Rheumatoid Arthritis

Written by James Lyons
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Rheumatoid arthritis is considered the most debilitating and disabling form of arthritis. Currently, over two million people in the United States alone suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. This form of arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks normal, often healthy tissue components as if they were harmful, invading pathogens.

Approximately one percent of the entire world's population suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. That means one out of every 100 people on this planet has some form of rheumatoid arthritis. This debilitating disease can lead to the complete deformation of joints if it isn't properly taken care of. Because of rising health care costs and an increase in the number of uninsured and underinsured people, more and more people with this form of arthritis are choosing to ignore it.

Go to the Doctor, Please!

That's unfortunate because this disease can literally confine people to their beds, dramatically reducing their quality of life. Rheumatoid arthritis usually generates over a period of months, but there have been cases of it emerging overnight. The feet and hands are the two most common areas attacked by rheumatoid arthritis, but all joints in the human body are vulnerable.

How do you know if you have rheumatoid arthritis? Well, there's no real way to tell without a professional examination, but there are some things you can look out for. If you experience any joint swelling in the hands and feet, you should consult a doctor or a specialist. If you experience stiffness or general pain, especially in the hands and/or feet, you should have it checked out. If you catch it early, you can retard its development, reduce potential complications, and continue living a normal life.

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