Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder where your body mistakenly attacks your body’s tissues, causing chronic inflammation in your joints as well as other bodily systems. Unlike osteoarthritis (which is often called just “arthritis”) that affects the joints specifically, rheumatoid arthritis can affect your eyes, skin, lungs, and even your heart.
Rheumatoid arthritis, if unmanaged, can lead to physical disability. Therefore, it is important to be able to identify its early symptoms and be under the care of a physician for treatment.
Let’s talk about the common signs of rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
Rheumatoid arthritis tends to first attack your smaller joints, specifically the ones at the base of your fingers and toes – where they meet the rest of your hands and feet, respectively. As RA progresses, the pain reaches your wrists, elbows, hips, ankles, and shoulders.
This type of arthritis tends to produce the following symptoms:
- Tenderness and swelling of the joints
- Joint pain that affects a few or all joints
- Redness on the site of inflammation
- Joint deformity
- Joint stiffness in the mornings that lasts for 30 minutes
- Joint stiffness after inactivity
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of range of motion
- Difficulty walking; limping
- Symmetrical joint issues affecting both sides of the body
Rheumatoid arthritis can also affect other systems of the body beyond the joints. The symptoms of this can include:
- Dry eyes
- Redness in eyes
- Impaired vision
- Dry mouth
- Irritated or infected gums
- Marks on the skin (rheumatoid nodules)
- Shortness of breath
- Nerve damage
The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may come and go, which makes it tricky to diagnose. Moreover, RA also shares symptoms with many other diseases, which only adds to the challenge of properly diagnosing the condition.
There is also no single test to confirm rheumatoid arthritis. However, this is not to say that you’re better off not seeking medical attention for the condition. Ultimately, a doctor can put you on the right path to managing the symptoms of chronic inflammation so it doesn’t interfere with your life.
Interventional Pain Management for Rheumatoid Arthritis
The main goal of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is to reduce inflammation and to manage pain symptoms. If you are interested in receiving life-changing relief from chronic inflammation and pain, Lynx Healthcare provides comprehensive care to patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis in Washington State and New Mexico.
Our pain management physicians are experienced in the most advanced diagnostic and treatment methods available for chronic pain sufferers. We provide interventional pain management to our patients at an affordable price. Ultimately, we want patients who suffer from pain to have access to pain-relief treatment.
Whether you have arthritis pain, have unusual symptoms of an unknown ailment, or are simply looking for a family doctor, contact our friendly team today at Lynx Healthcare. You can call us at (509) 591-0070 or request an appointment now via our easy-to-use online form. We look forward to serving you!