How to Recognize Rheumatoid Arthritis

By

Denise Mann

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Your finger joints are red, achy and swollen – especially when you first wake-up.

You are completely exhausted and can barely manage to get through your workday.

You’ve lost weight without really trying, and have been fighting off fevers for several months.

Something’s not right.

Could it be rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

RA is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body engages in friendly fire against its own joints and tissues. This causes joint pain and inflammation and may lead to problems performing activities of daily living such as cooking, brushing your teeth and getting dressed. Down the road, it can also lead to disability.

RA can be a difficult load to bear, but with the right tools, strategies, and support, you can manage the disease and keep moving forward.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 4, 2015

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