Seronegative Arthritis Facts and Information Part 1

by admin on May 17, 2011

Part One – Seronegative Arthritis

In these present days, arthritis is a very common among adults all over the world. Among the many types of arthritis affecting many individuals, seronegative arthritis is a type of rheumatoid arthritis. If you have this kind of problem, you might be asking yourself of what is really this kind of disease? Is this is curable or not? What are the important factors that may result into this kind of rheumatoid arthritis? What are the precautionary measures to be done and what are the things to be avoided?

Seronegative arthritis is actually a common disease, though most people who have it may not even realize it; most times the symptoms are mild or unnoticeable. Once the symptoms do become clear, they are not even easily recognizable as coming from any form of arthritis. Back pains or sore feet are examples of this, with back pains being the most common symptoms of the disease. Because of this, those with seronegative arthritis will often have a forward-bending position, if the condition becomes more severe.

There are different types of seronegative arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis commonly affects those who are suffering from the skin condition psioriasis, usually developing ten years after the onset of psoriasis. This form of seronegative arthritis causes joint inflammation and swelling of affected digits. Its cause is yet unknown.

Reiter’s syndrome, or reactive arthritis is an autoimmune condition brought about by an infection in another part of the body. It often manifests itself as an inflammatory arthritis of large joints, like the knee and back, inflammation of the eyes, as well as urethritis or cervicitis in men and women respectively. Patients may also suffer from mucotaneus and psoriasis-like lesions. It’s exact causes are also unknown.

The problem with not diagnosing seronegative arthritis is the fact that rheumatoid arthritis generally needs to be treated early. Damage to the joints and bones can be stopped or at least slowed down using medicines if treated early. However, once significant damage has been done to the bones and joints, it could become permanent. As a result, someone who suffers from this form of rheumatoid arthritis must take medication and/or treatment at the soonest possible time. If however a doctor does not diagnose the disease properly, then the said patient may not receive treatment until much later to which significant damage could have been done already.

The treatment of seronegative arthritis is similar to that of rheumatoid arthritis, commonly using NSAIDs or joint injections to relieve pain and discomfort. In severe cases, orthopedic surgery may be required to prevent the destruction of the joints, replacing the joint with a prosthetic. Surgery may also be used to correct disfigurement of the joints.

Some forms of seronegative arthritis can be very difficult to live with, and seronegative arthritis is often difficult to diagnose. Should you start feeling some of the above mentioned symptoms, consult with your health professional immediately.

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