Rheumatoid Arthritis

Cameron Mews

Symptoms

  • Pain and stiffness lasting for more than 1 hour in the morning or after a long rest
  • Joint inflammation in the joints closest to the hand, such as wrist and fingers, although the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, ankles, and feet
  • Patterns of inflammation, meaning both sides of the body are usually affected at the same time
  • Fatigue, an occasional fever, and a general sense of not feeling well

Treatment

  • Aspirin
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Exercise
  • Rest

Causes

  • Genetic - Certain genes play a role in the immune system for some people
  • Environmental. In people who have inherited a genetic tendency for the disease, It can be triggered by an infection. However, it is not contagious
  • It can be in both young and old

Definition - A form of arthritis in which the membrane surrounding a joint becomes inflamed.

Cites

"Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms and Causes | Information about Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis." Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms and Causes | Information about Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2013.