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5 Common Types of Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues of the joints rather than foreign invaders. Women are at a much higher risk of developing this condition than men. Some typical symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include joint pain and morning stiffness, often in the same area on both sides of the body. Over time, joint deformities would occur. If left untreated, it would lead to many complications in other areas, such as skin, eyes, lungs, and heart. There is no single test to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. Instead, your doctor might need to do a physical exam, take your medical history, and then perform some imaging tests. The goal is to check for systemic inflammation and autoimmune reaction. [2]