Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rapid Onset, Limited Impact?

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rapid Onset, Limited Impact?
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Mohammad Algharibeh and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,

If I've had rheumatoid arthritis in other body parts, and am experiencing it for the first time in a finger knuckle for a period of 2 weeks, should there be damage to the bone as proof of RA, in only 2 weeks?

Hello, Thank you for reaching out to Dr.Galen. Please find the below response to your query. 

No, an attack of rheumatoid arthritis on a joint is an inflammatory attack, which usually causes pain, swelling, and redness of the affected joint. Recurrent inflammatory attacks on the same joint over years might cause irreversible damage to that joint. RA progression varies among individuals. Some may have faster joint damage. Factors like early diagnosis, prompt treatment, and individual disease severity and treatment response influence damage rate. If you have RA symptoms, like joint pain, swelling, and stiffness, consult a healthcare professional. Early detection and management can control symptoms, minimize joint damage, and enhance quality of life.



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About Dr. Mohammad Algharibeh

Dr. Mohammad Algharibeh

Orthopedic Surgeon / Orthopedist

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