10 Things You Should Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis

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10 Things You Should Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis

10 Things You Should Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis
By Danille Lea

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases are illnesses that occur when the body’s tissues are attacked by their own immune system. In a normal immune system there are cells that “seek and destroy” infections, but in patients with an autoimmune disease antibodies attack their own bodies tissues.(1)

1. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect multiple organs of the body, therefore it is a systemic illness.(1)

2. Rheumatoid arthritis can also be called rheumatoid disease.(1)

3. Rheumatoid disease can last for years, meaning it is a chronic illness.(1)

4. Rheumatoid disease is typically a progressive illness that can get worse overtime, causing functional disability and joint destruction.(1)

5. Some patients may experience long periods without symptoms.(1)

6. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are chronic inflammation of the joints and inflammation to the tissues around the joints.(1)

7. Approximately 1.3 million people in the United States are affected by rheumatoid arthritis.(1)

8. Three times more women than men have rheumatoid arthritis.(1)

9. Testing and diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is done through a arthritis blood test given by a doctor. (2)

10. Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis includes anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids, and physical therapy. (3)

There is no known way to prevent from getting rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers continue to study the triggers of the disease. The only measures one can take is after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, work with a doctor to try to control the disease.(4)






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