Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
The most obvious sign of any form of Arthritis is painful and swollen joints, but Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms are something that should never be “shrugged off” as the problems that can follow are far more dangerous than many realise.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an auto immune disorder that can be quite hard to detect unless you are experiencing an attack or flare up at the time. Spotting the symptoms early is always going to ensure you can receive the best possible treatment, but what are the warning signs?
A sad truth is that as so many signs are common with many other Inness’s, many people may not realise they have the condition until its later stages. Here we shall look at the main symptomsfor the more severe form of RA.
Pain and swelling are just one of the many things you may suffer, and all too often it is not enough to be sure. If you should see any of the symptoms here then you should be speaking to a doctor as soon as possible:
Chest Pain:Often misunderstood and thought to be signs of heart problems, you should never be afraid to call an ambulance should you experience this symptom.
When a flare up happens, it can be intensely painful around the chest and leave a patient struggling for breath.
RA can affect the muscles around the heart and sufferers are far more likely to have health issues related to heart disease as a result. Lung infections are also more common.
Loss of feeling: It is not uncommon for a sufferer to find that they lose feeling in affected areas. This is often due to the swelling pushing on the nerves and affecting there ability to work properly.
Most common is a loss of feeling in the hands, or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, though for most people with RA, any of the extremities can be affected. Though it is more common for joints to be affected in pairs, you may find that only one side is affected so this should never be ignored.
RA can also affect the balance of a sufferer, leading them to stumble frequently or even fall.
Little red or Black Spots: You have started to develop little red or black spots around your fingernails? Then you defiantly should see a doctor. Fortunately this symptom is very rare indeed, but can be a sign of irreversible damage where blood cells have died as result of the condition.
Left alone, the problem can get a lot worse and even lead to the loss of the fingers. NEVER ignore this should you see any change.
Eye Problems: A lot of RA victims tend to wear glasses anyway, though obviously this is a condition that will strike anyone. As a result many may miss one of the most obvious signs as they simply put it down to tiredness or eye strain. Big Mistake!
The eyes are often a target for RA, most commonly they may feel dry and irritated and a few simple eye drops can help rectify this. It does not need to be just something you put up with.
But sudden swelling or inflammation in the eyes and pain can be sign of more serious problems.
Stomach Problems:More common in people that have had a diagnosis as the drugs used to treat Rheumatoid can often cause issues themselves. Sadly there are few drugs that do not have side effects.
Most common is the development of ulcers in the stomach lining. Do not be afraid to speak to your doctor if you start experiencing any issues with regards to your gut, they may be able to treat any issues quickly and maybe even sort out some alternative treatment to try and reduce the risks.
Fever: Another side effect that can be experienced by anyone having treatment can be the possibility of further infection. Though it is limited to particular drugs and your doctor will be able to advise you of any side effects.
Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
Seek help straight away, RA sufferers already have weaker immune systems, so early treatment is vital. The good news is that few people reach a point where they cannot be treated and thankfully sever issues are very rare indeed.
Sudden Bruising:Do you bruise easily? Many people do, but it can be a warning sign of complications, especially if you have already been diagnosed. If you suddenly start to develop bruises you cannot explain there may be further complications.
Fatigue: Your body knows better than you when something is wrong. Sudden feelings of tiredness, night-sweats or weight loss can be a sure sign of issues and you should look into changes to how you treat the condition.
Speak to your doctor for further advice.
Bone Problems: If you should get a facture or break, it can be a sign that you may have begun to develop osteoporosis, with women most commonly affected. Rheumatoid Arthritis is known to cause bone loss and that in turn will make it easier for bones to become damaged.
Exercise is vital in living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and a diet rich in vitamin C and D if you are to help prevent any issues with regards to this.
Just because you do show signs of more severe symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, do not be tempted to let the condition rule your life. Yes you may have to make changes, but many people now can continue a fairly normal routine provided they just remain aware of what can go wrong.