Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a very common chronic illness, it affects more women than men.

Approximately 1% of the worlds’ population are suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis. What do you do if you think you might be one of these people? How do you go about finding answers and what are your options when it comes to treatment?

Rheumatoid Arthritis Test

The early symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis could be, but are not limited to;
Swollen joints such as fingers, wrists and feet
Painful joints
Stiffness in joints

Weakend hands due to pain
Painful reactions to weather changes

 

If you experience any of these symptoms and you have been for a while then you should go visit your doctor. Your doctor should try to eliminate that there is a different cause to your experiences. Your doctor should then pass you on to go se a rheumatologist.

The Rheumatologist will most likely test your range of motion, feel your joints for swelling, test your strength and then have you take x-rays and then a blood test.

People that have Rheumatoid Arthritis will more often have a C-reactive protein (CRP) or an elevated Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), This indicates that you have an inflammatory process happening in your body.

At the same time they will usually test for the Rheumatoid factor and also anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies ( anti-CCP).

 

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis

Getting a diagnosis can mean that you finally have some sense of clarity with what is happening with you and you might feel a sense of relief. Getting the diagnosis also means that you now have a chronic illness that can flare up anytime during your life. Now you need to learn how to manage it and the first step in this process is usually with medications.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications

There are a variety of medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis some might work well for you and others won’t. In the beginning you will most likely try out medications to see what will fit.

It is quite common today to get a biological medication or a DMARD and what these do is that they lower your immune system to settle the part of it that triggers the inflammation, one thing to be weary of though is that as they lower your immune system you have an increased risk of infections.

This kind of treatment is often, but not always, paired with a medication called Methotrexate. Methotrexate is a non-biological DMARD which works in a way where it reduces the inflammation by slowing down the growth of the cells.

Steroids such as Cortisone work in such a way where it lowers collagen producing cells, the injections will shut down the collagen producing cells in the area, which will then suppress inflammation and lower pain.

NSAID medications are your over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen. These might work in very mild cases but they are most likely not going to work if you have a serious flare-up of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Prognosis

With the medications and other treatments we have today the prognosis is not too bad. Rheumatoid Arthritis can lower life expectancy by 10-15 years, it is, however, not uncommon for people to live up into their 90s with this illness.

 

 

There is a lot of things that can affect the way Rheumatoid Arthritis will act up in your life. Diet and exercise are two big factors for how well you and your body will manage with this chronic illness.

By caring for your body, by eating good and nutritious food as well as building up your muscles around your joints you will be able to lower inflammation as well as protection your joints and allowing your muscles to carry you and assist you in day to day life without unnecessary pain or stress on your joints.

If you were to have major issues there are surgeries that can help with lowering your pain and also with increased motion.

Conclusion

Research on the subject moves forward relatively rapidly and the drugs are improving fast.
It is only around 12 years ago when I was in a trial for a new treatment, at the time, Enbrel which is a biological medication. When I was a child, let´s say around 22 years ago, the only treatment offered to me was steroid treatment.

They have made leaps into the treatments regarding Rheumatoid Arthritis in a short amount of time.
The medications that you are given today can work wonders and they can give you your life back, allowing you to travel and see the world without pain, doing your every day things, caring for your loved ones or perhaps just being able to sleep or take a shower without pain.

Thank you for reading, If you have any questions or comments then please write them down below and I will get back to you.

 

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8 thoughts on “Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments

  1. Thank you for this great article. It was very informative and thorough. I have one question. Why was there a picture of a finger in a mouse trap? Was that to show that they need to check for feeling in the extremities? 

    Also another question. Is it possible to prevent rheumatoid arthritis? And does strength training help treat or prevent it? Thanks!

    1. Hi,

      The finger in the mouse trap is to show a sense of pain as people with Rheumatoid Arthritis will suffer a lot of pain in their finger joints.

      If you have Rheumatoid Arthritis it cannot be prevented but you might be able to keep it dormant but usually you will not know that you have it until you have already shown symptoms.

      Strength training will help with the pain as the muscles will protect the joints as when you are having a lot of inflammation and pain you might have a hard time just lifting a glass of water, but if you have strong muscles around your joints this might actually assist you in lifting the  glass and somewhat reducing the pain.

  2. It’s really nice to learn about the issue of Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have often heard people talk about it but they always speak like one with the issue do not get to live long. It’s awesome to learn that they can actually live as long as a normal person will. The treatments are quite good and not so far fetched. Nice post and great topic

    1. Hi Henderson,

      Life expectancy for a person suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis can be around 10-15 years lesser than that of a healthy person.

      Thank you for reading.

  3. Hmm! Very sensitive topic you have discussed here and I really found this educating and enlightening. My best friend died some months back and I feared it was due to the constant pains he feels whenever the whether changes especially to the cold ones. He often cries due to the bone pains. Rheumatoid arthritis is not just a friendly one and often cause the victims a lot of pains in their bones and joints. Sometimes, I do carry him because he would be unable to work. How great to see that the world has moved pretty fast in developing treatments for this. This is great and I will share this out to reach more people.

    1. Hi Rodarrick,

      I am truly sad to hear about your friend.
      I agree, rheumatoid arthritis often causes pain to its victims, worse than they might say either.
      The worlds is making progress and moving forward on this subject very fast, which is great for the people suffering from this illness.

  4. Rather interesting topic you have addressed here on this post and I value this because I know a lot of people suffer from this rheumatoid arthritis. Though it is not a rampant illness like that but then, it can be a menace to the people it has affected. To me, this is very good to know of. Thank you so much for having this much information on it. I’m sure this information would save and help a lot more people out there. Thumbs up to you

    1. Hi Bella, 

      Thank you for reading and I am glad that you found the article on Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments helpful.

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