+ Q.1 How is Rheumatoid Arthritis different from other types of arthritis?
- Ans. Rheumatoid Arthritis is different from other types of arthritis as it equally affects both sides of the body. Osteoarthritis is generally localized, It affects knees, small fingers and thumb joints. In Rheumatoid Arthritis, joints are affected along with other vital organs.
+ Q.2 When does stiffness become severe for people with Rheumatoid arthritis?
- Ans. Muscle and joint stiffness typically get worse in the morning or after prolonged periods of inactivity for people with rheumatoid arthritis.
+ Q.3 What is the age of onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- Ans. Rheumatoid Arthritis usually starts to develop between the ages of 30 and 60. But anyone can be affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis. When it affects children and young adults usually between the ages of 16 and 40, it’s called young-onset rheumatoid arthritis (YORA). In people who develop symptoms after they turn 60, it’s called later-onset rheumatoid arthritis (LORA).
+ Q.4 What are the different blood tests which can confirm the diagnosis?
- Ans. People with Rheumatoid Arthritis often have an elevated Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR, also known as sed rate) or C-reactive protein (CRP) level. Other common blood tests look for Rheumatoid factor and anti-Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies.
+ Q.5 What is a flare referred to in rheumatoid Arthritis?
- Ans. A flare is the sudden appearance, increase or worsening of Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms such as pain, inflammation, redness, warmth or tenderness. Flares can last for days or weeks.
+ Q.6 Is it true that deformity of joints can be caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- Ans. The chronic inflammation caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis can lead to debilitating loss of cartilage, bone weakness and joint deformity in some patients. Damage to the joints is progressive and can occur over time.
+ Q.7 Do you have any specific treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- Ans. At Dr Dassan’s Ayurveda, we look into the patient’s lifestyle and dietary habits to understand the underlying causes of the disease.The first step is to improve digestion and eliminate Ama from the body. For this purpose the patient is asked to have very light and easy to digest food. We emphasize on balancing the vitiated Vata through our natural medications which are a blend of classical formulations and natural herbs. Their anti-inflammatory properties help in nourishing the affected areas and relieving pain and swelling. Joints are nourished and joint flexibility is improved by practicing abhyanga (massage) on the afflicted parts with herbal oils. Patients are made to follow certain practices to reduce further wear and tear of the joint cartilage and promote its regeneration.
+ Q.8 How much time does it take to recover from Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- Ans. Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis depends upon its severity. If it is started early on the disease process one may start experiencing relief in symptoms within 20-30 days by helping minimize or slow damage to the joints and improve quality of life for patients.
+ Q.9 Are there any side effects of the treatment and medications provided by us?
- Ans. No, there are no side effects as we believe in providing our patients with the best treatment and medications which are given in the appropriate dosage and with the right anupana (taken along with the medicine). However, each medicine has a different effect on each individual so we recommend you to stay in touch with us. We assure you that we take patient care very seriously.
+ Q.10 What if the patient does not get well after taking your medicine?
- Ans. We have numerous records of patients who have seen a significant improvement in their condition after undergoing our treatment. Patients have tried to adhere to our 65 years of experience in order to see improvement in their condition. If the disease is less than 2 months old, the patient could see significant signs of improvement within 25 days (only 1 pack). If it is a very chronic case, the patient will get maximum recovery if they follow us completely. In some severe cases, it takes time and the recovery is slow and steady.
+ Q.11 What is the cost of the treatment?
- Ans. Our medicines i.e the full course of treatment could cost around Rs 2000 to 5000 per month that depends on the digestive power, appetite and other associated conditions that the patient might be having since we believe in not just treating the disease but the body as a whole.
+ Q.12 How can we buy your medicine?
- Ans. Log onto our website and take a free voice consultation after which the medicines that are a part of your treatment can be ordered and shipped to you. Moreover, if the patients belongs to Punjab, J&K, HP, Haryana and nearby states, we ask them to visit our center at Jalandhar for free check-up and doctor’s advice.
+ Q.13 How many patients have you treated so far?
- Ans. We have numerous records of patients who have gotten well after undergoing our treatment. You can watch various such success stories on our youtube channel
+ Q.14 How does your medicine help someone who is undergoing physiotherapy?
- Ans. Physiotherapy only increases flexibility in the limbs but it does not help with nourishing the joints and alleviating vata. Body-Walk oil is proven very effective in improving joint flexibility. If you apply Body-Walk oil to the stiff parts of the body and then gently do mobilizing exercises of those you might not even require physiotherapy.
+ Q.15 Should I exercise if I have Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- Ans. Yes, Walking and other weight-bearing exercises are recommended if you have rheumatoid arthritis. Exercise helps you release chemicals such as endorphins and dopamine which can uplift your mood and reduce stress. Yoga is also really helpful as it can help to keep you flexible, makes it easier for you to move around and prevents joint deformities associated with RA. Additionally, it helps you get a sound sleep which in turn helps you recover faster.
+ Q.16 Can patients with rheumatoid arthritis get pregnant?
- Ans. It's crucial to keep in mind that while having Rheumatoid Arthritis may impair your pregnancy, being pregnant itself may also have an impact on your Rheumatoid Arthritis. We all are different, having different bodies which are intolerable to various different things. Therefore, it's likely for pregnancy to either worsen the symptoms or improve it with the passage of time. Getting pregnant while having Rheumatoid Arthritis is possible but can be risky.