For those who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, a mutiny overtakes their bodies. First Captain AID (Autoimmune Disease) invades and then he recruits the immune system to rebel against the body.
He sends some of the immune scurvy dogs to attack the joints. They run to any joint they can find and pull out miniature jackhammers and begin hammering away at the joint until they have destroyed it leaving the person in pain with joints that no longer function correctly.
Next he sends some of his minions out to search and seize every vestige of energy they can find. They scour the body and hunt for any signs of energy then when they find the tiniest bit, the lock it down and throw it overboard. With no energy, fighting this nasty pirate becomes even harder.
Captain AID isn't happy with just stealing energy and destroying joints so he sends out more of his team to suck up and destroy blood cells leaving the body anemic and even more tired.
Sometimes the old Captain decides joint damage isn't enough and he sends the mutinous team to the heart, lungs, eyes, and even ears causing even more damage.
As if this isn't enough, Captain AID often calls in his pals, Captain Sjogren and Captain Raynaud, to wreak their havoc on the body.
Captain Sjogren sends his crew to tap dance in the joints. They jump in right next to AID's crew so one team jackhammers and the other tap dances.
Next Captain Sjogren sends part of his crew to all of the moisture producing glands to stop them up. This leaves the eyes gritty and sandy feeling and can cause corneal abrasions. His havoc doesn't stop there, when he blocks the salivary glands, the mouth becomes as dry as a desert wind.
Captain Raynaud joins the fight. He causes vasospasms in the hands, feet, ears, nose and even nipples. The vasospasms result in very cold extremities and color changes. The extremities can become numb and tingle. In extreme cases, the extremities can ulcerate.
Once the mutiny is identified, we enlist the help of Captain Rheum. He gives us the guns to fight this mutinous crew. We bombard them with guns like Prednisone, Methotrexate, Arava, Remicaide, Enbrel, Humira just to name a few.
Using these big guns exhausts the body even more but they are necessary so we continue to fight the fight and use the big guns so we can prevent even further damage from the Captain and his minions.