Information About Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease that affects the joints, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. It often occurs in more than one joint and can affect any joint in the body. In addition to experiencing symptoms that affect the joints, people with RA may feel sick and tired and will sometimes experience fevers. This type of arthritis tends to be symmetrical; if one knee or hand is affected, the other usually is, too.
Some people have symptoms for a short period of time, and then the symptoms disappear without causing any damage. Other people have episodes when the symptoms get worse (flares) and when they get better (remissions). In its most severe form, RA can cause serious joint damage and last a lifetime.
(To read the full-length article, click Rheumatoid Arthritis. This article includes information about what may cause the disease, how to improve your symptoms, and more.)