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Rheumatoid Arthritis is one of the most debilitating forms of arthritis and affects the small joints of the hands and feet. It often starts in middle age and progresses significantly in old age. Being an autoimmune disorder, it also attacks lungs, skin, heart etc. Rheumatoid Arthritis is the second most common form of arthritis and affects about 0.7% of the Indian population, an incidence that is much higher in comparison with other developing countries. Also, women are three times more susceptible to this condition than men.
Autoimmunity is a condition where the body’s defense mechanism treats its own body tissues as foreign and starts acting against them. In the case of Rheumatoid Arthritis, the synovial membrane that lines the joint cavity is treated as an antigen or foreign body, resulting in joint inflammation. The exact cause of this condition is not known, however, there are some risk factors that aggravate it.
Different patients may present diverse symptoms, which include
Your rheumatologist may get your family history & physically examine your condition. Since no one test can diagnosis Rheumatoid Arthritis, you may be asked to get a blood test for identifying specific antibodies. To notice joint damage, an X-ray or an MRI may also be suggested.
Early treatment can limit the disease from progressing further. Medication along with self-management can also relieve the condition better
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Preventing Rheumatoid Arthritis may not be completely practical, however diligent treatment at an early stage can help ease the symptoms and curb further progression.
Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis is very painful. Although we cannot obviate that pain, we can help to ease your agony and make your life more independent with our range of products and expert assistance.
By Sai Ratna Manjari
Guest Author & Technical Researcher
Rheumatoid Arthritis, NIH | Rheumatoid Arthritis, PDF | Top 3 Types of Arthritis, WebMD | Tips for coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis, MAYO CLINIC
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