Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease which can cause chronic inflammation of the joints and other areas of the body. It is a serious disease that attacks the joints and other body parts.
Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis:
- The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis, it's thought that it may result from a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Some researchers believe an infection with a bacteria or virus can trigger the development of rheumatoid arthritis in someone who's genetically susceptible.
- Several auto antibodies including Rheumatoid Factor(RF) and anti-CCP antibodies are associated with RA
- Additionally, endocrinologic and reproductive factors may also contribute to the development of RA
SYMPTOMS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis come and go, depending on the degree of tissue inflammation. When body tissues are inflamed, the disease is active. When tissue inflammation subsides, the disease is inactive (in remission). Common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are as below:
- Joint swelling and pain
- Morning joint stiffness
- Poor sleep
- Loss of weight
- A feeling of having the like symptoms