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|Posted By : Dr.Vinod Ravindran, MD,MRCP(UK),MSc-Rheumatology(UK), CCT-Rheumatology(UK), MRCP-Rheumatology(UK), FRCP (Edin)|
|Posted On : 16 Mar 2010 (Total Views : 2113)|
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease where inflammation leads to pain, stiffness and if left untreated, destruction of the joints. Besides the joints it can also affect eyes, skin, bone marrow, lungs and heart. It is important that the diagnosis is established soon and the management is under the supervision of a qualified rheumatologist to ensure that patient has the best treatment. Some unfounded myths regarding the rheumatoid arthritis and its treatment could prove detrimental to overall health.
1. Myth: Rheumatoid arthritis is an incurable disease!
Fact: In the last 10 years the options to treat rheumatoid arthtirs have expanded tremendously. With early diagnosis and systematic approach to treatment rheumatoid arthritis can be very effectively treated. In every stage of the disease a qualified rheumatologist can use several interventions to relieve pain and stiffness.
2. Myth: Medicines used in the treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis are harmful!
Fact: Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is complex and should always be supervised by a qualified rheumatologist. Used judiciously medicines will give desired benefit in rheumatoid arthritis and side effects can be minimal.
3. Myth: Joints deformities cannot be prevented!
Fact: The joint deformities can be prevented if the treatment is optimised by the best use of medicines. This requires a lot of skill and experience which a qualified rheumatologist can provide.
4. Myth: Because treatments for rheumatoid arthritis are complex, it's best to wait until the disease progresses before beginning treatment!
Fact: There is now abundant proof that treating rheumatoid arthritis early prevents joint damage and disability. Ideally, treatment should start as soon as possible after diagnosis. Delaying treatment can mean worse outcomes down the road.
5. Myth: Painful, stiff joints from rheumatoid arthritis need to rest most of the day!
Fact: With appropriate treatment patients can remain people mobile and could take up exercise and physical activity and retain their jobs.
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