Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms - Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms And Diagnosis

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        <p>Patients with autoimmune diseases have antibodies in their
blood that accidentally target their own body tissues, where they can be
associated with inflammation. Because it can affect multiple other organs
of the body, rheumatoid arthritis is referred to as a systemic illness
and is sometimes known by the term, rheumatoid disease. While rheumatoid
arthritis is a chronic illness, meaning it can last for several years,
patients may even experience long periods without symptoms. <br><br>The
symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis generally come and go, depending on the
degree of tissue inflammation. When body tissues are inflamed, the
disease is most likely to be active. When tissue inflammation subsides,
the disease becomes inactive. Remissions can occur spontaneously or even
with treatment and can last for weeks, months, or years. During
remissions, symptoms of the disease disappear, and patients generally
start to feel well. When the disease becomes active again which is a
relapse, symptoms return. The return of disease activity and symptoms is
known as a flare.</p>
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symptoms can include leading to fatigue, loss of energy, lack of
appetite, low-grade fever, muscle and joint aches, and also stiffness.
Muscle and joint stiffness are usually most noticeable in the morning and
after periods of a certain amount of inactivity. Arthritis is quite
common during disease flares. Also during flares, joints tend to become
red, swollen, painful, and tender. This occurs because the lining tissue
of the joint becomes inflamed, resulting in the production of an
excessive joint fluid or synovial fluid. The synovium also thickens with
the inflammation. <br><br>In rheumatoid arthritis, multiple joints are
usually inflamed in a symmetrical pattern where both sides of the body
are affected. The small joints of both the hands and wrists tend to be
involved. Simple tasks of daily living, such as turning door knobs and
opening jars, can become difficult while having flares. The small joints
of the feet are also usually drawn in. Occasionally, only one joint is
swollen. When only one joint is concerned, the arthritis can mimic the
joint swelling caused by other forms of arthritis, such as gout or joint
infection. <br><br>Chronic soreness can cause damage to body tissues,
including the cartilage and the bone. This leads to a loss of cartilage
and attrition and weakness of the bones as well as the muscles, resulting
in joint defect, destruction, and loss of function. Rarely, rheumatoid
arthritis can even affect the joint that is in charge for the tightening
of our vocal cords to change the tone of our voice, the cricoarytenoid
joint. When this joint is inflamed, it can cause roughness of the voice.
<br><br>Since rheumatoid arthritis is a universal disease, its
inflammation can influence organs and areas of the body other than the
joints. Swelling of the glands of the eyes and mouth can cause aridity of
these areas and is referred to as Sjogren's syndrome. Rheumatoid
inflammation of the lung lining leads to chest pain with deep breathing,
shortness of breath, or coughing. The lung tissue itself can also become
red-looking, scarred, and sometimes nodules of inflammation develop
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