Rheumatoid Arthritis

Illustration of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Illustration: Rheumatoid Arthritis

I am Yunita, aged 50 years, the lab results, I am positively affected by Rhemathoid Arthritis. Pain from the neck, shoulders and right elbow. Can this be cured?

1 Answer:

Hello yunita

Thank you for the question.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) refers to inflammation of the joints caused by an autoimmune disorder, which is an error in the immune system that attacks healthy body cells because it is considered a foreign body. Clinically, RA sufferers often experience pain, warmth, swelling, stiffness, and redness in their joints, including in the neck, shoulder, and elbow. Not only that, this disease can cause a variety of systemic symptoms, such as weakness, fever, excessive sweating, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, and a pretty drastic weight loss.

As with other autoimmune diseases, RA has yet to be completely cured. It's just that, with proper treatment, clinical symptoms due to this disease can be muted, so that patients can return to their activities without significant obstacles. Serious complications, such as osteoporosis, rheumatic nodules, dry eyes and mouth, abnormal body composition, heart problems, lung disorders, etc. can be prevented by early treatment. So far, the treatments available to treat RA are in the form of drugs (such as NSAIDs, steroids, DMARDs, biological agents), operations (such as synovectomy, tendon repair, total joint replacement), physiotherapy, and so on.

Consult directly with your doctor or internist in order to find the best solution for your condition. As an independent treatment, you need to be disciplined to live a healthy lifestyle, increase relaxation, apply warm or cold compresses in inflamed joints, discipline in sports to stretch joints , live a good diet, and maintain an ideal body weight.

I hope this helps.

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