Parker Waichman LLP is currently investigating an association between Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and the Mirena® intrauterine device (IUD). Mirena® is a hormonal IUD that is implanted in the uterus for up to five years at a time in order to prevent pregnancy.
Speak with your doctor if you are implanted with Mirena and think that you have RA. Parker Waichman offers free legal advice to women who suspect that their injuries are a direct result of using Mirena®.
If you developed RA while using Mirena®, our attorneys would like to speak to you. Please contact the Mirena® injury lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP for a free, no obligation evaluation of your case.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
RA is a condition that causes inflammation of the joints.
Unlike osteoarthritis, which affects the bone, RA typically targets the lining of the small joints, such as the ones in the hands and feet.
It is an autoimmune disease, meaning that the body’s immune system will see its own tissues as a threat, and attack them.
In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune cells cause irritation in the synovium, the tissue that lines the joints.
This can damage the cartilage, causing bones to rub against one another. The inflammation can also lead to excess fluid in the joint, affecting the bonds between the bones as the lining expands. Complications of RA include osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, heart problems and lung disease.
According to WebMD, RA occurs most often in women between the ages of 40 to 60 years old.
How Do I Know if I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Generally, RA starts out in the small joints. Over time however, it can affect the larger joints, such as the ankles, knees, elbows, hips and shoulders. Most of the time, RA symptoms are symmetrical; they tend to affect the same joint on both sides of the body.
Common signs and symptoms of RA include:
- Warmth, tenderness and swelling of the joints
- Stiffness in the morning or after long period of sitting
- Weight Loss
- Firm bumps under the skin of the arms (rheumatoid nodules)
Rheumatoid arthritis can affect people differently. In some patients, the condition will worsen rapidly, while in others symptoms may take years to fully develop. Patients may alternate between “flares” –periods where symptoms intensify- and remission, where symptoms fade.
Legal Help for Mirena® IUD Patients with RA
If you developed RA while using the Mirena® IUD, you may have valuable legal rights. To discuss your case with one of the Mirena® IUD attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.