Behcet’s disease affects an estimated 7 in every 100,000 people in the US. While it is a rare condition, there can be life-altering effects for patients suffering from this disease. There is no cure, and the symptoms can come and go throughout a patient’s lifetime. At Medici Spine & Pain, we offer treatments that can help manage the pain and symptoms of Behcet’s disease to give patients a better quality of life.
What is Behcet’s Disease?
The cause of Behcet’s disease is not known, but it is more common among men and those of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean or Asian descent. The disease may begin without warning in adults, usually in their 20s or 30s, with flare-ups occurring throughout their lives. Behcet’s disease is an inflammatory disorder that damages blood vessels, causing a variety of painful conditions throughout the body. Some of the symptoms include:
- Joint inflammation and pain
- Genital and oral sores
- Eye inflammation that can affect vision, even cause blindness
- Acne and other skin conditions
- Neck and head pain (inflammation of the brain meninges)
Flare-ups of symptoms can appear and disappear without warning. Treatments can help minimize damage from the vasculitis, or inflammation to the blood vessels and arteries.
Treatment for Behcet’s Syndrome
Since there is not a cure for Behcet’s syndrome, treating the symptoms and limiting damage is the best course of action. Inflammatory injections and medication management can be used during flare-ups to minimize damage and discomfort. Our pain physicians may also recommend physiotherapy and psychotherapy treatments to help patients manage chronic pain without the use of dangerous narcotics.
If you have been diagnosed with Behcet’s disease and want to explore treatment options to improve your quality of life, contact Medici Spine & Pain to schedule a consultation. Choose one of our clinics located in the greater Atlanta area.