Most people have heard of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or RA but what is rheumatoid arthritis? This article “What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis Or RA?” takes a look at that question. There are additional links below that can help you learn more about rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is what is called an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases are diseases that attack the body because it mistakes the body as a pathogen. Rheumatoid arthritis will cause chronic inflammation of the sufferer’s joints and the tissue that surrounds the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can even spread to other organs in the body. Since rheumatoid arthritis can attack more than one organ in the body it is considered a systemic disease and can be called rheumatoid disease.
A chronic illness is a disease that can last for long periods of time. This describes rheumatoid arthritis. Those with rheumatoid arthritis can go for many months or even years without symptoms. This can create a false sense of security. Rheumatoid arthritis is also a progressive disease. Rheumatoid arthritis has the strong potential to result in destruction of joints and functional disability.
The place where two bones meet is called a joint. This setup allows movement in the body. When there is joint inflammation then that is arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis creates swelling in the joint and tissues around the joints. This swelling causes pain, stiffness and redness in the joints, tendons, muscles and ligaments.
In some people with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic inflammation leads to the destruction of the cartilage, bone, and ligaments, causing deformity of the joints. Damage to the joints can occur early in the disease and be progressive. Moreover, studies have shown that the progressive damage to the joints does not necessarily correlate with the degree of pain, stiffness, or swelling present in the joints.
Make sure and seek the advice of a medical professional if you have any symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The information provided regarding Rheumatoid Arthritis should be taken in the place of personal advice given by your physician.