Common Symptoms of Rhematoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis, referred to as RA is an autoimmune disease. It is a chronic disease causing inflammation of the tissue that surrounds the joints. The inflammation releases a chemical that can damage the cartilage that cushions joints and bones. Joint stiffness, inflammation, pain and decreased mobility are all common for patients suffering from RA. Although RA can affect any joint in the body, most often patients experience issues with the smallest joints including feet and hands. RA has also been known to have an impact on a patient’s internal organs. As rheumatoid arthritis progresses, joints can become permanently damaged and misshapen. Also if a patient develops RA in one area of the body such as a knee, they typically will develop RA in the other knee.