Junior Rheumatoid arthritis can be a very painful condition that unfortunately doesn’t have a known cure at this point. This results from the immune system attacking the body’s joints, causing inflammation and pain. In certain instances, damage is done to internal organs by the immune system as well. Professionals are unsure why the immune system reacts in this manner, nor do they know how to rid of the disease.
However, in recent years tremendous progress has been made to limit the advancement of rheumatoid arthritis and managing the symptoms.
Symptoms frequently start in smaller joints and work their way toward the larger ones. Swelling and joint pain are common symptoms, as well as stiffness after sitting or lying down, and red hands. Additional symptoms could include a low grade fever, fatigue, and weight loss.
A number of tests are available to help in providing the correct diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. For instance, a blood test can be administered to measure the erythrocyte sedimentation rate levels, which refers to the presence of inflammation in the body. Also, another type of blood test is used to search the bloodstream for certain antibodies that may indicate the presence of rheumatoid arthritis.
A joint fluid sample may be taken by the doctor if the disease is suspected. In order to determine the amount of joint damage done, X-rays may also be taken.
The treatment can start as soon as the official diagnoses has been made. The purpose of medications is to manage pain and delay the advancement of the arthritis. In recent years, new medications have become available and have shown to be useful for improving the quality of life for patients. If the joints get damaged too severely however, the patient may be encouraged to get surgery to regain use of a certain joint again.