Working together with patients and providers for
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
1.6 million Americans about 75% are women, deal with the signs and symptoms of RA on a regular basis.
It is an autoimmune disorder, where the immune system will mistakenly attack the body’s own tissues, specifically the synovium, a thin membrane that lines the joints. When this happens, it causes inflammation which can lead to pain, stiffness, and swelling in the smaller joints like your hands and feet. This pain and swelling can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. This can occur at any age but it is most common after the age of 40.
Signs & Symptoms:
Early RA tends to affect your smaller joints first like in your fingers and your toes. As the disorder progresses the symptoms spread to the wrist, knees, ankles, elbows, hips, and shoulders. These signs and symptoms may come and go and can be worse at times than others. If you have symptoms that persist you should consider seeing a doctor, symptoms like:
- Tender, warm, swollen joints
- Morning stiffness that lasts for hours
- Firm bumps of tissues under the skin on your arms called rheumatoid nodules
- Fatigue, fever, and weight loss
- Stay active and engage in regular exercise and physical activity to strengthen joints and maintain flexibility
- Physical therapy can also help develop better range of affected joints
- Heat and/or cold can provide pain relief and loosen stiff joints
How We Can Help:
Delmarva provides medications to these Americans living with RA to help them enjoy and continue to fulfill their lives. We offer patients help with managing their treatments as well as to alleviate the pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Our pharmacists are trained to provide counseling and educate our patients on the treatment they are receiving. We want our patients to understand and provide all available information to them about this disorder and their specific treatment.