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What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis affects the joints and can cause damage throughout the body. Fortunately, there are treatments that can significantly reduce symptoms.

It’s best to get started with treatment early, and knowledge is power, so let’s explore everything you need to know about Rheumatoid Arthritis.

First Things First… What are the Symptoms?

In order to identify RA, you have to first know what you’re looking for. It’s important to keep in mind that there are periods of flares and remission. This means your symptoms will come and go. Just because it’s not constant doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem, and this is a big reason people wait for treatment. The following symptoms require prompt action:

  • Loss of the use of a joint
  • Swelling of a joint
  • Joint pain and/or stiffness

Different Types of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Many don’t realize that RA comes in three primary types. When you’re able to identify yours early on, it can help your doctor arrive at the best possible treatment plan.