Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune chronic inflammatory disorder. Many people think that this disease only affects one’s joint - but it can also affect other things such as skin, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. About 40% of Adults have Rheumatoid Arthritis, and it usually strikes active adults who are active (and who overuse their joints).
Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system attacks the synovium (the lining of the membranes that surround the joints). The result is inflammation of the lining of the joint which ultimately destroys the cartilage and bone within the joint. Women are more likely to develop this disorder than men. Experts believe that the reason for this is because women get autoimmune diseases more easily (because their immune system is stronger and more reactive) and because of a hormone that women have that causes them to have more flares. Smoking and obesity also have an effect on the likelihood of getting Rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms may include tender, warm and swollen joints, Joint stiffness (usually worse in the morning), and fatigue. Once someone experiences these symptoms they should see a doctor. There are many ways to treat Rheumatoid arthritis. For example: anti-inflammatory drugs that reduce inflammation, steroids, and biological medications.
Although there isn't a cure for Rheumatism, there are many treatments that are available for people who are suffering from this disease.
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