For you to be sure if you have rheumatoid arthritis, you need to take a screening test. It will not only help you know your condition but it will also help you be sure of your status and learn to live as per you status. There are the initial symptoms that are associated with rheumatoid arthritis. If you experience these, you might be suspicious of your health condition and it is good if you visit a doctor for test. These early symptoms include fatigue, joint pain especially in the morning, numbness of the joints, difficulty in carrying out small tasks involving joints and reduced joint motion. Experiencing these can prompt you to visit a doctor for clarification through test.
The effects of rheumatoid arthritis are very severe and it is therefore necessary to take an early treatment immediately you discover that you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. You can understand if you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis by taking a screening quiz provided by a rheumatologist. Some of the questions that you need to answer in order to know your condition include;
- Do your joints experience stiffness or pain in the morning?
- If yes to the previous answer, how long does the stiffness last?
- If the stiffness lasts for at least an hour, has your doctor found 3 or more of your joints being inflamed?
- In case your answer to the third question is that you have been diagnosed of inflammation in more than three joints, the do your wrists or finger joints get swollen at times?
- Do your joints experience pain during the day that prevents you from carrying out your normal daily activities?
- Does the joint pain happen in a symmetrical manner i.e. both wrists or both knee experiencing pain at the same time?
- If your answer to the sixth question is yes, then for how long have you experience the above mentioned rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, 6 weeks or less?
- Do you feel rheumatoid nodules in your joints?
- If you do have the rheumatoid nodules, does any tests taken show that you are positive of rheumatoid factor?
- Does test taken on your blood show that you have nonspecific inflammation?
- Is your CRP elevated?
- Does tests taken on you show that your CCP (an antibody that helps detect early arthritis) is positive?
- Do you joints show any physical deformity?
- When x-rays are taken, do they show any sign of join damage?
- Do your joints have reduced motion?
- Are there any signs of atrophies in the affected joints muscles?
- Do you experience a bothering fatigue that prevents you from doing your normal duties comfortably?
- Is there any of you family member who is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis?
By answering these questions you get to understand your rheumatoid arthritis condition. If most of them are consistent with the rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, the doctor will immediately put you under medication and therapy. This quiz is very important as it will help determine the possible cause of your disease.