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Rheumatoid Arthritis, Myths & Facts, Dr. Ashish Badika, reheumatologyindore.com

Rheumatoid Arthritis – Myths & Facts – Dr. Ashish Badika – Arthritis & Rheumatology Center

It has been seen that people have various kinds of myths in relation to Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Here are the facts:

Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Only Joints

False. R can affect multiple body organs such as the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys, not just the joints. In fact, it can also cause systemic symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, and fever.

Joints Deformities Cannot be Prevented

It is not like that. Joint deformities can be prevented if the treatment is optimized by the best use of medicines, this needs a lot of skill and experience which a qualified rheumatologist can only provide.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an Incurable Disease

Development in the last few years options for the treatment of RA has evolved tremendously. Early diagnosis and a systematic approach for treating RA can be very effectively managed. In every stage of the disease, a qualified rheumatologist can use several interventions for relieving pain and stiffness.

Medicines Used in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis are Very Harmful

No doubt that the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is very complex and must always be supervised by a highly experienced rheumatologist. Usage of correct medicines and the right doses will certainly give the desired benefit in RA avoiding side effects.

Ask your doubts and clarify with your Rheumatologist rather than believing false facts.

Dr. Ashish K Badika has 3 years of advanced training in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology including 2 years Post Doctoral.

He has extensive exposure to Systemic Autoimmune Disorder (Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Seronegative spondyloarthritis, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Scleroderma, Gout, Myositis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Vasculitic conditions, and Paediatric rheumatology disorders).

Rheumatoid Arthritis & Eye Problems - Dr. Ashish Badika, rheumatologyindore.com

Rheumatoid Arthritis & Eye Problems – Dr. Ashish Badika, Arthritis & Rheumatology Center, Indore

Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis may suffer from various eye problems like dry eyes, episcleritis, scleritis, or uveitis.

Eye symptoms include dryness or redness in the eyes, foreign body sensation, itching, photophobia, pain, vision changes, blurring of vision, darkness, floating spots in the field of vision, eye pain, redness, and sensitivity to light. Various eye diseases are associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis like Keratitis, Uveitis, Retinal Vascular Occlusion, cataracts, and conjunctivitis.

Kerato Conjunctivitis sicca (KCS) or Dry Eye Disease (DED) is the most common eye problem in patients of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s an eye condition associated with insufficient lubrication of the eye caused by decreased tear formation.

Episcleritis may be a manifestation of RA, occurring in less than 1 percent of patients. It is typically described as a discomfort, rather than pain, acute in onset, and is usually self-limiting. Scleritis patients have severe, constant, boring pain in the eyes that worsens at night or early morning hours and radiates to the face.

Redness, fuzzy vision, sensitivity to light, pain, and “flying flies” or black patches that seem to float in the eyes are all signs of uveitis. Depending on the inflamed location of the eye, there are many forms of uveitis. Whether you have arthritis or not, early detection and treatment of vision problems can help prevent vision loss.

If you have RA and have eye symptoms such as itching, foreign body sensation, redness, pain, or loss of vision you should visit an ophthalmologist at the earliest.

Dr. Ashish K Badika has 3 years of advanced training in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology including 2 years Post Doctoral.

He has extensive exposure to Systemic Autoimmune Disorder (Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Seronegative spondyloarthritis, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Scleroderma, Gout, Myositis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Vasculitic conditions, and Paediatric rheumatology disorders)