Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that most commonly affects the joints of the hands, feet, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. Because RA also can affect organs and body systems, such as the cardiovascular or respiratory systems, it is called a systemic disease.
The symptoms of the disease may come and go, and people with RA, who closely follow an effective treatment plan, can experience periods of remission (low to no disease activity). However, there is no cure for RA, so the disease requires ongoing monitoring and treatment as you engage in healthy lifestyle habits.
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In This Toolkit:
Learn about causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options for RA.
Learn how three people with rheumatoid arthritis are thriving.
Diet can’t cure RA, but the right food choices can help control inflammation.
To manage your RA, you’ll need the expertise of a team of health professionals.
Many parts of your body, not just your joints, must battle the inflammation of RA.
For even more information about rheumatoid arthritis, visit the Arthritis Foundation website and blog: