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Helpful information about RA

Helpful information about RA RA is an inflammatory poly-arthritis (affects 5 or more joints). RA is an autoimmune disorder. There are well over 80 disorders in this category including diabetes, lupus and multiple sclerosis. With an autoimmune disorder, the body sees its own cells as foreign bodies. The body’s defense system goes on attack. In RA the membrane (synovium) lining the joints become thickened. Inflammation, swelling, serious pain and stiffness result. RA is a systemic disorder. It affects more than the joints. With release of certain chemicals into the bloodstream, extreme fatigue is common. A low grade fever can be present suggesting inflammation. RA can affect many places in the body. Joint damage  can occur quickly. Once the joints are damaged, deformity and pain can last a lifetime. The goal of aggressive treatment is to avoid joint damage while at the same time relieving pain. RA presents differently in different people. Onset may be sudden and affect many joints. It may sneak up on you by starting in a small joint in fingers or toes. …