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Rheumatoid arthritis overview

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a lifelong chronic disease that causes inflammation, swelling, and pain in the joints. RA symptoms can last for many years and are often accompanied by fatigue and a general sense of feeling unwell. RA tends to affect joints in symmetrical patterns; in other words, if one elbow is affected the other one usually is too.

As someone with RA, you aren't alone. About 1.5 million people in the United States share your condition. It affects people of all races and ethnicities. Women tend to develop it much more often than men. No one knows the exact cause of RA, but it's likely that it develops through a combination of factors related to your immune system, and researchers are working to better understand it and how those factors interact.

Living with rheumatoid arthritis

As you know, RA can make it difficult to perform many day-to-day activities like showering, getting dressed, doing chores, walking short distances, and running simple errands. The impact and degree of difficulty vary from person to person. If you have moderate RA, you may experience extended periods when you are symptom free and then have periods when your symptoms worsen. If you have a more severe form, your RA is active most of the time. Fortunately, with medical treatment and regular physical activity, the pain and stiffness caused by RA can be reduced for many patients.

How rheumatoid arthritis progresses

How RA progresses varies from person to person. But for most people, it can worsen over time if it isn't managed appropriately. If your RA is not controlled or you do not respond well to treatment, you may experience joint damage, joint pain, stiffness, and fatigue. When that happens, ongoing inflammation slowly weakens and erodes the cartilage and bone at the joints. This ongoing joint damage may lead to deformity and potential loss of function of the joints. Unfortunately, once joint damage has occurred, it cannot be reversed, even if the RA becomes inactive.

Research shows that joint damage usually begins in the first 2 years that a person has RA. For this reason, experts on RA recommend getting active RA under control as early as possible. Studies also show that treatment with certain types of drugs can often slow or prevent joint damage. These drugs are known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, or DMARDs.

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