What is RHEUMA­TOID ARTHRI­TIS?

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - HEALTH -

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.

SYMP­TOMS

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.

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