This disease affects 30% of the world population. Most types of arthritis are incurable, but prompt treatment makes it a disease with a good prognosis.

one out of every 100 people suffers from and that is more common in women between 30 and 50 years old. It is a chronic and autoimmune disease that affects the joints. This means that the immune system attacks its own tissues, causing deep pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis is not just a disease of the joints and the Colombian Association of Rheumatology wants to emphasize this. ” Rheumatoid arthritis is not only a joint problem, it can also compromise different systems and even lead to a decrease in life expectancy when adequate treatment is not carried out ,” says Carlos Enrique Toro, president of the Colombian Association of Rheumatology. Among the commitments it generates are cardiovascular, neurological and eye problems.

This pathology is chronic and progressive. It can start mildly, but if timely treatment is not given, it is capable of developing deformities that can incapacitate the patient for life. It is something that María Antonia, a 43-year-old woman who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis eight years ago, knows very well. “ He had been feeling severe pain in his hands. I thought it was due to overwork, which is always in the field, but one day I was blocked. I couldn’t move my hands, ”he says.

Precisely, joint pain is the most obvious symptom of this disease, which can also be accompanied by frequent tiredness, fever, general discomfort and limitations in daily activities. Faced with any of these symptoms, the doctor should be consulted, as an early diagnosis is the opportunity to better treat the disease and give the patient a better quality of life. ” Current medical treatments and early detection of rheumatoid arthritis allow us to assure the patient that they will be able to have a practically normal life after diagnosis, ” says Toro.

This is a disease that affects not only those who suffer from it but also their environment, since family members generally become caretakers of the arthritis patient, especially when he is incapacitated due to pain and joint deformity. These limitations can also lead to emotional problems like depression. “ The diagnosis was hard, but above all it was not being able to go out to work and that my children had to do everything for me. That was what made me sick the most , ”says María Antonia.

In addition to going to the doctor for any joint pain, other recommendations are to quit smoking, manage stress, engage in regular physical activity and eat a healthy, sufficiently hydrated diet.

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