Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatment and Testing by TestDiagnostics

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which causes inflammation in your joints and other parts of the body
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London, United Kingdom (prHWY.com) March 4, 2013 - TestDiagnostics, a UK based supplier of accredited laboratory assessment testing kits offers an accurate and effective Rheumatoid Arthritis Test. This tests is 99.9% accurate and checks for levels of Citrullinated Protein Antibodies (CPA) and Rheumatoid Factors (RF) in the blood. Both CPA and RF are early indicators of Rheumatoid Arthritis which if discovered early can be more effectively treated to minimise damage and allow for preventative measures to be adopted. Testdiagnostics.Com

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which causes inflammation in your joints and other parts of the body. It is caused when body's defence mechanisms are triggered even though a threat does not exist. For instance, the immune system attacks the joints causing joint pain and swelling.

In the UK it is considered the second most common type of arthritis affecting 1 out of every 100 people and 3 times more women than men. It is common in all ages regardless of physical condition, however is most prevalent in adults aged between 30 to 50 years old.

The most common symptoms usually include painful or swollen inflamed joints, fatigue, depression, anaemia, flu like symptoms and irritability. Further symptoms, however less common may include weight loss, rheumatoid nodules, inflammation of the eyes or other body parts.

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In most cases people will endure continued joint pain with swelling and experience what is referred to as 'flare-ups'. A flare up occurs when the joints become warm as the blood flow increases to these areas. Extra fluid is then created by the synovial membrane resulting in swelling of the ligaments around the joints which in turn causes stiffness or swollen painful joints. In other words the pain and stiffness fluctuates and worsens during flare ups but can wear off within 45 minutes or so.

In other cases people will always suffer mild rheumatoid arthritis however a small number experience severe symptoms resulting in extensive disability. 1 in 5 cases develop rather quickly but more often the symptoms develop over an extended period of time. Approximately 1 in 20 people who suffer with this form of arthritis experience severe damage in the joints whilst others may develop very little (if any) damage.

It is still not known why humans are affected by rheumatoid arthritis and scientist have yet discover a specific gene that is responsible for this form of arthritis. Research shows that at least 0.5% of all population groups will develop rheumatoid arthritis with studies illustrating Pima and Chippewa Indians being more prone to the it then Chinese or Japanese. This fact alone seems to indicate that a specific gene is at work in causing rheumatoid arthritis. In 2007 researchers in Manchester, United Kingdom managed to identify a genetic variant that is believed to affect the behaviour of a gene closely associated and involved in the inflammation process.

Various treatments and tests are available that can help detect and ultimately minimise the harmful effects of rheumatoid arthritis. Whilst there is no cure early detection and treatment is crucial to lessen the damage. Treatment options may include painkillers or analgesics, non-steriod based anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAID's, disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or DMARD'S and steroids. It is also beneficial to maintain a healthy balanced diet, a healthy weight, a good balance between exercise and rest and sufficient rest in order to fight fatigue. Diagnoses can be achieved by a variety of combined methods including a physical assessment by a Doctor, x-rays, scans and blood tests.

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The Rheumatoid Arthritis test from TestDiagnostics is simple and easy to use. The test involves the collection of a blood sample via a finger prick with the lancet provided in the kit. Once the sample has been collected by you it can be posted to TestDiagnostics partner laboratory for full analysis and assessment. Results tend to take approximately 15 days to be processed and will be provided to you by your selected means of communication.

It is always advisable to discuss the results with your doctor or an appropriately trained medical advisor or nurse.

About US

TestDiagnsotics.com is a London based company specialising in mail order laboratory tests. The easy to use websites allows customers to order their desired test and have it delivered to either their home or work address. The customer then provides a sample, in most cases either urine or saliva which is then posted back to the lap in a free return envelope. As soon as the test is processed the customer will be informed of their results. The concept is proving to be very popular for people who want to protect their own privacy and want a quick and easy service.

Test Diagnostics Limited
78 York Street
United Kingdom
WebSite: http://www.testdiagnostics.com/uk/
Ph: 020 3286 2268


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