Imagine trying to get a good night’s sleep but failing to do so because your joints are causing too much pain?
Contrary to popular belief arthritis is not only for old people. A 30-year old can be diagnosed having Rheumatoid arthritis and the ones who suffer from it will feel constant fatigue, aches, and pain in their entire body.
And no matter how much sleep a person with Rheumatoid Arthritis gets they won’t wake up feeling refreshed. Pain, weakening, and muscle stiffness accompanies their day.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Chronic joint pain with or without swelling
- Chronic fatigue
- Malaise, fever, loss of appetite
- Inflammation and infections
- Brain fog
- Depression and anxiety
Rheumatoid Arthritis is caused by an attack happening in the immune system. If left untreated, it will lead to joint erosion and permanent damage. It also affects the internal organs and damages the lungs, heart, kidney, skin, and eyes.
Current Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis requires complicated medications and side effects to go along with them. Most of these medications quiet down the immune system so it will not attack the joints.
A combination of medicines is usually involved including biologic infusion that is received using an IV once a month. However, when these drugs begin to wear off after their infusion date, the symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis come back again and even disrupt the menstrual cycle of women.
People suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis have to live with it, most just try to get by with their daily life using gentle stretching to combat the stiffness. It greatly impacts their life, which is why alternative and futuristic solutions like Stem Cell therapy is being looked into by experts.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem Cells have the unique ability to develop into one of many different types of cells. It is versatile, it is within its ability to replace dead and diseased cells inside the body.
Scientists can manipulate the cells so it can develop into a specific type, then inject them back into the body of the patient who needs help with a specific health problem including Rheumatoid Arthritis.
How Can Stem Cells help Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients?
Mesenchymal Stem Cells are types of stem cells that can develop into bone and cartilage. Doctors can inject these cells directly into the tissues and into the surrounding joints. Mesenchymal stem cells suppress the immune system and reduce the body’s inflammatory response which makes it a highly promising treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Clinics in the USA, UK, China, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and Europe have already adopted the use of Stem cell therapy to treat arthritis. In a study
In several studies conducted in 2013 and 2015, they investigated the potency of Mesenchymal stem cell therapy for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis. 172 participants were injected with Mesenchymal stem cells via intravenous injection, while another group was given a placebo injection. The ones who were given MSC treatment showed significant improvement according to the American College of Rheumatology. These improvements were seen in the increased levels of regulatory T cells in their blood. These are the ones capable of stopping the immune system from attacking the body’s cells, effectively controlling inflammation.
Another study in 2019 study by Huang et. al.; involving 64 Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients also conclude the Mesenchymal stem cells is safe to use. It does not create any long term abnormalities as proven by blood examinations.
All of the patients shown improvements in their diet, sleep and physical strength after undergoing cell based therapy.
However, we must understand that stem cell therapy cannot be considered as a cure for RA, but mesenchymal stem cells can impact the lives of Rheumatoid patients and improve it by reducing inflammation and stabilizing the immune system.
Mesenchymal stem cells are highly favored by the medical world because it offers an interesting therapeutic opportunity for treating Rheumatoid Arthritis. It is becoming the go-to treatment option for patients.
Stem Cell Advocates
There is a growing number of stem cell advocates all over the world, including A-list actor Michael York and actress-singer and award-winning author Lourdes Duque Baron.
Both a receiver of billions of stem cells themselves, they attest to the truth and efficacy of this rejuvenating and immensely powerful treatment.
Michael York a highly respected actor who is known for his work in Cabaret, Logan’s Run, and Austin Power decided to become an advocate for stem cells after receiving treatment for his Amyloidosis and Multiple Myeloma.
Lourdes Duque Baron during a photoshoot taken July 26, 2019 — she was 72. While 73-year-old Lourdes Duque Baron experienced the healing of her Osteoporosis by way of stem cell therapy.
Ethical Use of Stem Cells
Since scientists and researchers no longer need to use embryonic stem cells the moral and ethical debate surrounding the use of stem cells has waned. Mesenchymal stem cells could be harvested from the bone marrow and we can also culture stem cells in a laboratory. Master cells can now be replicated within the patient’s body through Pluripotent stem cells.
These induced stem cells are the ones used to heal target areas and fight diseases that attack the joints and other parts of the body.
According to the National Institute of Health ( NIH), Pluripotent stem cells are already beneficial tools for drug development, for modeling diseases and scientists can now use them for transplantation medicine.
The Arthritis Foundation is one of the major organizations who already began partnering up with stem cell research organizations like Celltex. These institutions are excited about the groundbreaking advancements in adult stem cell research for arthritis patients.
Stem cells can be used to answer the most perplexing and mind-boggling questions in biomedical research. It is the key to understanding the immune system, the way infections move, and gives us a deeper understanding of the vital cells, organs, and tissues.
Because of stem cells, we can answer questions with regards to autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, Diabetes, and even systemic lupus, HIV/AIDS, and even complex diseases like Sjogren’s syndrome.