Rheumatic diseases affect your joints and muscles. Some, like osteoarthritis, are the result of wear and tear. Others, such as rheumatoid arthritis, are immune-system problems. Your treatment plan will likely include medications, regular exercise, a healthy diet, stress management and rest.
Common rheumatic diseases include:
Osteoarthritis damages cartilage, the cushiony material on the end of bones. As it wears down, joints hurt and it becomes harder to move. It usually affects the knees, hips, lower back, neck, fingers and feet. Muscle weakness can make joints unstable. Depending on what parts of the body it affects, osteoarthritis can make it hard to walk, grip objects, dress, comb hair or sit.
Rheumatoid arthritis, of which there are more than 100 types, occurs when the immune system attacks your own tissues and causes joint pain, swelling and stiffness. It’s not part of normal aging. There are no cures for many types of rheumatoid arthritis, but treatments created in a compounding pharmacy can manage symptoms for long periods of time.
Lupus (also called systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE)
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect many bodily organs. Symptoms include joint pain, fatigue, joint stiffness, rashes, sun sensitivity and hair loss.
Instances when compounding is needed for rheumatic diseases
- Your patient’s prescribed medication causes unwanted side effects
- The prescribed medication doesn’t work because of other medications your patient is taking.