Exacerbations of rheumatoid arthritis

Don’t let the word get you down. Exacerbations of rheumatoid arthritis doctor is not accusing you of being a sham. In this case, pseudo has a very different meaning. Pseudo or not, it can stop you in your tracks as sure as any true exacerbation.

This type of event can cause new symptoms and permanent damage, lasting from 24 hours to several months. Severe exacerbations may be treated with steroids in order to reduce inflammation and shorten the length of the exacerbation. My multiple sclerosis diagnosis came in January of 2004. Since that time, I have experienced at least three attacks per year, lasting a month or more. MRIs have shown no new lesions in that same time period.

The fact that we now understand that these are pseudo exacerbations helps a great deal emotionally, because I know that my MS is not progressing to the point of more lasting damage and disability. These pseudo attacks have taken a toll on my overall health and well being. What it is called has little effect on my day-to-day reality. The answer lies in your general health. At the earliest signs of illness or infection, a call to the doctor is warranted.