Seropositive rheumatoid arthritis

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Seropositive rheumatoid arthritis is chronic joint disease. Usually affects small joints – hands, fingers, ankles, toes and neck bones.

CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS

Usually seropositive arthritis detected by rheumatoid factor, which presented in blood analysis. Additional clinical manifestations are:

  • high ESR level;
  • c-reactive protein increase;
  • low hemoglobin level.

This disease occurs later, it has slow progression type and very rare cases of acute attack. Seropositive form of rheumatoid arthritis has autoimmune origin and may be very dangerous in case of late disease detection.Seropositive RA

CAUSES

Full list of factors that influence disease development is not done yet, but among them are:

  • genetic predisposition to joint inflammatory processes;
  • mechanical injury;
  • allergic reactions;
  • infections and toxins;
  • endocrine system malfunction;
  • hypothermia;
  • long-time stress.

The Epstein-Barr virus is the most significant factor in disease development, it has herpetic origin and mycoplasma infection.

COMPLICATIONS

Developed stage

Due to factors which caused seropositive rheumatoid arthritis, the inflammatory process starts in synovial membrane of joint cavity where fluid exudate takes place.

Early deformation processes which occur during developed stage of seropositive rheumatoid arthritis characterized by:

  • incomplete dislocation;
  • contracture;
  • outside wrist defection;
  • mallet finger form;
  • flat-feet.

Late stageSRA Late stage

When the disease grows into late stage it occurs – tissue damage, bone erosion, joint space narrowing. Joint stiffness is also possible – when cartilaginous joints grow together which leads to loss of motion.

Typical feature of late stage of seropositive rheumatoid arthritis is deformation joint processes. Complications are possible – lungs and cardiovascular system damage. Also possible liver, spleen, lymph nodes enlarging and gastrointestinal upset as a result after non-steroid pain-relieving drugs taking.

GENERAL SYMPTOMS

Rheumatoid nodule is the most common symptom in case of connective tissue damage. During acute phase of the disease fever may occur, especially at early stages. Most common symptoms of this type of rheumatoid arthritis are:

  • skin necrosis in nail plate;
  • joint inflammation;
  • joint motion loss at morning;
  • edema;
  • body weakness;
  • sudden weight loss;
  • excessive sweating and body temperature.

TREATMENT

Treatment methods of seropositive rheumatoid arthritis are directed to slow down the pathological process of the disease, deformation and inflammation prevention.

Combined treatment includes some important porcedures:

  • medication taking;
  • physiotherapy;
  • remedial gymnastics;
  • healthy nutrition;

Basic medication such as ointments for treatment of affected joints, antibiotics and analgetic drugs fight inflammation processes and pain syndrome. While remedial gymnastics directed to extend remission terms and improve joint state.

Exercises are simple, but must be done regularly for long terms. It’s better to exercise at morning.

FOLK METHODS

When medication taking is contraindicated, folk medicine may help.

Treatment of seropositive rheumatoid arthritis by folk methods is quite effective in case of correct proportions of ointments and decoctions.Folk Remedies

Sprouted wheat

Sprouted wheat used in decoction or paste-like form in combination with other ingredients (nuts, honey). Sprouted wheat germs of 3mm thickness required for this remedy.

Ointments

Ointment for joint treatment may be based on turpentine.  Take turpentine 150ml, olive oil and alcohol 70%. Also 3g of camphor added. Keep on cold place.

Another good folk method against seropositive rheumatoid arthritis is radish and honey ointment.  Take 150g of honey and 200ml juice of shredded radish. Add salt (no more than 15g) and mix with 1 glass of alcohol or vodka.

Chestnut

A very effective decoction can be made during period of chestnut blossom. Take high-quality vodka for part of chestnut flowers in 1:2 proportions. Infuse for half of month in dark place. Take up to 5 drops of decoction between meals.

 

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