Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic and auto immune type of disease, which has credential of attacking the body cells by its own immune system. The onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis is very difficult to sort out as some symptoms are very mild and they do not hinder the regular activity of a person. The onset of RA may be seen in the fingers first and slowly in its progression to the other joints and parts of the body. In medical condition it is advised to have diagnosis of this disease, if these sorts of symptoms arise before going for some imaginary treatment. Early diagnosis may help in the slowness of the progression of this prevalent condition, and further by preventing or delaying some sorts of disability. The diagnosis of this disease includes some blood tests like Rheumatoid Factor (RF), Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) test, Total Blood Count, etc and some X-rays.
Onset Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Some early onset of RA may conclude pain in several joints, stiffness, and weakness.
- Pain in several joints– Basically pain is experienced with some sort of swelling around the affected areas. The synovial joints of fingers, knees, elbows, etc are affected in early phase, with some unbearable pain if the disease progresses slowly. Some sorts of fluid accumulate around the joints and lead them to inflammation and pain.
- Stiffness– Stiffening of joints especially of hands and knees are more important symptoms on the onset of this disease. The common warning signs are the stiffness of several joints especially in the morning, as because the whole night there was no movement of the joints. The stiffness of joints generally lasts for 1 hour.
- Weakness– Some other symptoms may show the weakness of a patient or getting tired very soon. This happens because pain and inflammation restricts a patient to have proper rest while sleeping. Some warning signs may include flu like feelings throughout the day. If a person finds these early symptoms, he or she may immediately consult a general physician or a rheumatologist.
There are some environmental factors too like vitamin deficiency especially Vitamin D, seasonal effect like Winter Viruses, etc that increases Protein Citrulinnation. So a patient suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, this Anti citrullination protein antibodies is generally traced in their blood tests.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is incurable in nature as the actual cause in not yet revealed, but early treatment may show some improvement in the disease and may restrict it from further deterioration of the joints and other body parts. But before treatment its diagnosis is very important. Once it is diagnosed, the effective treatment gets started. Doctors may prescribe some pain killers in its inception, to relief the patient from pain, then they look out for Non steroidal Anti rheumatic Drugs (NSAIDs), and if it doesn’t work properly, they may opt for Disease Modifying Anti Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs). They may also sometimes go for some steroids called Costicosteroids, which is directly injected to the affected joints, in order to provide immediate relief to the patient suffering from RA.