What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
(Also called: RA, atrophic arthritis)
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that tends to affect all of the joints of the body. Specifically, it affects a couple of inflammatory mediators – interleukin 6, interleukin 12 , tumor necrosis factor alpha. These things are hyper-inflammatory cytokines that go and and attack your own body. So what can happen is that your hands can end up turning out – you can’t pick up your kid anymore. You can’t take the cap off the pickle jar. You can’t open doors. Everything becomes a stretch, even to the point where your joints can break down so much that your spine can actually fuse and create life-long back pain.
– Dr. Goodbinder
Signs & Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Pain in the back, joints or muscles
- Bumps on your hands or swelling of the hands
- Joint stiffness, swelling, tenderness or weakness
- Anemia, fatigue or malaise
- Difficulty in healing from injury
- Numbness or tingling sensation in the hands
- Pairs of achy joints, or achy joints that last longer than a week.