- 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
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- 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.
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