To bring awareness to the fatal spinal, complications associated with rheumatoid arthritis or better described as, “rheumatoid disease.” Our family was uninformed, that rheumatoid arthritis could lead to spinal cord syndrome and then, quickly to death.
Eighty-six percent of RA patients have the disease in their spine yet, how many of those patients receive neck imaging as a preventative, diagnostic tool? The statistics are dangerously low. How many are at the beginning stages of spinal deterioration? From what I’ve read – many. Family members, caregivers, and healthcare workers of those with RA must familiarize themselves with the sign and symptoms of spinal instability in order to get patients early intervention before it’s too late.