Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition that can induce joint pain, inflammation, and damage throughout your body. These issues affecting the joints typically happen on both sides of the body.
Normally, harmless bacteria in the GI tract (many of which aid in digestion) aren’t harmed by the immune system response. But with Rheumatoid Arthritis, these bacteria are mistaken for harmful invaders—triggering cells to travel out of the blood to the gastrointestinal tract, producing inflammation. This may lead to Chron’s symptoms when inflammation doesn’t subside.
This can cause:
Blood or pus in stool
Frequent, recurring diarrhea
Tenesmus: A sudden and constant feeling that you have to move your bowels
Common symptoms can include diarrhea, anemia, joint pain or soreness, and nausea.
There is currently no documented cure for rheumatoid arthritis. However, effective treatment options are available to manage the condition and limit the damage. Treatments include medication, dietary changes, and specialized exercises.
Yes, close monitoring of patients can help patients seek treatment before conditions get ahead of treatment, ensuring patients comply with a treatment plan, medication education, injections at home every eight weeks (depending on the medication), and teaching you about proper nutrition and diet planning.