What Do You Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis?
The HealthCentral Editorial Team | Jul 10th 2017
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Rheumatoid arthritis is:
The answer is: Both. Rheumatoid arthritis is often classified in two categories: Type I is temporary, lasting only a few months and leaving no permanent disability, while Type II is chronic and can last from a few years to an entire lifetime.
The onset of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is most common between the ages of:
Although RA can begin at any age, it most often occurs between 20 and 45 years of age.
True or False: RA develops and progresses very quickly.
False. The onset is typically gradual; rheumatoid arthritis symptoms begin with fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, and muscle joints and aches. These symptoms later progress to joint pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease caused by abnormalities in which system of the body?
RA is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks itself.
True or false: RA affects only bones and cartilage.
Rheumatoid arthritis can also affect other organs in the body.
All of the following are risk factors for RA except:
People who suffer from hay fever may in fact have a reduced risk of suffering from RA.
People with RA are at higher risk for which of the following conditions:
Patients with severe RA may be at greater risk for all these conditions.
True or False: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) usually worsens in adulthood.
False. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is often cured by adulthood. Less severe cases of JRA have the highest chance of disappearing before adulthood.
Factors that might warrant more moderate treatment of RA include:
All of these factors might suggest that more moderate RA treatment should be considered.
Lifestyle changes that can benefit people suffering from RA include:
It is important for people suffering from RA to maintain a healthy balance between rest and exercise. Rest serves to reduce inflammation, while exercise reduces stiffness and weakness.