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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including the joints of arms, feet and knees. In severe cases Rheumatoid arthritis spreads to other organs of the body.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disorder where the body's immune system mistakenly attacks body's healthy cells which causes inflammation (painful swelling) in the affected parts of the body.
In joints affected with Rheumatoid arthritis, the synovium (lining of the joints) gets inflamed causing damage to the tissue. As a result of this tissue damage, the affected joint suffers from pain and deformity.
In Rheumatoid arthritis the both sides joints of the body are affected. This is how Rheumatoid arthritis is distinguished from other forms of arthritis.
The exact cause of Rheumatoid arthritis is not yet known what triggers this. But there are certain risk factors that make you more susceptible for Rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis can affect you at any age but 40 to 60 years is the common affected age group. With an increase in age increases the chances of getting affected with rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in females than to males. Pregnant women and women in post-partum period (recently underwent delivery) are more prone to Rheumatoid arthritis.
Studies have shown that Rheumatoid arthritis is hereditary i.e., if any of your family members have Rheumatoid arthritis it is more likely that you may increase the risk of developing it.
Exposure to nicotine, particularly smoking increases the susceptibility of developing Rheumatoid arthritis and worsens the disease if already present.
People born with HLA (Human leukocyte antigen, class II genotype) are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. The risk of developing Rheumatoid arthritis increases if people with HLA have the habit of smoking or are obese.
The person who carries excess weight have the higher risk of developing Rheumatoid arthritis.
People who are exposed to Asbestos or Silica are at higher risk of developing Rheumatoid arthritis.
The signs and symptoms vary in people, the common symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis are:
Rheumatoid arthritis occurs in the same joints on both sides of your body, basically it affects body symmetrically i.e., if left side of your knee is affected, the right knee will also be affected.
Early diagnosis of Rheumatoid arthritis is important to prevent joint erosion. But Rheumatoid arthritis is difficult to diagnose during early stages because the signs and symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis are not specific and mimic those of other diseases. Multiple tests are done to confirm the diagnosis of Rheumatoid arthritis, single test cannot make correct diagnosis.
This test is used to detect Anti-CCP antibodies in your blood. The presence of Anti-CCP indicates that you are more likely to have Rheumatoid arthritis, but this is not always true, as people with Anti-CCP may or may not have Rheumatoid arthritis.
The ESR test is used to determine the presence of inflammation in your body.
The antinuclear antibody panel test determines whether or not your immune system produces antibodies against Rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid factor (RF) is a blood protein. High levels of RF in the blood have been linked to auto immune disorders, particularly rheumatoid arthritis.
C-reactive protein is a protein marker that is secreted by your liver when your body is inflamed. Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with high levels of the C-reactive protein marker.
These tests are performed to determine the presence or absence of joint damage and, if present, the severity of the damage.
Ice packs, grab bars, handrails.
DIET- Food rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins.
If your condition does not improve after trying medications and home remedies, your doctor may recommend surgery. Rheumatoid arthritis surgeries are classified as follows:
Total joint replacement with a metal or plastic artificial joint.
The inflamed joint lining is removed.
Joint fixation to promote bone fusion.
This method is used to repair torn tendons.
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