Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis is a painful condition where joints swell and cause pain. It is known as an inflammatory type of arthritis and is also considered to be an auto-immune disease. It is a chronic health condition and is faced by many. It can occur while a person is still young (below 40) and affects every part of life if untreated.
What is Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs in about 20% of people. It happens when the rheumatoid part tests negative. There is a vague consensus that the diagnosis of seronegative rheumatoid arthritis is a less severe form of rheumatoid arthritis, but this is not always correct. Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis can be categorized into inflammatory or non-inflammatory types.
Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect every part of a person’s life. It starts with pain. It could be pain in a joint, but it could be worse; whole body aches. The pain can be so severe that normal, everyday activities become impossible.
Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis can be separated or categorized into three areas. Monoarthritis, where it involves only one joint, can be caused or triggered by gout, septic arthritis, trauma, tumors or other similar diseases or conditions of crystal deposits. Oligoarthritis, where it involved 2 or 3 joints can be triggered, again, by gout but also juvenile idiopathic arthritis or even psoriasis. Polyarthritis, where it involves more than 5 joints, can be triggered by juvenile idiopathic arthritis or scleroderma. This is not an exhaustive list.
Symptoms of Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis
Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis generally involves joint pain in knees, ankles and other large joints. There is often inflammation in tendons, ligaments and joints. There is also often inflammation in the sacroiliac joints or even the spine. Inflammation can also occur in the eyes, heart and large bowel.
Treatment of Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis
Seeing a doctor is the first step to treating seronegative rheumatoid arthritis. The doctor will probably run tests and it can take time for the diagnosis to become clear. During this stage it is possible the doctor will prescribe an anti-inflammatory but once diagnosis is made, there is more he or she can do.
The doctor will refer a patient to a rheumatologist. They will then look at further treatment options, including corticosteroid tablets to assist with inflammation, anti-rheumatic medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and pain killers. Other patients have found that changing their diet and seeing a naturopath in combination with a rheumatologist has been beneficial. There are also options to use antibiotic therapy or antibiotic protocol. Antibiotic protocol is a course of treatment where low dose antibiotics are used to attack the bacteria that are triggering the chronic disease or condition.
Many of the medications used to treat seronegative rheumatoid arthritis have severe side effects. Not all treatment options will work for everyone. Finding a doctor who will treat you in line with how you want to be treated will help. Discussing options with the doctor and outlining your reasons for not wanting to take certain courses of action will assist in making things easier and clearer.