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What are some facts about rheumatoid diseases?

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Rheumatoid diseases cause the body to turn on its own tissues. There are over 100 rheumatoid ailments, including gout, fibromyalgia, ankylosing spondylitis, polymyalgia rheumatica and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Other rheumatoid ailments include infectious arthritis, scleredema, reactive arthritis, lupus and osteoarthritis. Statistics show that 46 million Americans suffer from rheumatoid illnesses. Early diagnosis of these diseases helps in pain reduction and in preserving mobility, according to Everyday Health.

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The treatment of several rheumatoid ailments includes pain and inflammation medication. These medications treat symptoms, slow down the progression of these diseases and in some cases stop rheumatoid illnesses from progressing. Treatments depend on the severity, duration, prognosis and the particular disease in question. Non-narcotic analgesics, such as acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Motrin and Advil, aid in treating symptoms of rheumatoid diseases. Narcotic analgesics, such as morphine, hydrocodone and codeine, assist in relieving severe pain, as Everyday Health states.

Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs are essential in the treatment of many kinds of inflammatory arthritis. They act by modifying how the immune system attacks joints. Patients with chronic ailments use these drugs. Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs interact with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents leading to increased negative gastrointestinal side effects, as noted by Everyday Health.

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