Rheumatoid Arthritis What is seronegative rheumatoid arthritis
What is seronegative rheumatoid arthritiséquot;Seronegativequot; means rheumatoid factor is not present in the blood.Rheumatoid factor is a protein found in the blood of 80% of people with rheumatoid arthritis.That means 20% of people with RA don't have rheumatoid factor (duh)!But. there are many other kinds of arthritis that can look like rheumatoid arthritis! Whichmeans a careful diagnostic workup is needed to be absolutely sure it really is seronegativeRA! Just to be sure! The good news is that seronegative RA is treatedjust like seropositive RA! And. it appears to have a better prognosis!
Early Rheumatoid Arthritis al Guideline for Diagnosis and Management
Hello, I'm Norman Swan. Welcome to this program on the alguideline for diagnosis and management of early rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic,debilitating disease which may last a lifetime. Early diagnosis and management can limitstructural damage of the joints and improve quality and length of lifeas well as other health outcomes. This program is the secondof four programs
on the new musculoskeletal guidelines. The al guidelinesfor general practitioners and other primary healthcareprofessionals have been developed by the Royal Australian Collegeof General Practitioners and approved by the National Healthand Medical Research Council. This program will cover the diagnosisof rheumatoid arthritis and discuss the recommendedinterventions for early RA in the Australianprimary healthcare setting.
As always,you'll find a useful number of resources on the Rural Health EducationFoundation's website: I'll introduce our panel to you. John Bennett is a GPat the University Health Service at the University of Queensland, and was a member of the College of GPs'working group for the guideline. Welcome, John. Thank you. Lyn March is a rheumatologistat Royal North Shore
in the University of Sydney. Welcome, Lyn. Thanks, Norman. Lyn was also a memberof the guideline working group. Christine Retallack isa community health nurse in rheumatology working in the Albany Rheumatology in Western Australia. Welcome, Christine. Thank you. The community rheumatology nurse isa species unique to Western Australiaé It doesn't happen anywhere elsein Australia.
Perhaps we'll find out it should. Yes. Last but not least, Louise Sharpe,associate professor and director of al Research in the School of Psychology at theUniversity of Sydney. Welcome, Louise. Louise has a strong interestin rheumatoid arthritis and similar diseases. To start, let's hear from four womenfrom Western Australia, Liz, Anne, Terri and Jill, abouttheir experiences of having early RA.
1983 was quite a stressful year for me. I felt that I was overweight, and I wasdoing an exercise program at home. Each morning I would wake up soreand stiff, and think, how unfit I am. So I would push myself harderuntil I was unable to sleep or unable to function very well at all. I couldn't get out of beda lot of the time. Overwhelming fatigue. Just really felt like I had a bad fluall the time.