What Is Considered a Rheumatic Disease?

 

My frequent visits to my Rheumatologist and other related medical personnel over the years made me aware that these are complex autoimmune and inflammatory diseases that cause the immune system to attack and damage the joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, muscles and sometimes involve damage to internal organs

Attending various workshops, I have been made aware that Rheumatic disease is not a single disorder, it encompasses more than 200 different diseases which span from various types of arthritis to osteoporosis and on to systemic connective tissue diseases.

  • Rheumatism refers to various painful medical conditions which affect joints, bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscles;
  • Rheumatic diseases, also called musculoskeletal diseases, are characterized by pain and a consequent reduction in the range of motion and function in one or more areas of the musculoskeletal system; in some diseases there are signs of inflammation: swelling, redness, warmth in the affected areas. Rheumatic diseases can also affect internal organs;
  • Some people use the word arthritis to refer to all Rheumatic diseases. Arthritis, which literally means joint inflammation, is just part of the rheumatic diseases. Arthritis in the restricted sense primarily involves: joint pain, joint stiffness, joint inflammation, and joint damage. (ref: eular.org)

Stay safe…concentrate on your well-being!

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