Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that often affects the small joints in the hands and feet. It can be excruciatingly painful because it affects the lining of the joints, unlike the damage which is caused by osteoarthritis (usually shortened to arthritis.)
Most people are unaware that rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder—it occurs when a person’s body mistakenly attacks its own body tissues. Due to the way that rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of the joints; painful swelling occurs that can ultimately lead to bone erosion and joint deformity.
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can include:
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling
- Red and puffy hands
- Morning stiffness that can last for hours
- Weight Loss
Early rheumatoid arthritis is typically noticed in the small joints in the hands and feet, as mentioned above, but it can quickly progress to the shoulders, elbows, knees, hips, and other parts of the body. Rheumatoid arthritis can eventually cause joint damage that is irreversible, debilitating, and disfiguring. There is no official cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but treatment options are available that may help control the pain related to the condition.
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms may come and go, but if you are experiencing persistent discomfort and swelling which you fear may be rheumatoid arthritis you should make an appointment to visit your doctor.
Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, we understand the pain and suffering that someone living with rheumatoid arthritis must endure on a daily basis. We are comprised of cancer survivors, survivor spouses, and we are doing our part to spread awareness of all causes that matter, including rheumatoid arthritis. Our wide selection of rheumatoid arthritis apparel and gifts is constantly being updated, and the following shirts are some of our popular designs:
The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.