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What You Need to Know about Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the joints and other parts of the body. It is an autoimmune disorder, meaning the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. RA can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of function in the joints. It can also affect other organs in the body, such as the lungs and heart.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, but treatments can help to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and improve quality of life. Learning about RA and understanding the available treatments can help you manage your symptoms and live a full and active life. Here are some important facts you should know about RA:

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  • Pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints, especially in the hands and feet
  • Loss of range of motion in the joints
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental Factors
  • Autoimmune Response

Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  • Physical exam
  • Blood tests
  • X-rays
  • MRI scans

Treatment Options for Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
  • Biologic Response Modifiers
  • Corticosteroids
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get enough rest
  • Manage stress
  • Practice relaxation techniques
  • Use assistive devices
  • Join a support group

RA is a chronic condition that can have a significant impact on your life. However, with proper diagnosis and treatment, you can manage your symptoms and live an active and fulfilling life. It’s important to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and treatment options, and to find a supportive community of peers who understand what you’re going through. With the right resources and support, you can find ways to live well with RA.