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Rheumatoid Arthritis, (RA), while less common than osteoarthritis, is a serious and painful joint disease. Rheumatoid arthritis affects about 2.1 million people in the U.S., most often women. The condition usually starts between the ages of 20 and 50, although it can begin at any age.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease in which the body's immune system attacks its own healthy tissues. This is called an autoimmune response. The disorder affects many organs throughout the body, but is most noted for its significant disability, deformity, and inflammation of the joints and other structures comprised of connective tissue.
RA can lead to crippling. It incapacitates the synovial tissue, which is the membrane that lines joints and secretes the lubricant that normally allows bones to move painlessly against other bones. With this condition, joints (most commonly the small joints of the hand) become tender, swollen, even deformed. Over time, the condition can also spread to other parts of the body.
The onset of RA symptoms can be slow with mild discomfort in the joints, morning stiffness, low-grade fever systemically or in the affected joints, and a gradual increase of symptoms. Or RA can strike quickly, and people can develop the disease seemingly overnight.
Night sweats, depression, lethargy, fatigue, low-grade fever, weakness, joint stiffness, and vague joint pain. These symptoms can lead to the appearance of painful, swollen joints within several weeks. RA may affect only one side of the body, but it is common for RA to strike the same joints on both sides of the body simultaneously - in the elbows, for instance. Later in the development of the disease, the affected joints become thicker and deformed.
There are natural cures for Rheumatoid Arthritis that do not involve the use of pharmaceutical drugs. These natural remedies involve restoring the biochemical balance of the body, and making dietary and lifestyle changes designed to improve one's general health.