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Attention patients: arthritis is irreversible,
Many people still do not know, but the arthritis is irreversible. A poll in the Congress of the Pan American League of Associations for Rheumatology (PANLAR) in Punta del Este, Uruguay, showed that joint injuries caused by this chronic, autoimmune disease that affects about 2 million Brazilians can not be reversed . Arthritis is irreversible and can lead to disability and even death.
Arthritis is irreversible
Arthritis is irreversible, but why?
The survey showed that 55% of respondents in Latin America, where the world's largest survey on the disease was made, were not aware of the fact that arthritis is irreversible and that the lesions caused by the disease seriously undermine the joints. Other information gathered by the survey is that 43% of respondents said they believe that arthritis is not such a serious disease, such as diabetes and hypertension ,
for example. In Brazil, this ratio reached the mark of 46%, almost twice that observed in other countries. Even with the lack of information, 88% of respondents believe they have good understanding about the importance of maintaining a controlled disease and other 61% said they were well informed about how to do this.
The rheumatologist Roger A. Levy, professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and a member of the committee that coordinated the research in Latin America stated that "these data are troubling because they show that the patient thinks and understands their illness, but do not know basic things about it.
Without this information, it becomes harder to do it to follow the treatment and keep the disease under control. " The research was based on interviews with 10,000 respondents worldwide, with about 1,032 patients only in Latin America
Arthritis is irreversible, but you can control it
Arthritis is irreversibleThe expert also noted that arthritis is irreversible and can have serious complications such as other chronic diseases. However, even though the disease has no cure, it needs to be controlled. However, many respondents believe that patients should only take medication when they feel pain.
The survey showed that 63% of respondents believe that the disease is controlled when the symptoms do not manifest.
"This perception harms the patient. If he stops taking the medication when they do not feel pain, the disease may progress and cause irreversible lesions that will cause deformities and inability to function in several states, particularly in the hands, "said Dr. Roger A. Levy.
After finding the misinformation, medical associations, patient groups and the pharmaceutical industry launched a campaign to better inform people who suffer from arthritis. The "AR: Together
For The Cause", an initiative that provides information on a web page and a guide for patients to enter into dialogue with the doctor so that they can decide together what treatment more appropriate. "Each patient is better suited to one type of treatment , so the decision has to be shared, "says Levy.
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