Rheumatoid arthritis prognosis differs from one patient to the other. It all depends with how soon the disease was diagnosed and the type of treatment that the patient undertook. In most patients, the disease leads to disability after a period of about ten years. However, this depends on the type of treatment the patient received after the disease was diagnosed. If well treated from the beginning, the patient is unlikely to face the disability predicament. While some rheumatoid arthritis patients will respond positively to treatment, others will have the disease progress in to its chronic stage; these are the patients who are most likely to suffer from disability.
There are a number of unfavorable rheumatoid arthritis prognoses that are in fact very painful to the patient. This is so especially if the rheumatoid factor of the patient is positive, however, this does not mean that patients with negative rheumatoid factor have a good rheumatoid arthritis prognosis either. The number of damaged joints increase and the pain becomes more severe. This can easily lead to patients’ disability. Joint deformity is more likely to occur if the disease lasts for about a year without showing any positive response to treatment. If the patient gets in remission after a few months of treatment, a more favorable prognosis is predicted.
In order to understand the rheumatoid arthritis prognosis better, the doctor will first have to understand the condition of the patient, whether they are in remissions or flares. There are patients will have a prolonged remission, a period under which they show no sign of the disease after being diagnosed with it. Other patients have evident symptoms that come and go, they can also experience flare periods. When at this stage, the patient deserves quality treatment as this means that the disease is chronic and most likely to progress in a more severe condition.
A severe rheumatoid arthritis will make the patient very weak experiencing long term flares. This can be more evident if the disease was diagnosed earlier and still not showing any progress of improving or if the patient develops rheumatoid nodules in the joints. At this point, the rheumatoid arthritis prognosis becomes very bad and the patient is most likely to suffer from disability. If the doctor notes this, they are more likely to change the treatment in to another direction that can help try and improve the patients’ condition.
The doctor can assess a patient’s rheumatoid arthritis prognosis by giving you monitoring your daily activities. By this the patient will watch on their progress in carrying out their daily activities and will know if there is any progress. If there is no evident progress, the doctor can shift into another method that will help reduce the disease from progressing and also that will help the prognosis become more promising. In this case a doctor can apply a more active method of rheumatoid arthritis treatment. Such a method can include combination of the traditional methods of treating rheumatoid arthritis and the current methods. This can help stop the disease from progressing or even slow the rate at which it is progressing. This will also help the rheumatoid arthritis prognosis to be more promising.