Rheumatoid arthritis goes in stages such as mild, moderate and severe; these stages are categorized depending on the level of inflammation. You are said to have mild rheumatoid arthritis if the inflammation is not as painful as in severe rheumatoid arthritis. The common symptoms of mild rheumatoid arthritis include joint pain, only the joints are inflamed and no other body tissues are affected, least number of joints affected is usually three, once you take a rheumatoid factor test the result is usually negative, there is an increase in CPR levels, and x-rays show no damaged joints or bones.
If you have these symptoms, you should not ignore the fact that you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis but you should seek treatment. The recommended treatment for mild rheumatoid arthritis is oral glucocorticoids; however it can also be injected in the inflamed joints to slow the pain and prevent any pain that might occur. In case glucocorticoids are not effective after a few weeks of treatment, Dmards might be added to speed up the treatment among them being methotrexate, hydroxychloroquine and sulfasalazine. During the mild rheumatoid arthritis treatment, only one NSAID is recommended at a time and it is used in conjunction with non pharmacologic therapies which are supposed to continue until the symptoms goes away.
An early diagnosis of active but mild rheumatoid arthritis helps the doctor to rescue you before the disease can progress in to a more severe condition. During medication, the rheumatologist will subscribe the medicines depending on how the patient is responding to treatment; if you are slow in responding positively, the only choice to help you is aggressively attack the inflammation with more aggressive medicines. If the mild rheumatoid arthritis stays for a long time without being treated, it is likely to fail to respond to treatment and therefore put your health in risk of serious damages.
The first step to managing mild rheumatoid arthritis is by diagnosing whether the pain and inflammation experienced is due to active arthritis or due to other conditions that have similar symptoms with rheumatoid arthritis. This can be done by visiting a doctor who will carry out a test to; a rheumatologist will be able to assess your condition and determine the severity of your condition. From here it will be easy to administer the right drugs that will prevent further progression of the disease. Drugs can be changed depending on the patients’ response to the initial treatment.
Since progressed mild rheumatoid arthritis can lead to more serious damages, early treatment is always recommended. When in some people the disease might not prevent them from carrying out certain tasks, in others it might prevent them even from walking. You should therefore not compare your condition with that of another person but instead visit a rheumatologist as soon as you note the first symptoms. The drugs administered are meant to prevent mild rheumatoid arthritis from causing joint damage and reduce the pain; in other instances they also aim at taking the disease in to remission.