Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. Rheumatoid Arthritis, commonly known as RA, is a chronic, autoimmune condition, occurring from the immune system attacking the protective lining of the joints. There are several types of arthritis and many different causes.
Researchers and doctors are uncertain what causes Rheumatoid Arthritis, but some research has found that it can be triggered by genetic predisposition combined with environmental factors, such as viruses and bacterial infections.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis can include painful, swollen joints, subcutaneous skin nodules, morning joint stiffness, and fatigue. Some patients have been reported to experience weight loss or fever because of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is most commonly found in women between the ages of 40 and 60. Rheumatoid Arthritis most commonly starts with the smallest joints in the body first, such as those found in the hands and feet, then spreads to other parts of the body. As the disease progresses, it can cause serious health problems to the joints, such as deformity and bone erosion.
There is currently no cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis, but there are treatments available to assist in managing the disease and slow down its progression. Some treatments include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, immunosuppressants, physical therapy, steroids, or a combination of these treatments. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary in order to repair or replace damaged joints and the surrounding tendons.
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The Arthritis Foundation
http://www.arthritis.org/ – The Arthritis Foundation’s mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
http://www.rheumatoidarthritis.com – This site will give you lots of great information about understanding and living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.