What is RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS?
The specific cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not known. However, researchers do know it is the result of an autoimmune disorder. Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are triggered when a person’s antibodies attack the synovial joint fluid, causing chronic inflammation.
The most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include: Joint pain and stiffness. Joint swelling and redness. Symptoms affecting four or more joints, including the hands and fingers. Symptoms affecting both the left and right sides of the body. Morning stiffness lasting longer than 30 minutes. Symptoms lasting longer than six consecutive months.
WHAT TO DO
Reducing stress, keeping weight down and gentle exercise can help to alleviate symptoms.