Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a autoimmune disease, where the body’s immune system will attack the joint tissues and cause inflammation within the joint lining. The inflammation of joint lining is called synovium. Arthritis is often the cause of pain stiffness, swelling, redness and warmth. RA is degenerating disease, that causes inflammations and flares, with differing levels of pain . RA can affect many different joints, as well blood , eyes, heart and lungs.
Despite Rheumatoid Arthritis being a chronic disease, It can be unpredictable with symptoms that come and go. There are times we people we experience higher levels of activity, this activity is called flares or flare-ups or can depend on a variety things. Symptoms fade or disappear, and remission.
You may want to talk to your doctor if your experience any of these symptoms.
- Stiffness and pain that last more than an hour after sleeping, usually early in the morning.
- Joint inflammation, there can be inflammation in your joints such as wrist, fingers, necks, shoulders, elbow, hips, feet, ankles, and knees.
- Fatigue , and cause a fever, and general sense of not feeling well (called malaise)
- Symmetrical patterns during inflammation, meaning both sides of the body.
RA will progress through the body , nearly 25% of people with disease develop small lumps under the skin called rheumatoid nodules, although they are not painful.
There are several causes of RA but there is not much known about them. Scientist have found two primary reasons for rheumatoid arthritis.
The first cause is genetic. Certain genes can affect the immune system. In some individuals genetic factors will be determine whether some one will develop RA.
The second causes of RA can be environmental. Some people will inherent the genetic tendency of the disease. as RA is not contagious.
Effects of rheumatoid arthritis- Rheumatoid arthritis can cause joint inflammation that will affect a person’s daily activities. If left untreated, RA will worsen. After the disease begin to onset, the following symptoms will take effect.
- Tendons will inflame and rupture (tearing apart)
- Bones and joints will begin to erode, causing pain and deformity
- Increased Swelling can damage and destroy the body’s joints and ligaments. It can damage joint and cartilage and bones.
If you think that you are experiencing discomfort on a consistent basis, you should make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor can run test to early diagnosis to help slow the disease progression. When you talk to your doctor, he or she will ask you questions about your medical history and decide wether they can diagnose RA as well as determine the severity of the bone and joint damage.
Blood test looks at antibodies that can indicate rheumatoid factors. 70% to 90% of those people who have RA have this antibody. It is also possible for those who do have this antibody to have RA.
THe erythrocyte sedimentation is also measured, to indicate inflammation within the body. People who suffer from RA tend to have high sedimentation rates.
You can also recieve X-rays test to analyze the joints and bones throughout the body. These x-rays will show joint and bone damage and deterioration. The sequence of X-rays show progression of RA.
Ir you have any of these symptoms you should contact your doctor.