Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMD’s) can be categorised into 2 types- Inflammatory and Non-inflammatory.
Non-inflammatory RMD’s include:
- Degenerative Spine Diseases
Inflammatory RMD’s include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Reactive Arthritis
- Connective Tissue Diseases
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Here are some facts about RMD’s you might not have known:
- Nearly a quarter of all people in the European Union are affected- that’s over 120 million people
- RMD’s can affect men and women of all ages, including children and babies
- Some RMD’s are more common among certain demographics- women are more likely to be affected by Fibromyalgia, Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis- men are more likely to be affected by Gout and Spondyloarthropathies
Arthritis and other RMD’s can be hereditary, but just because someone in your family has been affected, does not mean you will be. They can be triggered by lifestyle factors. Some contributing factors include:
- Excessive weight
- Sedentary lifestyles
- Increasing age
- Occupations which demand overuse of muscles/joins and can cause injuries
In some cases, the causes are unknown.
Some symptoms associated with Arthritis are:
- Inflammation shown by joint swelling, stiffness, redness or warmth
- Persistent muscle and joint pain
- Extreme fatigue
- Stiffness and restricted movement or flexibility
- Joint deformity
- Symptoms affecting the internal organs
- Invisible symptoms such as depression or anxiety
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important to be assessed as quick as possible. Early treatment, especially in the first 12 week can prevent joint and organ damage, improve long-term function and increase the likelihood of achieving remission.
Treatment and management
Everybody is different, so there isn't one single treatment method or medication that works for everyone. Treatments are designed to help manage pain and control symptoms, and physiotherapy is also often advised to reduce symptoms of some RMD’s.
Invisible illnesses such as anxiety and depression are around twice as likely to affect people with RMD’s than those in the general population. Because of this, many sufferers may also need psychological support.
If you are living with Arthritis you will know how important self-management is, accepting the condition, but not letting it control you.
This World Arthritis Day we want to help to spread the awareness of RMD’s and celebrate the strength and courage of those currently living with one, we know it’s not easy!
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