I have often found it strange that OA wasn’t considered treatable other than by joint replacement. Finally, researchers are taking another look.
We think of osteoporosis as something women get in old age. Women who have rheumatoid arthritis are also at higher risk for developing osteoporosis.
Polymyalgia rheumatica is a disease of the elderly that can cause great difficulty in managing day to day activities.
Spondyloarthritis is a group of similar diseases that affect the spine and other joints in the body. There is a juvenile version that has all the similarities of the adult varieties.
Those who have RA frequently have a second and maybe a third autoimmune disease. Sjogren’s syndrome is often that second disease.
Celiac’s disease is another autoimmune disease. This is the disease where gluten stimulates inflammation and damage to the small intestine.
IBD, inflammatory bowel disease is composed of two diseases: Crohn’s Disease, and ulcerative colitis.
MS is an autoimmune disease where the T cells of our immune system think the cells of the myelin sheath, the nerve covering, is foreign and must be attacked. This arbitrary attack affects the brain, spinal cord and the optic nerve and creates a a variety of symptoms. More women than men have MS. Genetics play a role.
Spondylo means vertebrae or bones in your back. So, you can see that AS affects the spine. With the progression of disease, the vertebral joints fuse causing the spine to be stiff.
Many see rheumatoid arthritis as a disease affecting someone around 30-45 years old. Another variation is developing RA as a senior where the disease is severe making up for those missed earlier years.