Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic and potentially debilitating disease. It results in the inflammation of your joints as well as your lungs, eyes, and skin.
It’s the most common autoimmune arthritis and causes joints to become stiff, swollen, and painful. It can cause a range of other symptoms, such as:
If you think you may have rheumatoid arthritis, schedule an initial consultation at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center. Dr. Nathaniel or Dr. Rebekah performs a thorough physical examination and reviews your health history.
They may also request blood work to see if there are signs of systemic inflammation, including:
Depending on your symptoms, they may also order imaging like X-rays or MRIs.
Because no test definitively diagnoses rheumatoid arthritis, your rheumatologist must use a process of elimination, and rule out other conditions to determine an accurate diagnosis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease and isn’t curable, but with proper care, you can treat its symptoms. Dr. Nathaniel or Dr. Rebekah may suggest non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain management. They may also prescribe methotrexate, which appears to slow the progression of joint damage.
When these medications aren’t enough, Dr. Nathaniel or Dr. Rebekah may recommend infusion therapy with biologics. These medications target inflammation-causing proteins and have helped millions of people continue to live a normal life after rheumatoid arthritis.
Improving your health can significantly improve your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Because stress can cause flare-ups, learning new coping mechanisms and practicing stress-relieving activities like yoga and tai chi, can reduce both the frequency and severity of your symptoms. Dr. Nathaniel and Dr. Rebekah also recommend:
Don’t wait until the pain of rheumatoid arthritis becomes disabling. Seek help now. Contact the team at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center by calling to book your appointment or scheduling it online.
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