This chronic condition affects mostly the joints on your hands and feet. It is a chronic inflammatory disorder and occurs rather commonly across the globe. Unfortunately, this condition has no cure but treatments tend to help. The condition can last for a few days to few years and in rare cases for life.
This condition occurs because of the immune system attacking its own cells and tissues, mostly in the joints. In serious cases it can even affect internal organs.
In general, rheumatoid arthritis affects the linings of the joints causing them to swell up. If left unchecked for longer durations, the inflammation can lead to joint deformity and bone erosion.
While no permanent cure exists for this condition, through medication and physical therapy, the disease can be slowed down and ultimately regressed. In mild cases, the use of NSAIDs will keep inflammation at bay.
While the condition can affect just about anyone, it is most prevalent in the age groups of 19 to 60 plus.
Specific Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Pain in the muscles, joints and back areas.
- Joints can feel weak, tender, swelled or stiff.
- The entire body suffers from malaise, fatigue or anemia.
- Skin can turn red or show lumps.
- Fingers may swell or bump.
- More common symptoms include dry mouth, pain akin to that of pins and needles.