Sc131 Unit 3 Assignment

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Heather Staley Unit 3 assignment SC131 January 21st, 2015 Rheumatoid Arthritis Hello all! The autoimmune disease I am choosing to wright about for this assignment is going to be Rheumatoid Arthritis. Otherwise known as RA. RA is a chronic or long term disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited motion in many joints. At least 1.3 million people in the United States alone are said to be diagnosed with this disease. This type of autoimmune disease, much like other autoimmune diseases, is hard to diagnose due to the fact that the signs and symptoms are much like a lot of different diseases and sicknesses. RA has many different symptoms some of these might include the following; loss of energy, achy joints, low fevers,…show more content…
Treatments have been greatly improved in the last decade. Some examples of treatments for rheumatoid arthritis are as follows; therapy, medication, and disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs commonly known as DMARD’s and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAID’s. These treatments have been around for a bit and although they help some people they are not always effective the way most people would hope. Just as any other treatments and medications, everything seems to come with side effects. Some of the side effects with taking these treatment options for RA are; Diarrhea, low blood counts, skin rashes, fevers, chills, nausea, fatigue, high blood pressure, kidney problems, sore tongue and many more. (WebMD-medications) Like I had mentioned before, research has made many advances in the last decade. There are new options for treatment now available for rheumatoid arthritis. The most important advance that has been made is the development of a group of drugs known as biologic response modifiers or to shorten that up, biologics. The biologics that have been approved to treat RA include the following; Actemra, Cimzia, Enbrel, Humira, Kineret, Orencia, Remicade, Rituxan, and Simponi. There are also some other being tested on RA and other conditions as well. Biologics are genetically engineered proteins that are derived from human genes. These biologics are designed to inhibit specific components of the immune system that play pivotal roles in fueling inflammation, that is a central feature of RA. Biologics are mainly used to treat people with RA that have not responded well to other forms of medications. The difference between biologics compared to other medications is the fact that they target specific components in the immune system, rather than affecting many areas at once. In most cases,

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