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Inflammation And Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the immune system mistakenly attacking joints and organs such as the heart, eyes, skin, lungs and blood vessels. Rheumatoid arthritis can begin to damage your joints and bones in as early as the first year you have the disease. This can lead to deformation, greatly decreasing a joint’s range of motion and rendering a person immobile.
Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation in the lining of the joints, leaving them swollen and painful. With RA, if a joint on one side of the body is inflamed, the corresponding joint on the other side of the body will likely be inflamed also. Symmetry of joint pain is a characteristic of RA that distinguishes it from other types of arthritis like osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and lupus.
Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in women than in men. While it usually affects people in their 40s, it can be diagnosed at any age. Rheumatoid Arthritis can be difficult to diagnose due the symptoms mimicking symptoms of other known illnesses and because the symptoms come and go with flare ups and remissions.