Rheumatoid arthritis …ever wondered what exactly this disease is? If you answered yes, you’re not alone.
Rheumatoid arthritis, otherwise known as RA, is one of the most common types of arthritis. The disease causes inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues, and can also affect other organs.
While we don’t know the exact cause of RA, we do know that it is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. As a result of the attack, fluids build up in the joints causing pain and inflammation.
The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis vary from person to person. You might notice a decreased range of motion, as well as inflammation, swelling, and pain. The long-term effects can cause serious damage to cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. And it can even wear away the ends of your bones.
As of today, there is no cure for Rheumatoid arthritis — it’s a chronic disease that attacks people of all ages. Evidence shows that early diagnosis and aggressive treatment to put the disease into remission is the best means of avoiding joint destruction, organ damage, and disability.
Originally published at oddishpills.tumblr.com on September 22, 2019.