After checking this article on the signs of symptoms rheumatoid arthritis, you must know that Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) attacks joint and other body parts, but there are several diseases that related with RA. Health wrote that along with joint pain and swelling, about 4 out of 10 people with RA have related problems in other body parts. Here are 10 ways RA affects your body and what you can do about it:
RA often starts in the small joint of your hands and feet, but can evolve to the other body parts. Pain is worst in the morning and you can have it in both joint. The medication is chemoterapy, and also anti-rheumatic and anti-inflammatory medications. If you have cancer and need chemo, see this resource on chemo side effects.
People with RA have twice the risk of heart problem, such as heart attack, stroke, heart disease, and heart failure. The treatment is reducing inflammation through medication. If problem progress, a pacemaker would be necessary.
Up to 10% people with RA develop serious lung problems, and the most common condition are inflammation in the lungs’ lining (pleurisy) which causes pain when breathing, scarring of the tissue in the lungs (pulmonary fibrosis), and an increased chance of emphysema. The treatment are reducing the underlying inflammation.
People with RA are more likely to experience depression or other mood disorders. The treatment is antidepressant.
5. Blood vessels
RA can leads to vasculitis, which happens when blood vessels become inflamed, narrowed, and blood flow is reduced. It can happen on arms, legs, and nerves. This disease also leads to coronary arteri disease. The patient may need steroid or other types of chemotherapy if the blood vessels narrow significantly.
Peripheral neuropathy or nerve damage happens to some RA patients. This disease cause a burning and numbness in the feet and hands. The best treatment is to reduce the underlying inflammation and use medication that treat the neuropathy itself.
Devastating RA complication is blindness. Problems also occur in the eyes’ iris, the white of the eye, and the membrane covering the white part. Symptoms of this disease include blurred vision, pain, redness, and light sensitivity. The treatment is using eye drop that contain anti-inflammatory medications.
If the blood vessels inflammation going to the skin, it can creates rashes, skin ulcers, and skin bumps. It can happen on hands, feet, and elbows. The treatment is treating the underlying RA condition, and another option is surgical removal of the nodules or skin bumps.
Inflammation of the joints causes carpal tunnel syndrome. The symptoms are numbness, tingling, weakness, and eventually sharp pain in the arm. The treatment is by treating the underlying inflammation, resting, or immobilizing the sore wrist with a splint or applying a cool packs. If the problem persist, surgery may be needed.
Felty’s syndrome happens to some RA patients. This is a condition when spleen becomes enlarged and the white blood cells count drops. But this complication is unusual, only less than 1% of RA patient having this. The treatment is treating the underlying RA condition and injection to increase the white blood cells count may be necessary.