Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. It develops when the immune system turns its attack against the membrane lining of the joints.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Tender, warm, swollen joints
- Joint inflammation affecting the wrist and finger joints closest to the hand
- Joint inflammation affecting other joints, including the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, ankles, and feet
- Fatigue, fevers, and a loss of energy
- Pain and stiffness lasting for more than 30 minutes
- Symptoms that last for years
- Variability of symptoms among people with the disease
Because of this variability of symptoms, getting an RA diagnosis is often a long and difficult process. The symptoms most people with RA describe are not always the same. Sometimes stiffness and pain can be in the wrist and for someone else it can be in the hip or knee. The impact of this disease can be so debilitating, it is important to research ways in which to best relieve your pain.
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