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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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Overview
Causes
Diagnosis
Media Stories
Personal Stories
Prevention
RA in Overlap
Support
Symptoms and Complications
Treatments

Overview

Rheumatoid Arthritis KaleidoscopeRheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that primarily affects the joints.

However, it may also cause anemia, eye inflammation, heart attacks, heart failure, myocarditis, pericarditis, pleurisy, vasculitis, shortness of breath, skin ulcers, stomach ulcers, strokes, and neuropathies (numbness and tingling).

Rheumatoid Arthritis MedicineNet.

Sedentary behaviour (SB) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA): definition, measurement and implications for health. The aim of this narrative review is to provide an overview of the definition, measurement and health relevance of SB in the context of RA. PubMed, Rheumatology (Oxford), 04/07/2017.

Causes

Overview
Antibodies
Environmental Exposures
Fibroblasts
Genetics
Gut Bacteria
Lifestyle
Sleep Disorders

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is generally diagnosed and treated by rheumatologists, in most countries. ISN.

Overview Antibodies

Media Articles

The Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation throughout the body, and some studies have shown benefits for heart health, brain function and diabetes. Arthritis Foundation, 07/29/2015.

Personal Stories

Rheumatoid Arthritis Personal Stories. These personal stories are from people who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or who have been nearly diagnosed, or misdiagnosed with it; as well as those who have RA in overlap with other autoimmune diseases. ISN. (Also see Difficult Diagnosis)

Prevention

Rheumatoid Arthritis Self-care. Self care, or self management, means taking a proactive role in treatment and maintaining a good quality of life. Here are some ways you can manage RA symptoms (along with recommended medication) and promote overall health.Arthritis Foundation.

Incidence of chronic persistent rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the impact of smoking. The incidence of chronic persistent RA is lower than the figures reported in inception cohorts and smoking duration, but not intensity and doubled the risk of RA after 20 years of smoking in both sexes. PubMed, Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken), 07/07/2016.

Rheumatoid Arthritis in Overlap

Rheumatoid Arthritis in Overlap is when RA is found with other autoimmune diseases or chronic illness. RA is often found in overlap with other connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma, lupus, and polymyositis/dermatomyositis. It can also be found with other diseases such as thyroiditis, fibromyalgia, and sjogren's. ISN.

Support for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Experiences of Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis. The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences and support needs of adult patients living with Rheumatoid arthritis and provided insights into the experiences and support needs of patients. Sage Journals, Clin Nurs Res, 02/09/2016.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Although rheumatoid arthritis is often thought of as a disease that affects only the joints, it is actually a systemic disease, which means that it can affect nearly any part of the body. ISN.

Overview
Cardiac
Eyes
Fatigue
Joints
—Bone Density
—Swan Neck Deformity
Neuropathy
Psychological
Pulmonary
Renal
Vascular
Complications

Treatments

Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis include medications such as immunosuppressants and biologics, alternative therapies and supplements, and exercise. ISN.

Overview
Alternative Therapies
Exercise
Medications
Surgery
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