A large number of people who suffer from arthritis may have a reactive arthritis also called Reiter’s syndrome which allows certain types of bacteria to attack your joints without activating or elevating your white count levels or causing any fevers or symptoms which would indicate an infection to a doctor. This tends to be genetic and runs in families. You can easily check to see if you have this condition by a simple genetic blood test HLA-B27. Medicare has paid for the test in the case of my family members.
This condition is often mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis which you can also verify with a test. However, even if you are negative on the genetic markers you can have your doctor draw fluid from the affected joint to test for the presence of bacteria. Especially if you have recurring flare ups, swelling, redness & heat around the affected joint.
Simple antibiotics can clear up the inflamed joints and prevent further damage if you have Reiter’s syndrome or if your joint fluid tests positive for bacteria. You will have to request these tests and may even have to insist on it to get it. The doctors will never volunteer to run these tests. You have to request them to get them.
In my family, those who have tested for the condition no longer suffer from arthritis inflammation or joint deterioration. Those who refuse to ask the doctor to run the tests are completely crippled with their destructive arthritis because they are too stubborn to ask for the tests. It is their choice to suffer but their doctors will never run those tests unless they request them. The choice is easy. Either get the tests and clear up the inflammation with antibiotics, if positive; Or go without and allow the bacteria to destroy their joints.
I’m completely free of arthritis damage because I asked for the tests and treat any flare ups accordingly.
I’m not a doctor. I can only tell you what works for myself and my family.
If you have a serious medical problem, be sure to seek help from a qualified medical professional.