Video Q & A:

RA Progression

Question:

Can RA be cured?

Expert:   Kenya Beard , ACNP-BC, Hunter College »

That advertisement popping up on your Google search results promises a cure, but don't believe it. RA is incurable. But you can tamp it down in a major way. Learn more.

Transcript: Like all autoimmune diseases, there is NO cure for rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which your immune system sees joint tissue as FOREIGN. Instead of sending white blood cells and inflammatory molecules to attack invading PATHOGENS, your confused immune system attacks the membranes in between the bones of your joints. Biologics and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs—or DMARDs-- can HALT this process, though. They STOP the inflammation that ravages your joints. They’re the ONLY drugs that can do this. This means they’re the ONLY drugs that can send you into remission, which is basically defined as having little to NO joint pain, stiffness and swelling. That may SOUND like a cure, but unfortunately, your symptoms WILL come back if you STOP treatment. For your BEST chance at remission, start medication as EARLY AS POSSIBLE. And don’t hesitate if your healthcare provider chooses to prescribe both a DMARD AND a biologic for you—this combo is WIDELY known to be effective. For more answers to your RA questions, watch other videos in this series. More »

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