What happens when the body’s immune system attacks normal joint tissues? It could be an autoimmune disease, known as Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) that causes joint inflammation. The symptoms of RA can appear in spells, with flares and remission appearing alternately.Inflammation can lead to other problems like stiffness, pain, redness and swelling and can even result in joints losing their shape. Rheumatoid Arthritis isn’t restricted just to the joints. In some cases, it may appear in the eyes, heart, lungs or even the blood. Here are some facts that you might like to know:
- Sometimes, genes play a vital role in influencing whether an individual will inherit RA
- While RA cannot spread virally, it can be triggered in someone who has inherited it
- The main symptoms are stiffness and inflammation, for more than one hour in the morning, which may be symmetrical on both sides of the body. Other symptoms can include fatigue and fever.
- A combination of blood tests (to measure your SED rate and rheumatoid factor) and x-rays will help to determine how far the RA has advanced.
- If RA is not treated at the right time, it can affect bone alignment and result in bone erosion
- Tendons may rupture due to inflammation
- Ligaments can be destroyed due to severe swelling
So, if you are facing difficulty getting up and walking about in the morning it may be time to schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor.