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Rheumatoid Arthritis

By Charmaine Mae Lewis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, multi system, and inflammatory autoimmune disorder which will bring on an attack to the joints. It’s a very crippling and painful condition that may cause loss of mobility to the pain and joint damage. Rheumatoid arthritis is systemic and will also affect different tissues through the body, skin, blood vessels, heart, lungs and muscles. Rheumatoid arthritis will affect anyone between the ages of 20 and 40 and can begin anytime. A family history is essential to the risk. It is 3 times more common in women than in men and up to four times more typical in smokers than non-smokers.

The symptoms will separate rheumatoid arthritis from other kinds of arthritis because of the inflammation and soft tissue swelling of many joints at the same time. This is known as polyarthritis. The joints are generally impacted asymmetrically and then will go on to the symmetrical portion as the disease goes on. It isn’t like the other forms of arthritis like osteoarthrits because the pain will move with the use of the joints which are affected.

As the illness progresses, the inflammatory activity will cause the erosion and destruction of the joints which will impair their range of movement and cause some deformity. The fingers and also the bones will deviate to the outside and towards the small finger and take on abnormal shapes. Having deformities in patients who are dealing with rheumatoid arthritis will encounter the Boutonnire deformity, the swan neck deformity, and the “Z-thumb” deformity.

Because rheumatoid arthritis is a multisystem disease, other disease and conditions might form as a result of it. Most of the individuals that have rheumatoid arthritis will also have anemia. Anemia is really a issue of the red blood cells simply because there are not enough of them and or the hemoglobin and this will cause the lower capability of oxygen to be taken to the tissues. It’s a chronic illness and many will suffer from it and splenomegaly or the enlarging of the spleen.

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MLA Style Citation:
Lewis, Charmaine M. "Rheumatoid Arthritis." Rheumatoid Arthritis. 1 Jul. 2010. 20 Jul 2014 <>.

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Lewis, C (2010, July 1). Rheumatoid Arthritis. Retrieved July 20, 2014, from

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Lewis, Charmaine M. "Rheumatoid Arthritis"

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