Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis comes under the same class of disorders known as autoimmune system disorders, as that of the rheumatoid arthritis and is identical with it in the signs and sypmptoms also, but the basic dissimilarity it possesses is, it is categorized by the absence of rheumatoid factor. Rheumatoid factor, or RhF or RF, is an autoantibody most substancial in RA. Therefore, when this factor is lacking, it becomes problematic to know the expanse of the RA. And so, keeping intricate account and noting down every minute alteration about the signs of the disease is advised to the patients, so that, from the notes, the progression of the disease can be recognized, and, it can be seen whether there is any system in the severity of the disease. Signs and sypmptoms are same as that seen in rheumatoid arthritis, namely, joint inflammation, pain, redness, swelling and periodic high fever. This category of arthritis is more widespread in men. There are different types, namely ankolysing arthritis, enteropathic arthritis, Reiter's arthritis, reactive arthritis and undifferentiated seronegative arthritis.
The treatment comprises of symptomatic relief measures and training the patient to live with rheumatoid arthritis. Usually drugs for pain management are prescribed, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs are permitted. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), e.g. meloxicam, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as methotrexate are prescribed commonly.
Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis being an autoimmune disease, it becomes needed to raise body's immune mechanism to cope up with the disorder. Diet has a significant part in increasing immunity. The diet for rheumatoid arthritis is largely useful in this disease as well. This diet is recommended especially to decrease inflammation and for managing the deterioration of joints. It contains avocados, fish, such as, herrings, sardines or salmon, leafy, green vegetables, walnuts, soy milk, blueberries, grapes, tofu, strawberries, raspberries, whole grains, e.g., brown rice and millet, wheat grass and seaweed. Heavily processed foods, alcohol, dairy products and sugar must be taken in least quantity. Spices viz. turmeric and ginger also show best results in controlling pain and also inflammation when included in meals. Additionally, ginger oil can be applied to the affected joint to get pain control and increasing flexibility in movement over a period of time.
Since there is no assured cure for the ailment, the patient has to live happily with it and s/he can succeed in this by following such proper diet and exercise pattern. Signs of inflammation are remarkably reduced if sugar, wheat, dairy products, soy and citrus fruits are omitted from the daily meals.
Moderate aerobic exercises for example walking, swimming and biking are recommended to rheumatoid arthritis patients. Strength-building exercises also can be done on alternate days. These exercises uplift the quality of life with the disease by raising the range of motion, elasticity and pain reducing capabilities. It is advised to do a warm-up of five minutes before commencing the workout. You can do brisk walking so that the blood starts flowing fast and lessen the incidents of trauma. The patient should talk with the physiotherapist to involve this type of workouts in the daily habit.
If correct drug therapy, diet and exercise are administered, it is not difficult to cope up with Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis.