Things You Really Need To Know
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From Wycliffe Williams
Are you among the many individuals who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis? You
are not alone. It’s estimated that approximately 2.1 million adults are affected by
rheumatoid arthritis in the United States alone, and most of its sufferers are
women. Although the disease can strike at any age, most people who are
diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis are between the ages of 40 and 60.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a common disorder. It affects the joints and the tissues
surrounding them and is considered to be an autoimmune disease. In an
autoimmune disease, the body’s immune system, which is supposed to protect a
person from infection and disease, turns on the individual instead of working to
protect him or her from these conditions. In addition to Rheumatoid arthritis, other
examples of autoimmune disorders are lupus, multiple sclerosis, and Graves'
Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
When making a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, a doctor will be looking for
symptoms that are present on both sides of the body (symmetrical pattern). You
may have rheumatoid arthritis if you are experiencing the following:
Rheumatoid arthritis makes the joints hot, red, and swollen. This combination of
symptoms is known as inflammation.
Another symptom of rheumatoid arthritis is stiffness. The affected joints simply
don't work as well as they once did. Rheumatoid arthritis can reduce the range of
motion of affected joints. A number of people with the disorder find that the
stiffness is most pronounced first thing in the morning and gradually lessens as
the day goes on.
Pain is the body's way of signaling that something is wrong. In the case of
rheumatoid arthritis, the pain can be caused by inflammation. The level of pain
with rheumatoid arthritis will vary, depending on the individual.
Other Symptoms of Rheuma