Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. In some people, the condition also can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels.Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:
Tender, warm, swollen joints
Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the mornings and after inactivity
Fatigue, fever and weight loss
HOW IS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS DIAGNOSED?
There is no single test that shows to diagnose RA. The doctor will do a checkup, ask about symptoms, and possibly perform X-rays and blood tests. A newer, more specific blood test for rheumatoid arthritis is the cyclic citrulline antibody test, also called anti-CCP. The presence of anti-CCP antibodies suggests a tendency toward a more aggressive form of rheumatoid arthritis.
HOW IS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS TREATED?
The Rheumatoid Arthritis makes use of NSAIDS to reduce pain followed with physiotherapy, exercises, massage and lifestyle changes. Home remedies help to manage weight and thus reduce joint pressure. Surgery is essential in some cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
In women, RA most commonly begins between ages 30 and 60. In men, it often occurs later in life. Having a family member with RA increases the odds of having RA, however, the majority of people with RA have no family history of the disease.