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Rheumatoid Arthritis**
        
 
Arth- means joint and –itis means inflammation. Rheumatoid Arthritis involves inflammation in the lining of joints which causes warmth, low mobility, swelling and pain in the joints. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease of the immune system, the system that normally protects your body against foreign invaders such as bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Your immune system protects your body in many ways. One of the most basic is the use of inflammation-the increase of blood and immune cells to a threatened part of the body. Inflammation is your body's natural response when bosy had received tissue damage from injury or infection. In Rheumatoid Arthritis, the immune system attacks the lining of your joints. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis develops acutely within weeks or may take months to develop, affecting small joints of the body. The onset of the disease could be between the ages of 25 and 50 years old. Females are affected three times as compared to males. It often occurs later in life for men than women. However, anyone can get Rhematoid Arthritis, including children. When this occurs in children it is known as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA).

The symptoms and course of Rheumatoid Arthritis varies from patient to patient and the symptoms change day by day. Rheumatoid Arthritis could be mild in some people with periods of activity called flairs and in some people it is continuously active and gets worse over time. It can cause the patient to feel sick all over, especially during flairs. Some might develop rheumatoid nodules, which are lumps of tissue that form under the skin. Often these occur over boney areas exposed to pressure.
  
What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?
 
Potential Consequences Of Rheumatoid Arthritis
 
You can find more information about RheumatoidArthritis by clicking the link below:
http://www.rheumatology.org/public/factsheets/ra_new.asp?aud=pat
 
**PLEASE NOTE: THESE DISEASES ARE DEFINED FOR THE MERE UNDERSTANDING FOR THE PATIENTS. PLEASE DO NOT SELF DIAGNOSE YOURSELF. IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS, CALL THE DOCTORS OFFICE AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR CONSULTATION. WE DO NOT ENCOURAGE PATIENTS TO TAKE OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS FOR PAIN AND ANY OTHER RELATED SYMPTOMS. THIS OFFICE DOES NOT TAKE RESPOSIBILITY FOR ACCIDENTS OR INJURY DUE TO SELF DIAGNOSIS FROM THE ABOVE INFORMATION.