FAQ007: What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Most people don’t realize that there is actually about 30 different types of arthritis. One of these is rheumatoid arthritis or RA. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of whole body inflammatory arthritis. It is a chronic condition that affects more women than men. RA is considered an auto-immune condition. What that means is that your body is attacking itself when it shouldn’t. In this case it is affecting the joints, causing wear and tear that classifies under the arthritis category.

For persons who are suffering from RA, it can be very debilitating. It has flare ups and remissions.

Signs and Symptoms of RA

Like other types of arthritis, pain in the joints is one of the tell-tale signs of RA. However, unlike osteoarthritis, RA can move around and affect different joints at different times. It often affects the tiny joints in the hands and the feet.

Another hallmark sign of RA which can be just as disabling as the joint pain, is the tiredness and fatigue. This can be a result of some of the inflammation which one of the causes of RA.

One of the symptoms more commonly associated with RA as well is the deformities that can happen in the hands and feet. With the advances in medications and diagnosis of RA, these severe deformities are less common (thankfully!) and it allows persons with RA to live longer with full function in their hands.

I hope that you enjoy the video! Do you want to know the difference between OA and RA? Check out this video as well. Keep checking back because we upload more videos weekly!

Just like other joint conditions, continuing to exercise can help to alleviate some of the pain and fatigue that persons with RA commonly struggle with.

Check out our article that gives you the “How-To” guide for exercising with rheumatoid arthritis 

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