Symptoms & Prevention Of Reactive Arthritis
Reactive arthritis is also known as Reiter's Syndrome. It can be recognized by heat, redness and swelling of the joints. It specifically attacks the spine but can be seen in other joints, your urinary tract and sometimes the eyes.Reactive arthritis is caused by the body's response to infections which originate elsewhere in the body. One important cause of this painful disorder is infections in the digestive tract caused by contaminated food. Infectious agents include the bacteria Shigella, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, all of which are introduced into the body in contaminated food.
Although my reactive arthritis was painful for me, my doctors initially didn't worry very much about it, because reactive arthritis will often times go away on its own once the infection is gone. So I waited a month, but no improvement. I waited six months, and still no improvement.
It is essential that this condition is detected and handled with at its earliest stage so that no permanent damage can happen to the affected joints. Unfortunately, without the correct diagnosis and the recommended treatment option, the symptoms of ReA would not go away on its own.
Reactive arthritis occurs when the immune system is exposed to a certain bacteria. Some people have immune systems that behave erratically after coming in contact with some forms of bacteria. The erratic behavior of the immune system causes the inflammation of the eyes and joints.
Treatment must be handled with extreme care. Clinical and laboratory tests must be conducted, but the best option to diagnose this type of disease is through the use of MRI. Culture of urine and stool should also be taken along with blood samples.
Diagnosis: the bad news is that reactive arthritis is at present still relatively difficult to diagnose since so far there is no test (yet) which can confirm the condition with certainty. An experienced practitioner will ask you a variety of questions which may help him/her deduce that you may indeed be suffering from reactive arthritis.
Treating the cause, the trigger of reactive arthritis will be the primary and initial stage of treatment. So, if your cause was an infection and this infection is still active, treating the infection will be the initial treatment; so, for example, if the triggering infection is bacterial, then antibiotics may be prescribed if necessary.