Frequently Asked Questions
What is arthritis and what are the symptoms of arthritis?
Is there a cure for arthritis?
Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Patients with arthritis have joint pain, swelling, early morning, and inactivity stiffness. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to avoid long-term joint damage, deformity, and disability, and therefore a Rheumatologist's opinion should be sought as early as possible.
What is 'Autoimmune disease'?
No, unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis yet. However, there are different types of traditional and contemporary treatments for arthritis to achieve remission (completely inactive disease). Targeted therapies including biologics have revolutionized the treatment of arthritis with very good outcomes.
Can arthritis or autoimmune disease affect body parts other than joints?
The immune system normally helps our body to fight against any infections. However, in an autoimmune disease, our immune system attacks our own body/organs by mistaking them for a foreign body. Therefore, it is important to start appropriate treatment as early as possible to arrest disease progression and to avoid complications.
Can diet and exercise help arthritis?
Yes, most arthritis or autoimmune diseases are systemic diseases and so they can affect any part of our body system from head to toes. Therefore, it is vital to be evaluated by a Rheumatologist, if patients have unexplained symptoms or abnormal blood test results suggesting inflammation.
What is the cause of rheumatism?
Of course, specific diet and exercises help arthritis in most of the patients. However, diet and exercises alone do not help everyone and they have to be combined with disease-specific medical treatment in order to achieve better outcomes.
What organs are affected by rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition, which means that it is caused by an attack on healthy body tissue by the immune system. However, what causes this is not yet known. Normally, the immune system produces antibodies that attack bacteria and viruses, which help combat infection.
What are the first signs of rheumatism?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes healthy tissue to mistakenly attack a person's immune system. RA may have wide-ranging consequences when left untreated. RA can affect many of the body's organs along with the joints, including the heart, eyes, and brain, as well as the skeleton.
Can arthritis be cured?
Tender, warm, swollen joints.
Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the mornings and after inactivity.
Fatigue, fever and loss of appetite.
While there is no cure for arthritis, treatments have improved dramatically in recent years and there is a significant advantage in starting treatment at an early stage for many forms of arthritis, particularly inflammatory arthritis. What caused your arthritis can be hard to tell.