Rheumatism is a non specific term for medical problems affecting the joints and connective tissue.

1. what is Rheumatism
Rheumatism or rheumatic disorder is a non specific term for medical problems affecting the joints and or connective tissue.The study of, and therapeutic interventions in, such disorders is called rheumatology.

2. Who Gets Rheumatoid
Anyone can get this disease, though it occurs more often in women. Rheumatoid arthritis often starts in middle age and is most common in older people. But children and young adults can also get it.

3. Symptoms
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic long term disease. Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can come and go, and each person with RA is affected differently. Some people have long periods of remission. Their rheumatoid arthritis is inactive, and they have few or no symptoms during this time. Other people might have near constant rheumatoid arthritis symptoms for months at a stretch.
Although rheumatoid arthritis can involve different parts the body, joints are always affected. When the disease acts up, joints become inflamed. Inflammation is the bodys natural response to infection or other threats, but in rheumatoid arthritis inflammation occurs inappropriately and for unknown reasons.

4. Palindromic Rheumatism
Palindromic rheumatism draws its name from the root word palindromic, which means to come and come again. The name Palindromic rheumatism is meant to tell you that this joint condition begins and ends in a similar way suddenly.
Click through this slideshow to learn about this type of rheumatic disorder. Talk with your doctor if any of the symptoms match what youre currently experiencing.

5. Causes
Researchers do not know what causes PR. However, they do believe PR is strongly connected to RA. People with PR often have many of the same protein markers as people with RA. Therefore, doctors believe PR may be one condition on a spectrum of rheumatic disorders related to RA.
Additionally, research suggests there may be an important connection between PR and antiphospholipid syndrome. The immune symptom of a person with this syndrome mistakenly produces antibodies against normal proteins in the body.

6. Risk Factors
Researchers have been unable to identify a common thread among people with PR. That means they have been unable to determine who will get PR and who wont. However, they have identified several risk factors
  • age PR is most often diagnosed in people between 20 and 70.
  • gender Both men and women are affected equally.
  • specific proteins People with the rheumatoid factor protein are more likely to develop PR.

  • 7. Diagnosed
    The fleeting nature of PR attacks and the lack of visible damage to joints make a diagnosis difficult. Theres no single test that can diagnose PR. Additionally, the symptoms of PR may be confused with other types of arthritis or disorders. This may further complicate the diagnosis.
    PR is typically diagnosed when all other potential causes have been identified and eliminated. Your doctor will take into account your health history and the symptoms you experience when making a diagnosis.

    8. Rheumatism Treated
    PR is often treated with the same medicines used to treat malaria. Though it may sound odd, research has shown that these medicines reduce the duration of PR attacks on your joints. Also, malaria medicines have been found to reduce the likelihood that PR will progress to RA.
    Additionally, your doctor may suggest you take nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs NSAIDS. NSAIDS may help reduce inflammation and swelling in the affected joints. They may also reduce the likelihood that PR will progress to chronic RA.

    9. When Do I Call the Doctor
    One major purpose of seeing the doctor is to get better. The doctor knows this. If a patient with rheumatoid arthritis has seen the doctor and is started on a treatment program and is not showing improvement but is worsening, notification of the doctor is appropriate. After starting a new treatment program, it sometimes takes time for the medications, physical therapy, etc., to control the inflammation. It is up to the doctor to decide if things are on course.

    10. complications
    Since rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease, its inflammation can affect organs and areas of the body other than the joints. Inflammation of the glands of the eyes and mouth can cause dryness of these areas and is referred to as Sj

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