When you undertake a rheumatoid arthritis factor test and the result show positive, then you are said to have seropositive rheumatoid arthritis. It can be diagnosed after one year of being with rheumatoid arthritis; this is because rheumatoid factor test can show negative results before one year is over. Seropositive rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by severe joint pain and inflammation, an x-ray show bone severely destroyed, joint deformity and high cases of deformity. Therefore seropositive rheumatoid arthritis is just the rheumatoid arthritis only that it is differentiated by the RF factor results. The other type that shows negative rheumatoid arthritis factor is known as seronegative rheumatoid arthritis.
Seropositive rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body immune system cannot differentiate between the healthy tissues from the viruses and bacteria. In this case it produces chemicals that attack the healthy tissues; in response to this, the body gets inflamed. In case this inflammation is increased, it can lead to swelling, joint pain, stiffness and fatigue. The result of this is reduced joint motion and flexibility; you tend to fear using your joints to avoid experiencing the pain. Joint pain and stiffness usually occurs in the morning and can last for about four hours before it can disappear. The pain can prevent you from doing simple tasks, this leads to less use of the joints and hence reduced joint mobility.
The other seropositive rheumatoid arthritis symptoms that you are likely to observe include high fever especially in the evenings and skin rashes. When these symptoms show up, they take away your moods and you feel that you do not want to do anything, but when they are gone you are strong and normal again. However, these symptoms can just appear for a few weeks and then go away; during their absence, rheumatoid arthritis is still progressing in the body. If you therefore don’t take the initiative of visiting a doctor immediately you note the first signs, you might have to deal with long term effects of seropositive rheumatoid arthritis. Seropositive rheumatoid arthritis can affect anybody including children; you therefore have to be very observant of your child’s health. In case you note a slight sign that might suggest rheumatoid arthritis, it is good to consult a doctor.
Test will be taken to confirm any presence of rheumatoid arthritis. Among the test that you should expect include the rheumatoid factor; this will be the test that will determine whether you are suffering from seropositive rheumatoid arthritis or from seronegative rheumatoid arthritis. An x-ray test can also be taken to check any possibility of damaged bones; sedimentation rate is the other test that you should expect among others. If you are confirmed to be suffering from seropositive rheumatoid arthritis, you are immediately put under medication to help you overcome the effects that comes with it. Medication also helps in preventing chances of getting long term effects such as deformity and disability. Together with medication, you can also be put under physical exercises that should be done in help of a physical therapist. Exercises are meant to strengthen the bones, build muscles and reduce joint pain.