Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder. In patients suffering from RA, the immune system attacks healthy cells in their body by mistake, primarily the joints, which leads to inflammation and painful swelling. This inflammation can damage other parts of the body as well including the skin, lungs, eyes, kidneys, and heart. RA can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity and lead to a series of physical disabilities. Fatigue, fever, and loss of appetite are additional symptoms of the disorder.

Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis
While doctors don’t know exactly what causes RA, it is believed to have a genetic component. Your genes may make you more susceptible to environmental factors that can lead to the onset of RA. In addition to a genetic predisposition to the disorder, other risk factors for RA include being a woman, being middle-aged, being a smoker, and being overweight.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
Because there is no known cure for the disease, RA treatment is largely focused on managing the pain and inflammation that the disease causes. Treatment is most effective when it begins early. Among the most common treatments are NSAIDs such as ibuprofen; corticosteroid medications like prednisone; and DMARDs (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs), whether of the conventional variety or newer versions such as biologic response modifiers or targeted synthetic DMARDs.

In addition, RA treatment may consist of physical and occupational therapy or surgery to repair damaged joints. One additional option is ketamine infusion therapy, an innovative treatment that is highly effective at managing chronic pain without being addictive. Ketamine therapy can be a fast-acting solution for many forms of pain conditions and disorders, including RA.

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