Encinitas, CA specialist offers effective pain relief, integrative treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis patients who visit Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center often describe “characteristic” symptoms, for instance, joint pain and tenderness in the hands, feet, elbows, and knees. The sooner you can seek treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis pain in Encinitas, CA at the office of Board-certified Rheumatologist, Dr. Peter Lloyd, the quicker you get back to performing everyday tasks without pain, and to enjoying the activities that you once loved. Furthermore, effective treatment that goes beyond temporary pain relief also helps to prevent complications, such as joint deformities.
RA pain, explained
As inflammation irritates the joint, pain may be felt when Rheumatoid Arthritis is “active.” Additionally, you may be in pain when the disease is inactive due to damage from previous injuries, akin to old sports injuries that flare up. Since inflammation affects the nerves in your joints, they may feel tender to the touch. Even slight pressure during sleep can cause pain that keeps you up at night!
While RA pain may start in the smaller joints, it can gradually progress to larger ones if the disease can run its course. Those with RA also tend to experience joint warmth and redness, and stiffness that limits their mobility.
RA may also be distinguished from other types of arthritis pain, as it is frequently described as “symmetrical” in nature, meaning that the pain is felt in the joints on both the left and right sides of the body. The pain on one side may hurt more than the other side and can evolve throughout the day.
RA pain relief, demystified
Fortunately, there are quite a few ways to effectively ease painful and debilitating symptoms. Following a thorough physical examination, evaluation of your medical history, and blood and imaging tests to rule out other sources of your pain, Dr. Lloyd may recommend medications. These medications are generally divided into those that treat symptoms for often immediate and temporary relief, and those that stop the progression of the disease – important to prevent further damage.
Additionally, RA sufferers tend to experience other systemic symptoms that may be similar to symptoms experienced by patients with other types of arthritis of conditions; for instance, RA patients may have fibromyalgia-like fatigue, depression, and muscles aches; however, fatigue among Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers is often due to pain interfering with the ability to get quality sleep.
It is important to turn to a specialist who can accurately distinguish RA from other conditions. So you can be treated with the right medications and other therapies. Dr. Lloyd’s patients have had great success with his integrative approach to treating RA, which also accounts for diet and supplementation, physical therapy and relaxation techniques, and other lifestyle and environmental factors. Call 760-509-2429 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lloyd at Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center.