Characterized by joint disease, this chronic illness involves muscles, membrane linings of the joints, cartilage as well as the eyes and blood vessels. It occurs between the ages 20 and 60 and is 3 times more common in women than men.
Causes of Arthritis, Rheumatoid
The cause of Rheumatoid arthritis is thought to be an autoimmune disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Symptoms include the slow or sudden onset of: redness, pain, warmth and tenderness in any or all active joints in the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, feet and ankles. There is usually morning stiffness, low-grade fever, and sometimes nodules under the skin. Dry , red eyes may occur.
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