Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune condition that starts when your immune system starts to attack your body’s own tissues, for RA specifically this means targeting the synovium. Synovium is the thin layer of tissue that lines your joints.
- Stiffness in your joints that make them harder to use or not move as well as it should for hours at a time, usually in the morning.
- Swelling in the joints caused by fluid. Joints will appear puffy and tender.
- Pain in the joints, whether they are being moved or not, caused by inflammation inside the joint.
- Joints may appear to have redness and be warm all related to inflammation.
- Outside of your joints, you may feel fatigue, muscle aches, poor appetite, depression or malaise (feeling bad al over).
While doctors don’t currently know what exactly causes RA they do know that age, family history, environment, obesity, and smoking have been known to increase your risk. If you have been experiencing symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, the healthcare providers at Bond Clinic would be glad to assist you. Schedule your appointment today.