He was someone I knew.
indeed, I should call him a friend.
One of those patients you end up striking a friendship with - A young successful business man with everything going for him.
I hadn't seen him in a couple of years, until he called that fateful day. There was something eerie about the way he spoke on the phone.
I went out to meet him, what i saw made my smile disappear - my outstretched hand was met by a deformed hand.
My friend had suddenly become a cripple.
His hands were deformed, his legs also, he couldn't walk without the aid of a wheelchair. He was a pitiable sight.
What manner of illness could have done this to a person in such a short time? A young man for that matter.
He had Rheumatoid Arthritis.
WHAT IS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS?
This is an autoimmune disease ( A disease where the body's immune system attacks the body cells or tissues). It affects multiple joints in the body.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Severe pain in joints
leads to deformity
leads to disability
leading to loss of function
An eventual reduction in person's quality of life.
Treatment and prognosis Of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Although no cure exists, there are major advances being made by science to reduce the pain and disability associated with this condition.
Back to my Friend.
His business started to crumble and his wife started misbehaving as a consequence of his seemingly disabled condition.