Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. This autoimmune disease has several special features that make it different from other kinds of arthritis. For example, it generally occurs in a symmetrical pattern, meaning that if one knee or hand is involved, the other one also is. In addition to having joint problems, people with rheumatoid arthritis may have fatigue, occasional fevers, and a general sense of not feeling well.
 
The symptoms and course of rheumatoid arthritis can vary. For some people, the condition is temporary and goes away without causing noticeable damage. Others may have a severe form of the disease that lasts a lifetime and can lead to serious joint damage and disability.
 
(Click Rheumatoid Arthritis for more facts about this condition, including how many people in the United States have it.)
 

Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis

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