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This is the second of two posts that discuss my experience with serious side effects and complications from RA. Side effects have come under control for me, but complications are another story!
A Complication, is defined as an unfavorable evolution of a disease, a health condition or a therapy. The disease can become worse in its severity or show a higher number of symptoms, become widespread throughout the body or affect other organ systems. A new disease may also appear as a complication to a previous existing disease. RA patients can face many complications, depending on the severity of the case of RA. Below is a short list of complications possible with RA:
Eye Complications - RA also increases the risk for eye problems, such as Sjogrens Syndrome , which can cause dry eyes, and eye inflammation or uveitis .
Lung Disease - About 10 to 20 percent of people with RA will develop chronic lung disease at some point. This includes Intrinsic Lung Disease and RA L...
Swelling of the scrotum; Testicular enlargement
Apply ice packs to the scrotum for the first 24 hours, followed by sitz baths to decrease swelling.
If the pain is severe, place a rolled-up towel between the legs just under the scrotum to help relieve pain and reduce swelling, but get medical attention to make sure it is not a torsion.
Wear a loose-fitting athletic supporter for daily activities.
Avoid excessive activity until the swelling disappears.
Call your health care provider if
Call your health care provider if:
You notice any unexplained scrotal swelling
The swelling is painful
You have a testicle lump
What to expect at your health care provider's office
Your health care provider will perform a physical examination and take a medical history, which may include the following questions:
When did the swelling develop?
Did it develop suddenly?
Is it getting...
Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN/DEXTROMETHORPHAN/DECONGESTANT -
ORAL Mucinex Severe Congest-Cough Oral Precautions
Before taking this combination medication, tell your
doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any of the ingredients; or if you
have any other allergies. Also tell your doctor if you have had a bad reaction
to decongestants (such as ephedrine, phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine). This
product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or
other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
breathing problems (such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis,
asthma, smoker's cough)
cough with blood or large amounts of mucus
high blood pressure
heart disease (such as chest pain, heart failure, heart
a certain eye problem (glaucoma)
You should know
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