Working with a rheumatologist is key to coming up with an effective treatment plan that’s right for you.
And it’s important that your treatment plan starts with having specific treatment goals.
In addition to setting goals like relieving symptoms or stopping further joint damage, you can also set goals that impact your everyday life, such as cooking for your family or being able to wear your wedding ring again because of less joint swelling.
Sharing these goals with your rheumatologist can help keep you on track to reach them.
People living with RA are no stranger to change. While the exact causes are not
fully understood, inflammation causing RA in the body may ebb and flow over
time. This is commonly known as disease activity.
Since RA is different for everyone, disease activity in the body can fluctuate with or
without medication. These changes can directly impact the level of
symptoms you experience.
What different levels of disease activity may mean
While attaining remission doesn’t mean you no longer have RA, it does mean that reducing inflammation by appropriately managing your RA can help you achieve and maintain little to no symptoms. A rheumatologist can measure if you have achieved remission using a variety of tools and tests.