What is rheumatic illness?
Rheumatic illnesses (rheumatism) are conditions caused most commonly by inflammation and swelling of the joints and muscles. The most marked symptom of a rheumatic conditions is pain. Some rheumatic conditions are caused by wear and tear to the joints and cartilage, such as osteoarthritis. Others develop when the immune system becomes overly active and attacks the joint linings causing pain and swelling (autoimmune disease). This is known as rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms of rheumatic disease
There are many rheumatology-related diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, lupus erythematosus, polyarteritis nodosa, and dermatomyositis, and present with a wide range of symptoms. These include joint pain and swelling, joint stiffness or instability, muscle weakness and fatigue, and difficulty performing ordinary activities, such as sitting, bending down, and getting dressed.
Please arrive for this test well-hydrated, to make the procedure easier.During the test
This test is a simple blood test. A needle is inserted into a vein, usually on the inner arm near the elbow, and a small amount of blood is drawn. You may feel a pricking or scratching sensation.
If the test was suggested to you by one of our doctors during a consultation they will give you a call to discuss the results with you and suggest the further management if necessary. Otherwise we will email you the results and you can either take them to your own doctor for interpretation or you can book a consultation with us.
Our doctors will assess your condition and suggest next steps in terms of diagnosis and treatment. You may require blood tests so that the doctor can get a better picture of your condition before suggesting next steps. Some conditions can be managed by specialists our clinic, others will require a referral.
Often, rheumatic conditions are due to wear and tear, or old age. In some cases when disease develops earlier in life, genetic and viral factors may come into play.
Some gentle exercises, such as walking, swimming, and muscle-strengthening, can be beneficial to arthritic conditions by helping to enhance blood flow and improve energy levels. The doctor can advise you about exercises that are appropriate to your condition.