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5 Myths About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Wednesday, 08 Dec 2010 12:29 PM

Despite medical advances, a lot of myths about rheumatoid arthritis still prevail. Common myths about rheumatoid arthritis relate to its cause, prognosis, and treatment.
Popular myths about rheumatoid arthritis make it difficult for even professionals to manage the disease, as patients or caregivers become reluctant to treatments.

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A rheumatologist is the best person to consult about the myths surrounding rheumatoid arthritis, including:
Myth 1: Rheumatoid Arthritis affects only the elderly, and lack of calcium is the chief cause:
Fact: Rheumatoid Arthritis affects mainly middle-aged people, though children and elderly people can also fall prey to this disabling disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. While some elderly sufferers may have underlying calcium deficiency, no actual relation between the two has been established yet.
Myth 2: Rheumatoid arthritis causes stiffness and pain in joints, and patient should take complete rest. Any physical exercise may worsen the pain.
Fact: Rheumatoid arthritis patients require regular physical exercises to keep their joints mobile and strengthen the ir muscles.

Myth 3: Some vaccines may cause Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Fact: Some vaccines may cause short-term joint pains, but there is no scientific data to prove a relationship between vaccination and rheumatoid arthritis.
Myth 4: Rheumatoid arthritis is incurable. Pain, which is an inevitable part of it, is not manageable.
Fact: The latest research reveals that early diagnosis and proper treatment can cure Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, including pain. Various disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help with pain.
Myth 5: Drugs used for Rheumatoid arthritis treatment are toxic and should be started only when the disease progresses.
Fact: Early aggressive medical intervention can definitely slow the progression of disease and arrest the deformity of joints. The benefits of using modern drugs for rheumatoid arthritis treatment certainly outweigh the toxicity caused by them.

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