Rheumatoid Arthritis can be really painful and impact your day-to-day life in London. You can even experience ‘flare-ups’ when the discomfort gets worse. If you’re looking for help to live with and manage Rheumatoid Arthritis, then you need a long-term, dedicated doctor to help you through it. So, what are Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms and treatments, and whom can you turn to?
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis affects more than 10 million people across the UK of all ages. Unfortunately, Rheumatoid Arthritis is common in families who have a history of it. In addition, you are at higher risk if you are a woman or you smoke. It’s a long-term condition and typically affects hands, feet and wrists.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system is attacking your joints by mistake. This causes joint swelling, which is stiff and painful. It’s a basic inflammatory response by your body for no apparent reason.
What is the treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis is simple. Firstly, doctors will check for the swelling of joints, pain or restricted movement. There is normally a ‘grating’ feeling, known as crepitus. Arthritis is then identified through blood tests, X-rays, MRI’s, CT scans and ultrasounds to examine the bones. Only one test is normally required.
Unfortunately, Rheumatoid Arthritis doesn’t have a cure. However, drugs can manage it. Drug therapy can help to reduce swelling and limit the pain you’re in:
- Analgesics: this is paracetamol and helps a flare-up of your condition.
- NSAIDs: reduces inflammation and are in the form of creams or gels.
- Steroid Injections: more powerful than your standard anti-inflammatory and for more serious cases.
- DMARDs: anti-rheumatic drugs to suppress inflammation. They’re slow but effective.
- Physical Therapy: it can help to get a referral to a physiotherapist in order to improve your mobility.
- Surgery: is for extreme cases where there is significant damage to the joint making everyday life difficult.
Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms and treatments
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