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In short, rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease which attacks joints in the body. It can affect the alignment and positioning of those joints, even to the extent that they become stuck in a bent position or become dislocated. Bone erosion caused by RA may make the ends of bones rough and irregular. Patients may eventually notice that their fingers begin to shift toward the direction of their elbow.
In previous posts, we have discussed different types of surgery used in patients living with rheumatoid arthritis, including synovectomy, tendon repair, and carpal tunnel release . Today’s discussion centers around joint replacement and implants.
What is Joint Replacement?
One would think that this is a simple question, right? Take the joint out and put a fake or replacement one in. But in researching this subject, I found it rather difficult to find information which went much beyond this simple concept without become ...
Definition Joint swelling is the buildup of fluid in the soft tissue surrounding the joint. Alternative Names Swelling of a joint Considerations Joint swelling may occur along with joint pain . The swelling may cause the joint to appear larger or abnormally shaped. Joint swelling can cause pain or stiffness. After an injury, swelling of the joint may mean you have a broken bone or a tear in the muscle tendon or ligament. Many different types of arthritis may cause swelling, redness, or warmth around the joint. An infection in the joint can cause swelling, pain, and fever. Common Causes Joint swelling may be caused many different things, including: Ankylosing spondylitis Gout Osteoarthritis Pseudogout Psoriatic arthritis Reactive arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis Septic arthritis Systemic lupus erythematosus
Recent months have been crazy busy! With the wedding (yes, my wedding) in only three weeks, it seems like my to-do list keeps growing at the same time the days are evaporating. Fortunately RA is taking a back seat so my attentions can be placed elsewhere. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m ignoring RA.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease which is hard to ignore. When it is flaring, the pain can be enormous. When your joints are swollen, accomplishing even minor tasks can be difficult. Even when RA seems to be in remission on the surface, it could still be causing internal damage. These are just some reasons why getting on treatment and staying on treatment is so very important.
My own treatment choices have been fairly simple over the years. Just after I was diagnosed in April 2007, my rheumatologist prescribed methotrexate, sulfasalazine, and plaquenil. I stayed in methotrexate and sulfasalazine until October 2009 when ...
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