Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a systemic inflammatory disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of motion in the joints. It is an autoimmune disease — one of many in which, for unknown reasons, a person’s immune system attacks his or her own body tissues. In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks the synovium, which is the tissue that lines the joints. This causes an inflammation that can eventually lead to the destruction of the synovium and the joint.
Rheumatoid arthritis occurs in all types of people. But there are several characteristics that many patients share:
- The disease often begins when people are between the ages of 30 and 50.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is about three times more common in women than in men.
- People who have close relatives with rheumatoid arthritis may be at increased risk of developing the disease.
What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis vary from person to person and can mimic those of other inflammatory joint conditions, sometimes making the diagnosis difficult. Common RA symptoms include:
- Tender, warm, swollen, and stiff joints, often first noticed in the hands and feet and usually symmetrical; for example, both wrists are affected at the same time.
- Stiffness and pain that are usually worse after waking in the morning and last at least an hour before improving with use and motion.
- Tiredness, low-grade fever, weight loss, and a general feeling of malaise that may develop even before the onset of joint symptoms.
- Systemic effects on other parts of the body, such as the tear and salivary glands, lungs, heart, and blood vessels.
- Soft lumps called rheumatoid nodules that range in size from a pea to a walnut, which occur in 20 to 30 percent of people with RA.
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