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Rheumatoid arthritis is a degenerative form of arthritis that attacks the tissue surrounding the joints, as well as the joints themselves. It is an autoimmune disease (which occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the body rather than antigens), although no one knows what the trigger is, or what causes RA. While the inflammation that characterizes rheumatoid arthritis can affect other areas of the body as well, including organs, it does tend to focus on the joints. Further, it tends to attack the body in a symmetrical fashion, so if you feel rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in one wrist, you will likely feel them in the other wrist as well, though this is not always the case. There are a number of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, including rheumatoid arthritis burning. This can occur largely in the hands and feet, although RA has been known to cause burning other places as well. RA can also cause other symptoms, such as:
- itchy eyes
- burning eyes
- eye discharge
- numbness/tingling in the extremities
- Sjorgren syndrome
- chest pain during inhalation
- loss of range of motion (after RA advances)
- joint deformation (after RA advances)
- bumps that form under the skin (after RA advances)
One of the issues with rheumatoid arthritis is that it often goes undetected for some time in its early stages. The first signs of RA can be as simple as slight morning stiffness and increased fatigue, which many people tend to ignore until it has advanced into something more serious. The earlier a patient knows that they have rheumatoid arthritis, the earlier they can start pursuing treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, which could even help to slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis pain. While rheumatoid arthritis pain management and rheumatoid arthritis pain relief are of paramount interest, it is at least equally important to attempt to treat the room of rheumatoid arthritis pain. If those who are fighting rheumatoid arthritis don't try to do more than treat the pain that they feel due to the illness, either through natural treatment for rheumatoid arthritis or more traditional treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, then they could progress to the point of joint deformation and decreased range of motion far faster than those who actively treat their condition.
There are a variety of different ways to approach rheumatoid arthritis treatment, but all manners of treatment should be taken seriously. First, many people try treating rheumatoid arthritis with at least one of a variety of medications, including DMARDs (disease modifying antirheumatic drugs), which can come with unfortunate side effects. These are usually paired with some variety of anti-inflammatory drug. Unfortunately, using many of the most popular anti-inflammatory drugs is not recommended over the long term. Other medications are available the treatment rheumatoid arthritis often requires, such as corticosteroids and biologic drugs. Some feel, however, that the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis varies from person to person, but almost always requires some degree of physical therapy and exercise.
Rheumatoid arthritis can strike any individual at any age, but is more likely hit middle aged women than anyone else, so if you fit this profile then increased vigilance may not be amiss. Regardless of age or gender, prolonged or unusual morning stiffness or fatigue is worth a visit to the doctor, just in case you do have rheumatoid arthritis. Should this actually be the case, then the fact that you caught the existence of RA early on could be a major help in slowing the swelling and degeneration of joints and tissue.