Rheumatoid arthritis treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions
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Can I talk to a doctor on Maple about my rheumatoid arthritis?
Yes. In many cases, a doctor on Maple can diagnose rheumatoid arthritis online by asking about your symptoms, observing your condition, and ordering tests. They may send you for lab work or x-rays to confirm your diagnosis. They will then be able to write necessary prescriptions, and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. If the doctor suspects you have a more serious problem, they may suggest for you to go to a clinic for a thorough physical examination.
Can I get a prescription on Maple?
Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or to have it delivered right to your door at no additional cost.
You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect a variety of body systems, including the joints, skin, eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. It is classified as an autoimmune disorder because it occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your body’s own tissues. When it does affect your joints, it affects the lining of the joints causing painful swelling, bone erosion, and deformity.
What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:
- Tender, warm, swollen joints
- Joint stiffness that is worse after inactivity or sleep
- Discomfort that lasts at least 6 weeks
- Fatigue, fever, and loss of appetite
How can I treat rheumatoid arthritis?
Typical rheumatoid arthritis treatment is aimed at reducing inflammation and pain relief. This often involves medication, occupational or physical therapy, and exercise. Occasionally, you may require surgery.
Medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as naproxen and ibuprofen
- Steroids, such as prednisone
- Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
- Biologic agents
What is Maple?
With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.
You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video. You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.
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