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69 • Increased mobility • Reduced risk for cancer, heart disease, and stroke 31 32 Joint Pain Even if a joint has undergone considerable erosion and lost some mobility, inflammation can still result in continued pain, tenderness, and disability. RA can continue to damage joints, even if they are not very painful. Involvement of Other Joints RA is a progressive disease. The inflammatory process may involve only a few joints today, but other joints might be involved tomorrow. Reducing the disease activity with aggressive medical treatment may prevent the involvement of other joints that could result in further pain and disability.
The first visit to the eye doctor should be scheduled after about six months of treatment with the medication, and then annually thereafter. The eye doctor will check carefully for any evidence of pigment deposition in the macula (the central part of the retina) and perform other tests to look for any subtle change in vision. The eye doctor may also give you an Amsler Grid, a useful tool for monitoring your central visual field at home. This test is important for detecting early and sometimes subtle visual changes.
In an effort to improve on this therapy, medical researchers looked for medications that would both treat the symptoms of RA and prevent disease progression. Extensive clinical research led to the introduction of a group of medications that were thought to alter the course of RA¡ªthe so-called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). DMARDs improve the signs and symptoms of RA and were thought to slow the progression of joint degeneration in some patients. Their onset of action is slower than that of NSAIDs or corticosteroids; they improve symptoms of RA only after several weeks to months in some cases.