Inflammatory arthritis is a term used to describe several conditions that affect your immune system. It is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the body’s own cells, tissues and organs instead attacking disease-causing organisms and other foreign substances. When the body’s own immune system attacks its own body, it will cause pain, stiffness, damage to the joints, and a list of other conditions. However, the three most common forms of inflammatory arthritis are the following:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – It s an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in your joints. This will result in pain and swelling of the joints.
To better understand how rheumatoid arthritis affects your joints, it helps to understand how normal joint works. When two or more bones meet it is called a joint. The joints allow your bones to move but with limits. A very smooth with a wet or slimy surface called cartilage covers the ends of the bones in a joint. This allows the ends of the bones to move against each without causing any friction. The synovium is a type of connective tissue that lines the inner surface of the joints, produces a small amount of synovial fluid that nourishes the cartilage and provides lubrication of the joints. In rheumatoid arthritis the inflammation occurs in the synovium and like any inflammation it becomes red, it swells and it’s painful.
- Ankylosing Spondylitis or AS – is the inflammation of the joints in your spine which results in pain and stiffness. It can also affect other joints in the body. It can cause pain particularly in the lower back or the lumbar region of the spine. Fatigue can also be experienced during the course of the disease.
- Psoriasis Arthritis – this type causes inflammation in and around the joints. This disorder affects people who already have psoriasis a dermatological condition that is characterized by red, scaly rash which usually affects the skin in the elbows, knees, back, buttocks and scalp.
These disorders can affect the other system of the body. They can affect anyone at any age.
If you think you are suffering from Inflammatory Arthritis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Inflammatory Arthritis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).