Rheumatoid arthritis (A) is a chronic disease of the joint that damages the joints. The damage is a result of inflammation of the joint lining tissue.
The actual cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not identified. The activity of the immune system is abnormal in rheumatoid arthritis. In RA the factors that alter the activity of the immune system include:
The usual joint symptoms of RA besides pain include the following:
A comprehensive history regarding your signs and symptoms like pain, stiffness and physical examination can help to diagnose the cause of your symptoms. The diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis cannot be confirmed by any single test. Your doctor will usually ask for lab tests and imaging studies such as X-rays to verify if you have rheumatoid arthritis.
Your doctor may suggest blood tests such as
Your doctor may suggest imaging studies such as
Both medications and nondrug approaches are important for treatment of pain in rheumatoid arthritis.
Nondrug approaches for rheumatoid arthritis include the following:
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