Rheumatic disease-types & diagnosis
ABOUT THE DISEASE
- Damages the cartilage, the cushiony material on the end of bones
- Wears down the bones causing joint pain
- Affects the knees, hips, lower back, neck, fingers, and feet.
Diagnosis of osteoarthritis
The doctor will enquire about your medical history. He will do a physical exam. After that he will suggest for lab tests of blood including antinuclear antibody test (ANA). He will also suggest for testing urine samples. Positive ANA blood report indicates you are a lupus patient.
Ankylosing Spondylitis shows its first symptom as lower back pain. For patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis, there will be a pain in the joints where the spine attaches to the pelvis (sacroiliac joints).
Ankylosing spondylitis is more common in young men (aging from teenage years to age 30)