Rheumatoid Arthritis is a long-term condition that leads to inflammation of tissues, joints, and other organs. It develops slowly, and there may not be any symptoms at the beginning.
Scientists still don't know what causes rheumatoid arthritis. It is an autoimmune disease, which causes the immune system to attack healthy tissues and exposes tissues to harmful substances. As a result, the body attacks itself. Preventing rheumatoid arthritis is impossible.
This disease can occur at any age, but women are at a higher risk than men. Wrists, knees, feet, fingers, and ankles are the most commonly affected body parts. The severity of the disease can vary. Hormones, genes, and infection contribute to rheumatoid arthritis.
The disease starts off slowly and then develops into the serious illness with severe symptoms such as fever, fatigue, weakness, and pain. Morning stiffness is also very common. This disease requires lifelong treatment, medications, exercise, physical therapy, and even surgery. Early treatment can delay joint destruction.
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