Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that is highly chronic in nature. This disease causes the body immune system to attack the joints. When rheumatoid arthritis strikes, then the outcome would be an almost permanent pain in the affected area. And if this disease isn’t addressed accordingly, it becomes possible that its patient would suffer from lasting joint damages and eventual loss of their mobility functions. In other words, people with rheumatoid arthritis may become disabled.
It is important that rheumatoid arthritis is identified and diagnosed at the onset. If you believe you have it, take a look at these signs and symptoms and compare them with yours.
Swelling, stiffness, redness, pain, and a warm sensation on the joints. There are a bunch of joints in the body. Rheumatoid arthritis can possibly strike anywhere following that concept. If you feel any chronic pain on any portion of your body, more specifically in the knees, shoulders, and neck, it is possible you have arthritis. Chronic pain implies that the pain recurs from time to time.
Neck rheumatoid arthritis symptoms pain
Arthritis comes in different forms. If you only suffer from joint pains, what you may have isn’t necessarily rheumatoid arthritis. But it is always best to have it checked so that the symptoms can be properly addressed.
There seems to be some thickening in the lining of your joints. When the pain on your joints has waned, but the area concerned does not feel like the manner in which it did before the condition started, you should go see a health care specialist right away. You never know, the pain may be away, but you might already be developing actual and recurring rheumatoid arthritis. It could just be resting until its next attack.
Your motor skills have gone haywire. When the pains become too excruciating that you find yourself unable to shift the way you usually would, it could be a symptom of higher-stage rheumatoid arthritis. Your doctor will prescribe you the appropriate medications to assist you deal with the condition.
There are various ways to test if a person definitely has rheumatoid arthritis. Here are some of the most popular methods doctors and professional health care practitioners use to confirm its presence.
The most basic test doctors conduct to identify rheumatoid arthritis is via X-ray. This is normally the first test you’re asked to undergo because it gives an overview of the internal body. It isn’t able to confirm a hundred percent if rheumatoid arthritis is present. However, it helps rule out other possible ailments. X-rays are likewise helpful in finding out the extent of the condition and at what point it is progressing into.
Get a Latex Test. Latex tests help identify rheumatoid arthritis specifically by seeking the existence of the rheumatoid factor in the blood. It is the body’s natural response to develop a substance called the rheumatoid factor whenever inflammations occur in the joint linings and the joints. Confirmation of this substance in the patient’s blood means that he or she does have rheumatoid arthritis and should be treated.
Once rheumatoid arthritis has been confirmed, the doctor will immediately conduct a series of other tests to find out the Sedimentation Rate of the blood. This is done through the extraction of a blood sample. This is left to settle for a while before examined. Finding blood that has a high deposit rate means the inflammation is active and growing.
These are the ways on how doctors perform diagnosis tests for rheumatoid arthritis among their patients. But it is still your responsibility to monitor your body’s processes so that treating the disease becomes a lot easier. And at times, preventing the disease becomes possible even.
FAQ’s: dont know yet about whats wrong but, the pain is horrible?its seems like rheumatoid arthritis or possible lupus with arthritis.its getting worse with every flare.my neck,shoulders,back,hands and legs are in so much pain.i am waiting on the test results which were taken on jan 8th.doctor took ts4 hormone,cbc with diff,rh factor,ana antibody.my symptoms arent just pain,feels like grinding,cold pains,not feeling well,so on. dont know test results yet.yes my pain is in joints bi-lateral on both sides.i do have a rash on my nose and face that showed up and hasnt gone away since aug.my knuckles are getting big.it does seem to me that it could be rheumatoid arthritis more than lupus but,the reddness on my face is fishy.just being patient for the results.my symptoms are getting worse.feels like my muscles are detaching from the bone.im begining to feel weaker.
They took all the tests and what were the results? Is your pain bi-lateral? Is there redness at the site of the joint pain? These would point more towards rheumatoid arthritis. Lupus joint pain usually isn't bi-lateral and there typically isn't any reddness at the site. Do you have any other symptoms of Lupus other than joint pain? EDIT: The bi-lateral joint pain is a sign of RA. The rash could be unrelated. Was your RA factor positive or negative? How about the ANA? What about complement levels? Why do you not have the test results yet? You had them over a month ago. The longest of these tests only take one week to run. I would be bugging your doctor to find out the results pronto, because without these it is impossible to tell what is really going on.
It could be fibromyalgia. You might ask your doctor about it. My dad has it and he told me it feels like you have the flu, but you are healthy. Get some more info from the doctor.
The signs and symptoms you list in one of your previous Questions do indeed indicate that your doctor should be checking for lupus http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lupus/DS00115. Other possibilities, according to what you have told us, are fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fibromyalgia/DS00079, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/DS00188. Some people have pain with multiple sclerosis; some don't. You mention in previous Questions that you have a psychiatric diagnosis and had stopped taking medications. Although some of your symptoms can be explained by depression and anxiety, not all of them can. All three of the above conditions can cause depression and anxiety on their own, so you may have more than one diagnosis and the diagnoses may be interwoven together. Pain is your body's way of telling you something's wrong. If you do not get a definitive diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) you may want to ask your doctor about MS or fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 10 years ago after experiencing symptoms similar to yours, including the "butterfly rash" on my face. Fibromyalgia is the easiest of these conditions to treat, so I certainly hope your diagnosis goes well.