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•Swelling in joints
•Pain in joints and soreness, especially with movement
•Pain after overuse or after long periods of inactivity
•Stiffness after periods of rest
•Bony enlargements in the middle and end joints of the fingers (which may or may not be painful
Medication for RA
While the disease is in initial stages, medications prescribed are for pain relief and reducing inflammation and also with least side effects. As the disease progresses, stronger medications may are required for managing the disease.
Non Steroidal anti inflammatory drugs for eg Advil will give pain relief but will not slow down the progression of the disease. When taken over a long period complications would include gastric ulcers, blood pressure, kidney, liver damage and heart problems
Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis
In response to a question raised on what's RA and for the benefit of those who may have skipped some of our posts, RA stands for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Treatment is aimed at reducing inflammation to the joints, relieving pain, minimizing any disability caused by pain, joint damage or deformity, and either slowing down or preventing damage to the joints. Currently there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, the treatment improves quality of life dramatically and also helps in preventing deformity by controlling and managing the disease.