Simple Blood Test Saves Millions from Pain

Simple Blood Test Saves Millions from Pain

<br> <P>A simple blood test could save millions of people living from pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis.<br></P>

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS CAUSES MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE TO CRINGE IN PAIN EVERY DAY. 
 75 PERCENT OF THOSE ARE WOMEN. 
 THERE'S NO CURE-BUT EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT CAN KEEP PEOPLE MOVING LONGER. 
 NOW THERE'S A NEW WAY DOCTORS CAN DETECT IT EVEN BEFORE THE PAIN SETS IN.
 FOR 30 YEAR OLD ROBYN NICOLS, THE PAIN STARTED AT JUST TWO AND A HALF YEARS OLD. ROBYN HAS HAD BOTH OF HER KNEES REPLACED, HER ANKLES FUSED...AND THINGS GETTING WORSE.
"I'm terrified of falling. Tripping and falling 'cause I will just shatter."
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS OR R-A HAPPENS WHEN THE BODY'S OWN IMMUNE CELLS ATTACK HEALTHY TISSUES-CAUSING BONE TO PAINFULLY SCRAPE AGAINST BONE...AT THE JOINT.
"The onset of RA can be explosive.  People can go to bed feeling well one night, and the next morning develop symptoms that can be very dramatic."
SYMPTOMS INCLUDE JOINT PAIN, SWELLING, STIFFNESS, RESTRICTED RANGE OF MOTION AND EXTREME FATIGUE. TO DIAGNOSE IT-DOCTORS USE A VARIETY OF TESTS AND XRAYS.
 BUT NOW, A NEW BLOOD TEST CALLED ANTI-C-C-P IS GIVING DOCTORS HOPE FOR EARLY TREATMENT.
"It turns out that many people with RA have a positive test years in advance of getting the symptoms."
THE LATEST RESULTS SHOW THE BLOOD TEST IS CORRECT 86 PERCENT OF THE TIME.
BUT...SOME DOCTORS ARGUE THE R-A BLOOD MARKERS COULD BE CONFUSED WITH MARKERS FOR OTHER AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES SUCH AS LUPUS, PSORIASIS OR EVEN A VIRAL INFECTION.
STILL THE TEST COULD GIVE DOCTORS THE HEADSTART THEY NEED TO...TREAT R-A BEFORE SYMPTOMS APPEAR....AND AGGRESSIVELY WITH A COMBO OF DRUGS. ROBIN HOPES ADVANCES LIKE THIS ONE WILL SAVE OTHERS THE PAIN SHE'S SUFFERED. 
"and that would be fantastic."
 EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF R-A INCLUDE WARMTH, SWELLING AND PAIN IN FINGER JOINTS, WRISTS AND FEET.
  FATIGUE, LOSS OF APPETITE AND FEVER ARE OTHER SYMPTOMS OF THE CONDITION.TREATMENT FOR R-A INCLUDES STEROIDS, ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES, PAIN KILLERS AND JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY.
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