Talking with your rheumatologist. RA is a progressive disease, but it doesn’t progress the same way in all people. Treatment options and lifestyle approaches can help you manage RA symptoms and slow or even prevent disease progression.
Is rheumatoid arthritis a degenerative disease?
Although RA and OA both affect your joints, they’re very different forms of the same broader condition. RA is an autoimmune condition, while OA is primarily a degenerative joint condition.
How fast does rheumatoid arthritis progress?
Clinical History. The typical case of rheumatoid arthritis begins insidiously, with the slow development of signs and symptoms over weeks to months. Often the patient first notices stiffness in one or more joints, usually accompanied by pain on movement and by tenderness in the joint.
Is rheumatoid arthritis the same as degenerative disc disease?
In advanced cases, the joint deterioration in the spine can lead to compression of the spinal cord and/or the spinal nerve roots. The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in the spine are generally similar to the symptoms of osteoarthritis (also called degenerative arthritis).
What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative arthritis?
The main difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis is the cause behind the joint symptoms. Osteoarthritis is caused by mechanical wear and tear on joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the body’s joints. It may begin any time in life.
What does RA fatigue feel like?
People who have RA often describe their fatigue as a deep tiredness or slowing down, akin to the feeling someone might have while recovering from the flu. It’s also worth noting that there are other potential causes of fatigue, outside of RA.
How can I prevent degenerative disc disease from getting worse?
Preventing Degenerative Disc Disease
- Stop smoking, or better yet, don’t start — smoking increases the rate of desiccation.
- Be active – regular exercise to increase the strength and flexibility of muscles that surround and support the spine.
What autoimmune disease causes degenerative disc disease?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic, autoimmune disease with potential for multisystem involvement that promotes inflammation. Chronic inflammation of the synovial tissue results in stiffness, pain, warmth and swelling of joints.