Medical Drawbacks that comes with Rheumatoid Arthritis
There are strong chances that you might contract other health problems other than joint inflammation when you are suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis. These health issues might result from RA-related inflammation or medical rheumatoid arthritis symptoms due to higher risks for unspecific reasons. Apart from all other causes, most of these medical issues can be attended to and prevented. Do watch out for any signs and symptoms based on these conditions. Let us discuss each one in detail.
Bone ThinningRA increases the problem of bone thinning and osteoporosis due to the use of medications like corticosteroids. People who suffer from RA usually show withdrawal signs in doing physical activities due to their joint pain. All these issues speed up the issues of bone loss and muscle mass. What one can opt to do is go for daily density scans. Talk with the concerned doctor about doing some bone-strengthening exercise and medications. Have a daily dose of Vitamin D and calcium.
Heart Attack or StrokeSuffering from RA doubles the chances of one suffering from heart diseases. Some of the RA medication increases the risk of getting RA including RA-related inflammation. One should take special care of their diet and eat healthy wholesome food, avoid smoking and keeping a check on their blood pressure and cholesterol level.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphomaThere is one type of cancer that has been linked with RA and it is known as Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Compared with normal people without RA, people with RA have a higher risk of suffering from the same. Other related blood cancers like leukemia and other forms of lymphoma, lung cancer and melanoma might increase the problem. Some drugs like Methotrexate (Trexall) and antitumor Necrosis factor drugs like Adalimumab (Humira), Etanercept (Enbrel) and Infliximab (Remicade) increases the risk of lymphoma risk.
Lung ProblemsOut of the general population, 8% of the people with rheumatoid arthritis develop interstitial lung disease or lung failure. In addition with the joint problems, RA may also affect the lungs and cause scarring. With time, this might lead to breathing problem. Other risk factors like methotrexate and glucocorticosteroids increases the chances of interstitial lung disease. RA will also increase the chances of lung inflammation in the lining, or pleurisy that causes breathing difficulty, and lastly lung nodules that one can mistake for cancer.
DepressionPeople suffering from RA are more likely to suffer from depression compared to other people. It is a possibility as people have to deal with RA along with functional disability, loss of independence, and decrease in quality-of-life. You should seek medical help if you feel you are falling into depression.
VasculitisVasculitis is a rare but serious medical RA condition which results in inflammation of the blood vessels. It also causes sores resulting from poor blood circulation of the skin mainly in fingers or toes and can result in nerve damage of the hands and feet including your organs. This medical condition is a serious side effect and you need to be alarmed for the same. As a result, many patients are affected by it.
Gastrointestinal BleedingAnother medical drawback that comes with arthritis is gastrointestinal problem. In the initial stage, the patient encounters bleeding in the digestive tract and ulcers. It might result from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which are obtainable from any medical store or through prescription. The case may worsen if it is a combination of NSAIDs together with steroids. If you are under medication with NSAID, continue with the same dosage. Do not take more than one NSAID and take aspirin with it at a time. These are some of the medical drawbacks that come with arthritis. Be warned of symptoms that may lead to such serious medical issues.
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