm to the touch
- Joint pain
- Joint stiffness
- Loss of joint function
Often, only a few of the aforementioned symptoms are present.