Monday, July 28, 2014

Introduction

At a Glance

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder that affects the lining of the joints. Classic symptoms include, symmetrical joint pain on the body, morning stiffness, swollen joints, and flu-like symptoms. Risk factors include age, gender and genetics. Several other conditions can present with similar symptoms, but seeing a rheumatologist can be a first step to getting the right diagnosis.

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What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that affects the lining of the joints, and can…

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Am I At Risk?

Risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis include age, gender and genetics. Onset typically occurs between 20 to 45 years of age, and women are more likely to have RA than…

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Symptoms of RA

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include morning stiffness, swollen, painful joints, joint destruction, nodules and flu-like symptoms, among others. Typically, affected…

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Conditions That Look Like RA

There are many conditons that have similar symptoms to rheumatoid arthritis, which can make it hard to diagnose. Some of these include psoriatic arthritis, erosive…

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Hot Topics

This is the second of two posts that discuss my experience with serious side effects and complications from RA. Side effects have come under control for me, but complications are another story!   A Complication, is defined as an unfavorable…