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Mar 2022

Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms - you should know

Posted By Suborna Fermi Posted on Mar 04, 2022

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic type of arthritis. This autoimmune disease causes the sufferer intense joint pain, swelling and damage all over the body. In rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system attacks the lining of both sides of your joints, which is why this type of arthritis is the most painful.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of osteoarthritis, which appears at an older age. While rheumatoid arthritis occurs at middle age and in old women more than men. One may experience rheumatoid arthritis only for a shorter span in life, while some may experience this for lifetime. Multiple rheumatoid arthritis treatments are available, hence it is important to know every little detail about arthritis.

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis:

Symptoms for rheumatoid arthritis are basically centred around joints of the hand, fingers, wrists, knees, ankles, and feet. However, the symptoms may increase during the exacerbation period, and the symptoms may decrease or completely stop during the remission period. The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are:

  • Low fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in one or more joints
  • Stiffness in one or more joints
  • Swelling in one or more joints
  • Swelling and stiffness in the joints especially which occurs in the morning
  • Reduced joint function

One may have mild symptoms, and some may experience the symptoms with severity. We know that these symptoms usually circulates around the joints, however, this can also affect different part of your body, such as you:

  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Mouth
  • Eyes
  • Skin

Unrestrained swelling may harm your cartilage, which is considered a ‘shock absorber’ in the joints. This shock absorber can twist your joints. Over time, this can deform your joint as well.

Causes of rheumatoid arthritis

The exact justification which causes rheumatoid arthritis are still undetermined. However, medical experts concluded that it is caused by certain factors including genetics, and environment. Typically, this autoimmune disorder occurs when something prompts your immune system to attack your healthful body tissues. Anything, including an infection, physical stress as well as mental stress can also trigger your immune system. However, there are some risk factors of rheumatoid arthritis, such as:

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Genetics
  • Diet
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

As rheumatoid arthritis is a life-long condition, it is better to diagnose this in its early phase. Even though there is no precise cure of this condition, certain treatments can definitely heal the inflammation and swelling, which is discomforting you. Hence, early diagnosing and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is really essential.

Disclaimer: This article and everything mentioned in it is mainly for general information purposes only and not to be considered as professional medical advise under any circumstances. Always consult a certified doctor before making changes in your diet, lifestyle habit or starting any medication for yourself.