Seropositive Rheumatoid Arthritis
Seropositive rheumatoid arthritis is nothing but the same rheumatoid arthritis, the blood test done for which shows presence of rheumatoid factor, or RF, in it. Rheumatoid arthritis stealthily enters the body, when our immune system goes haywire and attacks its own healthy tissues, considering them to be foreign invaders, major amongst them being the joints. During this process of attack of immune system on healthy tissues, rheumatoid factor is produced. It is not necessary that individuals who do not show rheumatoid factor in their blood test, i.e. they are seronegative, do not have rheumatoid arthritis. They too may have the disease, but it is somewhat milder.
Whether you are seropositive or seronegative, does not make much difference in the situation that you have caught the disease and you will have to live with it. The disease mainly attacks the joints, though it affects other parts of the body too. It is an autoimmune disease, and occurs when the immune system is disturbed. It can occur at any age between 20 and 70. It is more prevalent in women. It is not definite that you will suffer from flares of pain and stiffness continuously or at particular time intervals. Different patients show wide variety in this. In some patients, the disease is continuously disturbing, while in some other patients flares may last for only a short period, after which there is a long period of remission.
In any case, you will have to observe certain care so as not to let the pain and inflammation worsen. There is no definite cure for this disease and the treatment is mainly based on symptom relief.
In seropositive rheumatoid arthritis, it can only be said that the patient definitely has the disease, which is not certain with the seronegative counterpart. And in that case, you will have to take the necessary medicines, take proper diet and exercise, take plentiful rest and try to minimize the symptoms, mainly pain and joint stiffness.
You should remain active as far as possible. But it should not be done at the cost of increased pain. In most people, morning stiffness is experienced. You should find out what gives you relief from the pain and stiffness. And for that you have to educate yourself well about the disease. During a fight, if you know whom you are fighting with, you can win the fight. So get more and more knowledge and information about the disease. You can do this by regularly discussing with your health care provider, monitoring your symptoms and symptom relief, telling it to the doctor, reading about the disease and also, discussing with other patients suffering from same disease.
In this disease, nothing can be said definitely and everything is based on trial and error, to which medicines too are not exceptions. Regarding medicine you have to depend on your doctor, who knows better than you which medicine acts well for you. But there are certain things that you can monitor and manage on your own. You can observe carefully, which activity increases the flare, which food and medicine brings about relief, which time of the day, month or year the flare is worst, and so on. Based on these observations, you can learn more and more how to live with your seropositive rheumatoid arthritis happily.