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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Reactive Arthritis

Yersinia is caused by bacteria and normally cause gastroenteritis or the stomach flu. It usually causes symptoms which include diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and can cause blood infections if they spread beyond the intestine which is treated by antibiotics.

However, these bacteria are also responsible for causing arthritis as well. This type of arthritis is referred to either as Reactive Arthritis, or Yersinia Arthritis and starts two to four weeks after having had the stomach flu or gastroenteritis.

Some of the first signs are Urethritis, followed or accompanied by conjunctivitis, which is an inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the surface of the eyeball. Arthritis is pretty much the last stage and can turn in to chronic arthritis.

The symptoms are mostly joint related like inflammation of the joints of knees, ankles, feet and others, but also inflammation where tendons and ligaments attach to bone can be the target. Skin rashes and/or lesions, and oral ulcers are common symptoms as well.

Diagnoses is difficult, but by taking in account your medical history, doing a physical exam, running laboratory tests, and taking x-rays it may be discovered.

If it turns out to be Reactive Arthritis, then the only treatment is to relieve the pain caused by the symptoms. This will normally be done by prescribing either antibiotics, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroid injections, topical corticosteroids, DMARDs, and TNF inhibitors like Enbrel, Remicade, Humira, etc.

It is wise to use the inflamed joints as little as possible during a flare up, but once that has passed, exercise is a great option to strengthen and improve the joint function. Just make sure not to overreact and overdo!

Why some people develop Reactive Arthritis is still an unknown factor. I suspect every body reacts differently when attacked by these bacteria.

We all tend to act differently when being under attack of the fiery darts. Still, let's ensure not to overreact, but to always act in the fruit of the Spirit!

Galatians 5:22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.


Blogger "Guppy" Honaker said...

This was interesting. I have RA, and have never heard of Reactive Arthritis. How I wish I could live another 100 years (53 now) to see the progress science will make. By then I hope unhealthy bacteria such as causes Yersinia Arthritis will be wiped out, and people with RA such as myself will be able to walk without pain (I use a walker), if not completely cured.

It's amazing how such small microorganisms such as bacterium, viruses and germs can reak such havok with our bodies.

This blog fascinates and teaches me. I hope you will post often Corry. And keep up those Bible quotes - inspration therein is infectious in a good way!

- David

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October 22, 2010 10:47 AM  
Blogger Jenpa said...

Great blog by the way, really enjoying reading with you have to say,
Jen xx

October 25, 2010 7:28 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Guppy" Honaker and Jenpa,
Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I hope it is a help to many.

I will remember both of you in my prayers!

God's Grace.

October 25, 2010 7:37 AM  

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