Rheumatoid Arthritis and Other Details
Rheumatoid Arthritis, also called “Rheumatoid Arthritis”, is a form of arthritis in which there is destruction of the cartilage of the joints. It generally occurs in the knee and can even spread to other joints in the body. Often, it starts as small inflammation but then progresses into destruction of the cartilage. When the cartilage is destroyed, a person is not able to move the joints properly and can suffer a lot of pain. The pain is often increased when walking or standing and can be so severe that it interferes with the ability to function. Fortunately, the treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis are quite effective and the treatment is usually available through medication or surgery. Unfortunately, the drugs used to treat the disease tend to cause side effects and the surgery is very expensive.
If you suspect that you have Rheumatoid Arthritis, you should see your doctor. The doctor will be able to do tests to diagnose your condition. These tests may include x-rays, blood tests, and CT scans. Other tests such as CAT Scans and MRIs are also available to help determine the severity of your condition. You will also probably be asked to have a complete physical exam.
The Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment you receive will depend on what type of condition you have. If your condition is mild, you will likely be given medications and maybe even treated with surgery. If your condition is moderate to severe, then you will likely need to take oral medications as well as undergo surgery to repair the damage done to the joints. The drugs used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis tend to be mostly steroids, most of which are used to shrink the amount of damaged cartilage in the joint. These drugs can cause many side effects and will often come with several different types of prescriptions that must be followed religiously. The side effects can include fatigue, memory loss, irritability, restlessness, and loss of appetite.