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New Medical Device For Treating Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis - Covered By Medicare
Medicares' new expanded treatment options for Medicare recipients suffering from "severe rheumatoid arthritis" where conventional drug therapy treatment did not help the arthritis pain.
Arthritis treatment and pain relief via blood therapy is now available to medicare covered severe rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, based on scientific research revealing some patients who have not responded well to other arthritis therapies may benefit from this relatively new severe arthritis treatment.
An apheresis machine is used which is a device to remove selected blood constituents from whole blood. Blood is taken from the arthritis patient and plasma is divided from the blood cells. That plasma goes thru protein A column and gets re merged with the blood cells which are reintroduced into the Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis patient.
Since the early 1990s Medicare has covered protein-A-column therapy which is marketed under the trade name "Prosorba" as a treatment for Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura immune disorder (a less common medical condition vs severe rheumatoid arthritis), when other treatment options failed. The treatment approval extends Medicare coverage to some moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive degenerative disease which affects as much as 3% of the U.S. population. Moderate and severe rheumatoid arthritis can be extremely painful and disabling. Early arthritis diagnosis and treatment options using anti-rheumatic disease drugs can lower the possibility of irreversible joint damage and potential disability. However, those arthritis drugs do not help some arthritis patients. The recently announced broader medicare coverage gives extra options for some rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, but is not needed for patients with arthritis disease who benefit from their current arthritis anti-rheumatic drug therapy.
Unfortunately, there are millions of Americans with moderate to severe arthritis who do not have access to arthritis pain treatment options as a result of not having prescription drug benefits.
Chronic and Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis are long-term disabling diseases that leads to inflammation of the joints with joint pain and swelling, involving the surrounding tissues. It can also negatively harm other organs.
The affect of rheumatoid arthritis can progress to the degree that it is crippling. Deformities distinctive to late-stage rheumatoid arthritis such as ulnar deviation of the bones of the hands, or swan-neck deviation of the fingers occur because muscles and tendons on one side of the joint may overpower those on the other side, pulling the bones out of alignment.
Causes of Chronic and Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis
The cause of Rheumatoid arthritis is unknown. It is considered an autoimmune disease. The body's immune system normally fights off foreign substances, like viruses. But in an autoimmune disease, the immune system confuses healthy tissue for foreign substances. As a result, the body attacks itself.
Rheumatoid arthritis can occur at any age. Women are affected more often than men.
Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects joints on both sides of the body equally. Wrists, fingers, knees, feet, and ankles are the most commonly affected. The course and the severity of the illness can vary considerably. Infection, genes, and hormones may contribute to the disease.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
The disease usually begins gradually with:
- Loss of appetite
- Morning stiffness (lasting more than 1 hour)
- Widespread muscle aches
Eventually, joint pain appears. When the joint is not used for a while, it can become warm, tender, and stiff. When the lining of the joint becomes inflamed, it gives off more fluid and the joint becomes swollen. Joint pain is often felt on both sides of the body, and may affect the fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, toes, and neck.
Additional symptoms include:
- Anemia due to failure of the bone marrow to produce enough new red blood cells
- Eye burning, itching, and discharge
- Hand and feet deformities
- Limited range of motion
- Low-grade fever
- Lung inflammation (pleurisy)
- Nodules under the skin (usually a sign of more severe disease)
- Numbness or tingling
- Skin redness or inflammation
- Swollen glands
Joint destruction may occur within 1-2 years after the appearance of the disease.
Exams and Tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis
A specific blood test is available for diagnosing Rheumatoid arthritis and distinguishing it from other types of arthritis. It is called the anti-CCP antibody test. Other tests that may be done include:
- Complete blood count
- C-reactive protein
- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
- Joint ultrasound or MRI
- Joint x-rays
- Rheumatoid factor test (positive in about 75% of people with symptoms)
- Synovial fluid analysis
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