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Rheumatoid Arthritis SYMPTOMS
Symptoms of RA may include:
Painful, swollen, tender, stiff joints.
Morning stiffness, or joint stiffness after longs periods of sitting for longer than 30 minutes
Nodules ranging in size from a pea to a gumball that usually form over pressure points in the body (knuckles, lower leg bones, elbows, etc). RISK FACTORS
The causes of RA are not fully understood, but may be due to:
Immune system - an RA patient's immune system mistakes the body's healthy tissue for a foreign invader and attacks it
Gender - women are affect twice as much as men
Genetics - a genetic abnormality may increase the risk of developing RA TREATMENT
There is no known cure for RA, however, treatment options include:
Rest and exercise
Rheumatoid arthritis is a relatively common disease of the joints. The lining of the joints become inflamed, and over time, the inflammation may destroy the joint tissues. The destruction of joint tissues may lead to disability. Women are affected twice as much as men, and this condition often sets in between the ages of 40 and 60. Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 LifeART Collection Images Copyright © 1989-2001 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD