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Education ensures effective treatment for patients with rheumatological conditions

Knowing its symptoms and distinguishing between different rheumatological conditions allows better diagnosis by a health professional.

Dr. Paloma Alejandro, rheumatologist at Soto-Rise’s Mindful Rheumatics and Medical Research Group. Photo: Medicine and Public Health Magazine. Fabiola Plaza.

The most important thing in the face of any type of medical condition is the continued education of the patient and the doctors who will care for these patients, taking into account the current prevalence of various rheumatic conditions occurring in Puerto Rico, with support between the two sides. Necessary.

With the passage of time and the use of technology in medicine, there has been an increase in the care mechanism, which has gradually improved the quality of life of the patients and, likewise, progress has been made in the currently available treatments. Improving life expectancy and remission.

But this improvement is also the commitment of the patients; symptomatology is obtained from them and in this way it is possible to reach a diagnosis, Currently, there are technical facilities that allow you to keep track of what you are presenting before arriving at your appointment with an expert or primary professional who can guide you, because:

“Due to a lack of specialists, sometimes patients have to wait 3 or 4 months for an appointment because we can’t cope,” says rheumatologist Dr. Paloma Alejandro says. This association of primary care physicians is crucial for them to make this first approach and identification. SymptomsIn addition to generating a complete test with tests diagnosis,

“At least start some anti-inflammatory treatment, although it can be a double-edged knife, so that when they arrive with a specialist, it’s just a matter of getting the patient to start treatment right away,” confirms the expert.

Take this control for the patient who later shares with the professional Symptomsfacilitates the process of diagnosisTreatment and referral complements Grisele Lugo, executive director of the FER Foundation.

There are parameters set by the American College of Rheumatologists to determine the specific symptomatology to produce. diagnosis Precise of a rheumatological condition that is presenting with either:

This should be clear when symptoms are evaluated by primary care physicians or specialists, as the different characteristics of these conditions can be confusing.

“The most common question patients ask is whether they confuse osteoarthritis with another type of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, and it is sometimes very easy to explain the differences between them to the patient because, unfortunately, for some there are more treatments available. There are other types of arthritis”, confirms Dr. Paloma.

Education Ensures Effective Treatment For Patients With Rheumatological Conditions

rheumatoid arthritis

Considered autoimmune and systemic, it involves chronic inflammation of the synovial membrane within the joints, occurring in many different joints on both sides of the body. Other organs may be involved in this condition such as:

  • Heart

  • Lungs

  • kidney

“This could put you at a cardiovascular risk comparable to diabetes mellitus,” says Dr. Alejandro, who urges the pursuit of information and education of patients in the face of this type of condition, because “unfortunately there is a lot on the island of these other co-morbidities.” – Tendency to morbidities that increase the risk of dying from a heart attack”, or other conditions, confirms the specialist.

Similarly, it should be understood that not all cases of arthritis are inflammatory; This allows a better understanding of how they are treated, diagnosed and dealt with. Within the inflammatory conditions related to arthritis, there is psoriatic arthritis, which presents Symptoms such as joint pain, stiffness and swelling; But situations like:

“Each arthritis has a different treatment, and it is important to differentiate between inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis, as there are novel treatments that can change the pattern of the condition, particularly in inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic and ankylosing spondylitis. ,” They said. Dr. Alejandro, and explains the importance of a treatment that is accommodating and chronic, as these conditions deserve.

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