How Reactive and Rheumatoid Arthritis present on the HTMA
What is Reactive arthritis (ReA)?
(For simplicity, I'm calling Reactive Arthritis "ReA" in this article).
Reactive arthritis is joint pain and swelling triggered by an infection in another part of your body — most often your intestines, genitals or urinary tract.
Reactive arthritis usually targets your knees and the joints of your ankles and feet. Inflammation also can affect your eyes, skin and urethra.
Previously, reactive arthritis was sometimes called Reiter's syndrome, which was characterized by eye, urethra and joint inflammation.
Reactive arthritis isn't common. For most people, signs and symptoms come and go, eventually disappearing within 12 months.
The causes of ReA include:
Reactive arthritis develops in reaction to an infection in your body, often in your intestines, genitals or urinary tract. You might not be aware of the triggering infection if it causes mild symptoms or none at all.
Numerous bacteria can cause reactive arthritis. Some are transmitted sexually, and others are foodborne. The most common ones include:
ReA and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) tend to be diagnosed as being the same. In my experience the diagnosis of ReA is rare. Most cases of inflammatory arthritis that appear to have been triggered by an infection are diagnosed as being RA. Technically they should be ReA, although the signs and symptoms are more or less identical.
On the Interclinical Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) both RA and ReA have the same patterns.
(Note: this is an essay by Gary Moller, reflecting upon what he has observed when applying the HTMA in the Clinic, including the unique patterns on the HTMA that are often common to a specific health condition. This is not to diagnose a medical condition, nor are there any treatment recommendations. The intention here is to help guide nutrition and lifestyle support).