If you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), you are probably used to pain and swollen joints. However, there is some pain that should signal to you that your condition is getting worse. There are also some symptoms that you should not take for granted and should warrant you to seek professional help.
Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs when the body’s own immune system begins to attack itself. This can cause a lot of joint pain. But it is more than just pain. RA is an actual disease and with any disease you have to be aware of when it is beginning to progress or when it is getting worse. Some symptoms that may signal that this is the case with RA include:
Shortness Of Breath Or Chest Pain
A person, who suffers from RA, has a better chance of developing a heart attack. The reason why is because the disease can affect the vessels and the muscles in the heart. If you begin to feel shortness of breath or chest pain, seek medical help immediately.
Numbness Or Tingling
RA can cause numbness or tingling in the feet or hands. This can be caused by inflammation in the nerves. This numbness can cause weakness or clumsiness. If it continues it can even cause nerve damage.
If you begin to experience any numbness or tingling on a regular basis, you need to speak to your doctor about the sensations and be evaluated.
The Inability To Move Your Hand Or Foot
If you can’t move your hand or foot suddenly for no reason you need to seek immediate medical help. This is a signal that nerve damage may have occurred. This is a condition that rarely happens but can happen to patients who have RA.
Spots On Or Around Your Fingertips
If you suddenly notice small red or black spots on your fingertips, that may indicate that the tissues in that area of your finger has died. This is due to inflammation of the blood vessels. The spots can signal that an inflammation is occurring.
Red Or Inflamed Eyes
Sudden red eyes that include pain could signal that you have an inflammation in your eye or eyes due to your RA condition. If this ever occurs, you need to seek medical attention immediately.
Most of the medications that is used to treat RA can cause a lot of stomach pain. It can also cause stomach ulcers, and stomach bleeding. You should consult with your doctor the best medications you should take to help prevent RA pain and discuss any stomach discomfort you may be having.
Infections and Fevers
People with RA have a very low immune system. For this reason, they can easily acquire infections and fevers. If you suspect that you have any type of infection, seek medical help.
Yes, RA comes with many problems. If you have currently been diagnosed with this disease, it is in your best interest to learn all you can about the disease itself, including the severe symptoms that may occur one day.