Do you have rheumatoid arthritis or know someone who does? Use these self-care tips to manage symptoms and reduce pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning that it causes the body to attack itself. The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, but its symptoms are recognizable. Inflammation, swelling, redness, and pain can occur in parts of the body like the ankles, back, elbows, feet, hips, knees, shoulders, wrists, and hands.
Rheumatoid arthritis has no cure, but treatment can reduce pain and help prevent further damage to the joints. Learn more about rheumatoid arthritis and how to manage it below.
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can include regular or prolonged redness, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. Areas of the body affected by arthritis are usually painful. Symptoms can come and go and be mild or intense. An episode of intense symptoms of arthritis is called a flare.
Signs of rheumatoid arthritis include:
Fatigue, loss of appetite, and fever can also be signs of rheumatoid arthritis.
Although your doctor is the best person to talk to about how to manage your arthritis, you can help reduce pain and other symptoms with these self-care methods.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis or think that you might, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider. S/he may be able to recommend a support group or pain clinic where you can go. Medicine can also help you manage symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, so ask your doctor if a prescription is right for you.
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