Rheumatoid Arthritis

DeArk Medical Center PLLC

Internal and Preventive Medicine Clinic located in Charlotte, NC

Rheumatoid arthritis is the third most common type of arthritis, right behind osteoarthritis and gout. Because rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder though, it’s essential to get a thorough diagnosis with top internist Dr. Iyamu, MD, PhD of DeArk Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Iyamu can help relieve your rheumatoid arthritis pain, starting with your first visit. Book your rheumatoid arthritis evaluation either online or over the phone.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Q & A

What causes rheumatoid arthritis?

Most forms of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, are a result of wear-and-tear. What makes rheumatoid arthritis unique is that it’s an autoimmune disease. Instead of wear-and-tear on your joints, your fragile joint tissue is broken down and attacked by your body’s immune system.

For some reason, your immune systems start attacking cells and tissues, which permanently destroys these structures. It isn’t always known why some men and women have rheumatoid arthritis, although medical experts do notice common risk factors, including:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being between 40-60 years of age

While rheumatoid arthritis affects both men and women, it’s more common for women to develop it. It’s also believed that specific environmental exposures — including asbestos or silica — could cause you to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

Are there symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes. Much like other forms of arthritis, you’re likely going to experience joint pain and stiffness with rheumatoid arthritis. Plus, because rheumatoid arthritis is a widespread autoimmune disorder, roughly 40% of men and women with the condition experience issues that don’t involve their joints, including:

  • Fatigue or fever
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Heart or kidney abnormalities
  • Chronic nerve pain

Without proper treatment, many people with rheumatoid arthritis start noticing joint deformities or joints shifting out of place. Since joint deformities are permanent and continue to worsen, it’s important to see Dr. Iyamu right away if you know you have rheumatoid arthritis, or if you have unexplained joint pain.  

How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?

Because no cure exists for rheumatoid arthritis, it’s essential to get treatment before your condition progresses. Standard and effective rheumatoid arthritis treatments include:

  • Corticosteroid medications
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Biologic response modifiers
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs

Dr. Iyamu could also refer you to a physical or occupational therapist to teach you exercises to improve joint flexibility.

While less frequent, men and women who have severe rheumatoid arthritis might need surgery. Rheumatoid arthritis surgery often involves fusing joints, removing inflamed tissue, or repairing tendons.

Before living another day with arthritis pain, book an evaluation at DeArk Medical Center. Schedule through the online booking system, or call the clinic today.

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