Rheumatoid Arthritis And Getting Help

By: Greg Marsh

If you suffer from rheumatoid conditions like that of arthritis, it is increasingly important for you to get the help that you need in dealing with this condition. Although there are many people that don't get the help they need, if you do, you will have the opportunity to lessen the pain that you feel and improve your overall well being and use of your body. Without help, the condition that you are facing can worsen significantly. Even still, many times people avoid going to the doctor for fear that they will simply not find benefit, feel that it costs too much or are afraid of the diagnosis procedure. In all of these cases, it is still important to make it there.

Complications Can Arise For Those With Rheumatoid
If you do not get the care that you need, or your symptoms are beyond that of what can be helped (which really must be quite severe) then you are prone to developing complications of your condition. Those complications can range greatly, but can include a number of things.

As your arthritis continues to worsen, you are left with swollen joints that are painful to use. Your joints can become quite deformed. In addition to this, you are left with loss of use of that joint. Some doctors believe that if you don't get help for your rheumatoid condition you can end up with heart diseases as well. All of this comes about not because you can't find improvement, but because you didn't seek out the help and treatment that is available to you.

What Happens At The Doctor's Office?
When you go in to see the doctor, he or she will want to know about your symptoms. They will ask you a number of questions including the severity of the pain that you are in, the location of the pain as well as when it hurts the most. In addition to this, a physical exam will be done. Your doctor wants to see the range of motion that you have. He or she wants to feel the location that is suffering from pain. They will also want to take a history of your medical experiences if they don't have one on file. All of this information points the doctor into the direction for making a decision.

Usually, there is more to the screening for rheumatoid conditions than just this. Your doctor will want to do a blood test on you. This blood test will be an erythrocyte sedimentation rate or ESR, which will explain to the doctor if there are any inflammations happening in your body. In addition to this screening, one called a rheumatoid arthritis blood test will be taken which tells your doctor if you have this abnormal antibody in your blood.

In addition to this type of exam, an x-ray will usually be done to confirm what your doctor probably already knows, that you have a rheumatoid condition and which type it is. From that understanding, you both will work towards finding treatment options that simply work for treating the pain and the loss of motion that you feel.

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