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					Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammation of the joints. This
disease is categorized as an autoimmune disease because people suffering
from this condition have antibodies in their blood that target their own
body tissues. As a result, the joints are mistakenly attacked by the
body's own immune system. The condition is likely to occur in people
between the ages of 40 and 50. It is very common in the US and not less
than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with this disease. In fact, it is
the most common type of arthritis in the US. Women are more prone to
rheumatoid arthritis than men at a ratio of 3:1.Rheumatoid arthritis can
attack various organs and tissues in the human body. However, it mainly
attacks synovial joints in the hands, wrists, ankles, and knees. Common
arthritis symptoms include fever, weight loss, malaise, as well as muscle
ache and pain. People suffering from arthritis are also likely to
experience the feeling of tiredness, lack of sleep, the inability to use
the hand or walk properly, and difficulty in moving their joints
especially in the morning.Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include the ones
mentioned previously as well as other specific signs which differentiate
this type of arthritis from other types such as osteoarthritis and gouty
arthritis. Besides the above mentioned symptoms, people with this disease
will suffer from joint pain, joint stiffness, joint swelling and joint
tenderness. They will also feel warmness around the affected joints. The
pains are likely to occur symmetrically. For example, if you feel pain in
one knee, you will also feel pain in the other. The sufferers can also
find lumps under their skin, usually on the hands or elbows, which are
called the rheumatoid nodules. This type of arthritis can also cause
joint space narrowing and bone erosion as well. Other rheumatoid
arthritis symptoms also include anemia, increasing ESR (erythrocyte
sedimentation rate), ulnar deviation, rheumatoid factor, swan neck, and
hand deformity.Hand deformity is a common occurrence in people suffering
from this condition. Hand deformities in people with this disease occur
when ulnar deviation happens. Ulnar deviation is the condition when the
fingers deviate towards the ulna (the inner bone of the forearm). The
disease can also prevent the fingers from functioning properly due to
ruptured tendons. As mentioned before, rheumatoid arthritis is an
autoimmune disease, meaning that it can't be cured. However, surgery may
be helpful to correct deformities caused by this disease.

				
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