As people, from time to time, we get to suffer from all kinds of diseases. One such disease that can affect one is Rheumatoid Arthritis. In worst situations, a person’s body part can be rendered completely unusable. Read on to find out more and how you can be assisted if you have RA.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease in which the immune system attacks the joints in the body. It will specifically destroy the tissues that join bones together. This causes inflation and pain on the affected area and may lead to total damage if left untreated for too long, making that part of the body less functional.
It is estimated that Rheumatoid Arthritis affects about 1% of the world population. In USA alone, 1.3 million people have the disease. RA is very common in women, which is almost double the number infected males. Anyone can suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis but the risk increases with age. RA is the most common type of arthritis affecting people all over the world.
Apparently, they are no well-known causes of the disease. There hasn’t been much study that has been done on it. Perhaps we will learn a lot about RA in future research projects. But from the little we know, these are some of the suspected causes:
Some scientists have suggested, from their findings that the disease is passed on in ones genes. So if for example someone in the family suffered from RA, then you are also at a risk of developing it as you age.
It seems as though smoking is one bad habit that always shows up for all the wrong reasons. Statistics indicate that heavy smokers are at a higher risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis than non-smokers.
Vitamin D Deficiency
A study has proved that people affected with RA lack vitamin D. This leaves us to conclude that probably, a lack of vitamin D could also be a cause. The role of Vitamin D in fibromyalgia is important.
There are other suspected causes, but these are the major ones with some reliable evidence.
Identifying Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms is not an easy task. They will usually resemble those of other diseases, and hence you will need to go to a healthy center near you to be diagnosed. But still, here are some things to look out for:
Stiffness of joints
Rheumatoid Arthritis will affect any part of the body, but the fingers and the foot are the most likely. In addition, it attacks systematically, that is to say, if it gets the right finger, the left finger will be affected as well.
In order to contain this disease, early diagnosis is crucial. You can visit any healthy center in your area and you will be assisted professionally.
Healthy centers are so much like hospitals. The only difference is that they serve the local public. Usually the fees charged are affordable so anyone can use their service. Some services are even offered free of charge.
There are about 1250 healthy centers in the USA serving close to 51 million people. They are available in every state and all the districts. In the past, the kind of equipment that they had was limited. But we have seen great improvement in recent years.
They will provide all the medical support one would need to live a healthy life. It is the government’s obligation to ensure affordable medical healthy for every citizen.
At the healthy center, they will be able to diagnose if you have RA or any other kind of arthritis for that matter. They will use ex-rays to detect any deformity in your bones. But they can also test your blood sample for any signs.
If you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, it is important that you go to a healthy center in your area. This will help to stop the situation from getting any worse. There is no medication to heal RA completely at the moment. There are however, a lot of other medications you can get from the healthy center. These will focus on minimizing the pain, stop further swelling and stop the immune system from doing more damage to your body.
Major medications available are:
Disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMADs) – these suppress the growth of Rheumatoid Arthritis and it includes drugs like u8, abatacept, adilimumab, azathioprine and more.
Nosteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will lower the pain felt in the joints. They will also work to reduce fever if present and help in preventing further inflammation.
There also some herbs you can use to deal with RA. These include ginger and willow black. The use of herbs is not recommended by FDA as some can be harmful. So do your homework before using any of them.
Other forms of treatment are:
Surgery- the tissues might be removed completely
Exercising – this will make your joints stronger
Read More: Is exercise essential for rheumatoid arthritis?
Make sure to follow the advice given at the healthy center. If you have been given medication, be sure to take it as recommended. The healthy professionals will decide on the best treatment depending on your condition. And if you notice anything strange, seek medical assistance immediately; any delay may result in something very undesirable.
RA can be dangerous. It is not fun to get a disability knowing you were born normal. So it is very important that we seek medical attention the moment we start getting any signs. A stitch in time saves a night.