Rheumatoid Vasculitis affects a low percentage of people of all ages who are suffering from RA and usually occurs in the small and medium sized blood vessels close to the skin's surface. Other types of Vasculitis can wreak havoc on one ore multiple organs through limitation of the blood supply and necessary oxygen levels needed by the body's tissues and organs.
Most of the cases are mild and may not need any treatment, but on rare occasions it can happen that veins and arteries are so damaged that they rupture and cause strokes or heart attacks. RV (Rheumatoid Vasculitis) is momentarily labeled as an auto-immune disease and seems to be a result of (chronic) infections as experienced with RA, lupus or Sjögren's syndrome, or can be an allergic reaction to medications.
Some of the symptoms of Vasculitis can be a rash, numbness, muscle weakness, fever, loss of appetite, unusual weight loss, and lack of energy. When you have any of these symptoms it may be wise to consult your doctor who will do a physical exam, order some specific blood tests and/or X-rays, tissue biopsies, blood vessel and heart scans.
Depending on the outcome, you may be given steroids or a very low dose of chemotherapy drugs. These medications can lead to the remission of the disease or cure it all together, after which you could slowly be getting off the medications. You will be carefully monitored for the rest of your life though, just to ensure everything is and remains under control.
We may not always contemplate on or be aware of it, but we are constantly monitored. God keeps His eye on us all the time. He knows and provides all that is needed to cure whatever ails us and leads and guides us to and on the right path!
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.