Don’t let yourself suffer from joint pain Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

Don’t let yourself suffer from joint pain Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

(Last Updated On: November 2, 2018)

 Rheumatoid Arthritis

Don’t let yourself suffer from joint pain Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

Pain and ache through parts of the body especially around the joint such as wrist, ankle or toes may not be only muscle pain. It can be a chronic inflammatoryjoint disease which called Rheumatoid Arthritis, one of the autoimmune diseases that presents with severe joint inflammation affecting the whole body. If the inflammation is left untreated overtime, it can damage cartilage, joints, and bones and cause a deformation.

Cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis currently unclear but it relates to autoimmune disease
  • Heredity passage
  • Virus or bacterial infection
  • Women are more likely to develop the disease with 8:1 ratio, teenager to adult
  • Other factors like smoking and environmental exposures

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

  • Joint pain, chronic joints inflammation last longer than 6 weeks particularly joints where connect fingers and wrist
  • Serious rheumatoid arthritis condition affect to joints of the whole body include shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, ankles and toes
  • Painful around the inflamed joint by a press or present redness, swelling while using
  • Hardness or stiffness after you wake up in the morning
  • Mild fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and loss of weight

Diagnosis and Treatment

You will go through medical history questions, x-ray and blood test to measure inflammation levels and antibodies linked with rheumatoid arthritis. Normally, the purpose of treatment is to put the disease in remission, improve quality of life, relieve the pain and reduce chance of developing long-term effect. To meet the goals, doctor will follow these strategies:

  • Medication treatment: both oral and injected medicine will be given to ease the inflammation, slower and prevent long-term damage.
  • Rehabilitation: together with exercise can help with joints flexibility.
  • Surgery: joint replacement surgery such as knee or hip replacement in huge damaged area of joints can relieve the pain and restore mobile function.

However, even you can calm the symptoms, but the disease won’t go away for good.  Most of patients need to take medicine continually to keep the symptoms under controlled.  Therefore, to have a successful treatment, patients need to get medical diagnosis in time particularly during the first year developing the disease.  For this reason, when you experience joints pain or noticing swelling and redness, you should get yourself to doctor’s hand to have proper exam and treatment and for the best of you quality of life.

Doctor
DR. BUDSAKORN DARAWANKUL

Specialty: Rheumatology

Rheumatology

Don’t let yourself suffer from joint pain Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

 Rheumatoid Arthritis
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