Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system – which normally protects its health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses – mistakenly attacks the joints. Read More >>

Rheumatoid Arthritis Causes

The cause of RA is not yet fully understood, although doctors do know that an abnormal response of the immune system plays a leading role in the inflammation and joint damage that occurs. Read More >>

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Along with joint inflammation and pain, many people experience fatigue, loss of appetite and a low-grade fever. Because RA is a systemic disease, it may also affect organs and body systems. Read More >>

Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis

A rheumatologist is a specialist with specific training and skills to diagnose and treat RA. To make a proper diagnosis, the doctor will collect information on personal and family medical history, perform a physical exam and order diagnostic tests. Read More >>

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

The goals of RA treatment are stop inflammation (put disease in remission), relieve symptoms, prevent joint and organ damage, improve physical function and overall well-being, and reduce long-term complications. Read More >>

Rheumatoid Arthritis Self-Care

You can be an effective self manager of RA by taking a proactive role in your own treatment and maintain a good quality of life. As a complement to a medication program, here are some ways that can help manage symptoms and promote overall health. Read More >>

More About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system – which normally protects its health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses – mistakenly attacks the joints. Read More >>

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