Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis effects the small joints that are in your hands as well as your feet. This type of arthritis affects the lining of your joints. This will cause your joints to swell and can result into bone erosion as well as joint deformity.

When your immune system attacks the surrounding lining of membranes around your joints, it will result in rheumatoid arthritis. Signs and symptoms that one can experience from this form of arthritis includes joint pain, joint swelling, joints that are tender to the touch, red and puffy hands, firm bumps of tissue under the skin on your arms, fatigue, morning stiffness, fever, and weight loss. The smaller joints are always the joints that end up affected first. Everyone who has rheumatoid arthritis may not experience all of these symptoms. Some of these symptoms can be more severe than others.

There are several factors that can put anyone at a higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Some of these factors include sex, age, family history, and smoking. Doctors will run blood tests as well as X-rays to determine if a person is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

People need to realize that there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. There are medications that can be given to reduce the inflammation in one’s joints. Treatments include, NSAIDs, steroids, disease modifying antirheumatic drugs, immunosuppressants, TNF-alpha inhibitors, and a few other drugs. Treatment can also involve therapy as well as surgery if needed. Surgery will consist of total joint replacement, tendon repair, removal of the joint, or eve joint fusion. It all depends on the severity of your rheumatoid arthritis. Not all people with it will receive the same treatments. Having surgery on any on the above can definitely carry a high risk of bleeding, infection, and pain. Talk to your doctor.

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