Arthritis Mutilans and Getting Disability
Arthritis is much larger than one single disease. Arthritis is a complex disease that involves over 100 separate ailments that can strike at any age of life.
The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Some of the other kinds of arthritis are gouty arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, septic arthritis and Still's disease, just to name a few.
Arthritis can result in tenderness and pain that is aggravated by movement or activity. Arthritis may also lead to inflammation that you experience as stiffness, swelling, redness and/or warmth. You will probably lose flexibility or range of motion in your joint or joints that are affected by arthritis. Arthritis can also cause deformity in your joints, weakness, loss of energy, extreme fatigue and unexplained weight loss.
Arthritis Mutilans is a form of Psoriatic arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis is one of the over 100 forms of arthritis. It is also known as psoriatic arthropathy and arthropathic psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis is a kind of inflammatory arthritis. This is like rheumatoid arthritis, which is also an inflammatory form of arthritis.
It is estimated that about 24 out of every 10,000 people in the United States are affected by psoriatic arthritis. It is also estimated that somewhere around 5 to 10% of the people who have the skin disorder, psoriasis, will go on to develop psoriatic arthritis. In fact, some estimates are as much as 30%. Worldwide, psoriasis is a common problem that affects about 2 to 3% of the population.
There are five types of psoriatic arthritis. They are symmetric, asymmetric, distal interphalangeal predominant, spondylitis and arthritis mutilans.
What is Arthritis Mutilans?
Arthritis mutilans is the least common but most severe form of psoriatic arthritis. Less than 5% of the people who are afflicted with psoriatic arthritis have this kind of the disease.
Arthritis mutilans is marked by severe inflammation that damages the joints in your feet and hands. This leads to movement difficulties and deformation. Osteolysis (bone loss) may take place and result in telescoping (shortening) of your toes and fingers. Back and neck pain may also be caused by arthritis mutilans.
The exact cause of arthritis mutilans is not known at this time. Scientists believe that arthritis mutilans may have to do with a combination of genetics, immune and environmental factors. Somewhere around 40% of the people with arthritis mutilans or psoriasis have a close relative who also has this disease. Some of the cases of psoriasis may be associated with infections.
Signs and symptoms of Arthritis Mutilans
The signs and symptoms of arthritis mutilans tend to come and go in a series of flares (exacerbations) and remissions. These often correspond with flares in your skin signs and symptoms. Signs and symptoms that you may experience with arthritis mutilans include:
- Tenderness or stiffness and pain in your joints, which usually involves more than one of your joints
- Pain that gets worse with motion
- A reduction in your range of motion
- Stiffness and pain that is usually the most severe in the morning and eases up as you go through the day
- Shortening (telescoping) of your fingers and toes
- Problems with movement
- Neck and back pain
- Destruction of cartilage and bone in your joints.
Due to arthritis mutilans or complications that have been brought about by it, you may be incapacitated and unable to work. You may also be seeking financial help.
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