The word chronic in literally terms means long duration. Rheumatoid arthritis is certainly an incurable disease in this point of time. Chronic rheumatoid arthritis means a person is suffering severe arthritis for a prolonged time. Due to chronicity not only suffering become intolerable, but also effect of medication get quite slow. With the nature of the disease it is bound to take time, but as time passes by deterioration is obvious. Mobility of joints, pain and swelling starts to take toll on the patients. But other than these conditions there are many problem to other parts and organs of the body.
Complication in other body parts
Rheumatoid Arthritis is known for affecting the other body parts other than the joints. This tendency of affecting makes RA very fatal. Such complications to the body parts may include:
- Problems in muscles– RA patient feels weakness in their muscles as it forbids them to do their regular works.
- Problem regarding Peripheral Neuropathy– Here it affects the nerves of different joints in hands and feet. It results in pain and inflammation.
- Inflammation– It can cause swelling to other body parts as it is an inflammatory disorder. Lungs, heart, eyes, and blood vessels fall into this category.
- Rapture of Tendons– Tendons are flexible tissues that are attached to the bones. Severe condition may cause some inflammation and its rupture.
- Problem to skins– Patients develop extra tissue called nodules, usually under the skin of elbows, knees, and fingers. It may cause fatal, by providing a barrier for the blood to circulate. Some rashes are also seen on the skin, which may cause some infection.
- Osteoporosis– It affects women generally after menopause and to men after the age of 60. Here the hips are affected, as the density of the bones decreases by the effect of friction among the bones.
- Problem to lungs– Complication may arise to the lungs. It increases the risk of some lung disease like, Pulmonary, Interstitial Fibrosis, Hypertension, etc.
- Problem to kidneys– RA doesn’t affect much to the kidneys, but the drugs consumed by a RA patient, may have serious affect on their kidneys.
- Problem to heart– This is the most affected part in RA as it leads to its failure, causing death in most cases.
- Vasculitis– It is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder which affects small vessels of the organs. Vasculitis may include, nerve problem, ulcers, worsening of hearts, lungs, and inflammation of arteries etc.
- Problem in Pregnancy– It increases the risk of premature delivery.
- Lymphonia and Cancers– The side effects of the drugs like NSAIDs and DMARDs may cause these diseases.
Early medication holds the key to get relief from the disease. With the slightest of the hints one should consult the physician very quick. Aggressive treatment can reduce many complications, it is not possible to provide a complete list of the complications caused by RA. It is mainly reported to alert the patients that, if not taken seriously might face these severe consequences.