X-ray treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?
June 5, 2014 10:37 PM Subscribe
Can you point me to any research or even provide anecdotal evidence in the effective use of radiation, specifically x-ray treatment, in reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in the hand?
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A friend related a story to me today regarding her grandmother, who has rheumatoid arthritis with severe deformation of her hands. However, one of her hands was injured recently in a car accident and as a result, she required a series of about ten x-rays to the one hand. Within days, that hand began to loosen up and regain function almost to the point of no pain and complete use of the hand to a near normal state.
Her other uninjured but crippled hand has remained in the same painful, distorted condition it was in before the accident. Doctors haven refused to x-Ray the other hand for Reasons. Dr. Google has only turned up articles on the use of x-rays for diagnostic purposes. Have you or someone you known had a similar improvement of RA symptoms after radiation, specifically x-rays, or do you know of any research that might convince the doctors to reconsider?