Rheumatoid Arthritis

It’s a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.

An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues. In addition to causing joint problems, rheumatoid arthritis sometimes can affect other organs of the body — such as the skin, eyes, lungs and blood vessels.

Can occur at any age, but usually begins after age 40 & Common in women.

Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:

  • Tender, warm, swollen joints ( smaller joints first)
  • Morning stiffness that may last for hours
  • Firm bumps of tissue under the skin on your arms (rheumatoid nodules)
  • Fatigue, fever and weight loss

Over time, rheumatoid arthritis can cause joints to deform and shift out of place.

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