Introduction Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of the most common forms of chronic inflammatory rheumatism congregated under “chronic arthritis.” It is included in autoimmune diseases, where immunity attacks the patient’s own body. It sometimes affects other organs of the body.
Broad topic Rheumatoid Arthritis
Narrow topic Causes, evolution, and diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis
Points developed The reasons for rheumatoid arthritis; how joint pains are developed; diagnosis of disease
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Topic Support Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune ailment in which the immune system attacks the joints’ synovial membrane, in particular by producing antibodies called “autoantibodies.”
Transition Consider how the disease is developed and evolved.
Topic Support The course of rheumatoid arthritis varies greatly from person to person. In most cases, the disease sets in gradually, in flare-ups over several weeks or months. Symptoms can also come on suddenly. The disease outbreaks are interspersed with periods of improvement of varying lengths, ranging from a few weeks to a few years. After three to four months of the right treatment, the disease’s progression becomes slow.
Conclusion The evolution and progression of this disease are hard to be predicted.
Transition Consequently, the diagnosis of the disease is important.
Topic Support Deformation of the joints and other symptoms might appear over time, which require an early diagnosis. For example, fingers are said to deform into a “swan neck” or “buttonhole.” When not treated properly, the disease can, therefore, lead to a loss of dexterity. Simple gestures, such as turning a doorknob or holding a pencil, might become laborious.
Conclusion To avoid disease complications, it is better to consult the doctor when the patient first experiences early symptoms.
Summary It is clear that rheumatoid arthritis is a serious condition with wide-ranging consequences; therefore, the information mentioned in this short essay might be used to improve nursing education and procedures. The nurses should know the latest research on this disease. Fortunately, the right treatments, taken in the early stages of the disease, can limit the disability and destruction of the joints. Besides, by adopting a lifestyle that allows them to alleviate pain, most sufferers achieve a good quality of life.