When I struggle out of bed in the mornings everything in my body seems to hurt-from my hands to my feet, and especially my knees. Now, this is understandable given I am an active senior in my 80s. They tell me it’s Arthritis, but what does that really mean? You see, there are two different types- Osteoarthritis and it’s evil twin Rheumatoid Arthritis. It is important to know the difference. Yes, they both hurt but Osteoarthritis is the degenerative type of disease and Rheumatoid is actually an autoimmune disease that is far more dangerous to your health. RA, as it is commonly known not only causes inflammation along with it’s payload of swelling and stiffness, but it can also attack your internal organs. OA comes on gradually, while RA symptoms seem to hit a lot quicker. You need to see your doctor and get tested as the treatments differ as well. Xrays and MRIs can help distinguish the difference between the two. RA can also be diagnosed by a blood test. If you have RA your doctor can prescribe medication that will help reduce the pain, and protect your heart, lungs, and other vital organs. So, if you are suffering similar ailments to mine, don’t wait-make that appointment today. You can not only feel better knowing which type you have but can live a much more productive life with the proper treatment.
- Lou Reinitz LJR Insurance Solutions LLC