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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic disease that centers on the joints. As you age, the joints naturally begin to degenerate to some degree. With arthritis, the joints also become inflamed and painful. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are more than 100 types of the disease. Two of the most commonly seen types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid.

Symptoms

The symptoms of osteoarthritis develop slowly over several months or years. The major joints like the knees, hips, fingers and spinal column are affected. The most common symptom is pain that intensifies during movement and exercise. Stiffness in the morning occurs frequently, but the joints will loosen up a bit as the day goes on. In severe osteoarthritis, complete mobility may be compromised and you may feel sharp shooting pains.

The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis center around joint pain and stiffness, especially upon rising in the morning. Pain may be felt in the hands, wrists, knees and feet. You may also experience swelling, fatigue, weakness, weight loss and a low fever.

Causes

Osteoarthritis is caused primarily by age and injury. The exact cause behind this disease is not completely understood yet.

Rheumatoid arthritis is caused when the antibodies in the immune system attack the joints and even the organs. The underlying cause has not been discovered yet.

Cautions

If you have any side effects or interactions from your herbal remedies with your prescription medication, tell your physician immediately. If your arthritis continues to worsen, seek medical attention.

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