Many. In the past twenty years, many new treatments have been developed. Rheumatoid arthritis can often be controlled with some of the newer medications. Many patients are saved from irreversible crippling of the joints. The key is to get early diagnosis and effective treatment to prevent worsening. The biggest advances have been in medications called biologic response modifiers. Good news for many.
Yes. There are many medications for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. A few are methotrexate, Leflunomide (arava), Hydroxychloroquine (plaquenil), Adalimumab (humira), Etanercept (enbrel), Rituximab (rituxan) and many many more. Talk to your primary care doctor or rheumatologist about the best treatment for you.
Thats a long visit. First she needs to know that the disease is serious and can be deforming. But just as importantly she needs to know there are many medications to treat this disease and even change the course of the disease. She will say all meds have side effects but many can be avoided and watched for. Get her to rheumatologist possibly one she has a friend or relative who goes to and she may feel more at ease.
See an MD. She needs to see a rheumatologist. These specialists are best equipped to advise and manage her problem, assuming the diagnosis accurate. Unfortunately, if she doesn't want to go, there is little you can do.
See details. There are numerous meds known as disease modifying agents that are used to treat RA. These include methotrexate, Plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) Sulfasalazine and numerous biologic agents.
It doesn't. Copper is not a recognized treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
No. Some people have reported feeling better overall if they wear copper jewelry but there is no evidence that copper has any effect on the course or treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Many ways! First, it is no longer called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, but juvenile idiopathic arthritis, because it is not rheumatoid arthritis in children! There are so many treatments available, using several meds in tandem as therapy. It is almost always remittable. See a rheumatology specialist!
Aggressive is best. Kids require aggressive treatment to prevent growth abnormalities and to put their disease into remission. There is no cure now and it is not self-limited. Kids should be followed by a board certified pediatric rheumatologist and almost all will need weekly low dose Methotrexate and a tnf inhibitor. Larger joints can also be easily injected with a long acting corticosteroid. Nsaids are not enough.
Yes. Rituxan (rituximab) which was originally developed to treat lymphoma is approved to treat ra. Before, biologic drugs came out rare cases of RA were treated with cytoxan.
Different conditions. Fibromyalgia and RA are very different, so the medications that work for one, may not work for the other. Antidepressants such as duloxetine (cymbalta) or others are frequently helpful for chronic pain. Exercise can also be helpful for chronic pain. See a rheumatologist if you haven't already.