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rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, autoimmune disease, characterized by painful and stiff joints.  These joints may become enlarged and deformed.


Symptoms may include:


  • inflammation and painful joints
  • stiff joints
  • enlarged/deformed joints
  • locked joints (joints that lock in one position)
  • cysts behind the knees
  • hard nodules (bumps) under the skin
  • low-grade fever
  • inflamed blood vessels
  • inflamed membranes around the lungs
  • the sac around the heart
  • inflammation and scarring of the lungs
  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing
  • abnormal heart function
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • dry eyes and mouth
  • eye inflammation

The exact cause unknown.


Treatments may include:


  • diet
  • rest
  • medication
  • exercise
  • physical therapy
  • hot or cold application to the joints
  • surgery

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