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Rheumatoid arthritis, also known as RA, is a type of arthritis that affects the joints of the body. The areas most likely to be affected may include the hands, elbows, wrists, legs, and ankles. Even though this condition affects the joints, it may also affect other parts of the body, such as the eyes or lungs. RA, which is the most common type of autoimmune arthritis, is caused when the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints of the body, causing a wide variety of symptoms to appear. The good news is that RA has an excellent prognosis, and if the correct steps are taken, its debilitating effects may be greatly reduced.

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1. Fatigue

Being tired is a normal part of everyday life. But when it becomes excessive, it may interfere in quality of life of those who have rheumatoid arthritis. People with this condition commonly report fatigue as one of their symptoms. In fact, up to 98 percent of RA patients have felt fatigue at some point, experiencing severe weariness or exhaustion that doesn't dissipate with sleep, and feeling tired even after a full night's sleep. Fatigue may be acute or long-lasting. Sometimes, even if their joints feel fine, RA patients may experience an increase in fatigue.

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