Rheumatoid Arthritis

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The Doctor looks up from the clipboard and says, “The test results show you have Rheumatoid Arthritis…”

For some, finding out they have Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a relief, finally an answer for the crippling pain.

For others, it’s a diagnosis without much hope.

RA affects roughly 1.5 million people in the United States. [1]

The disease is three times more prevalent in women than men.

For those of you who are living with RA or have a close friend or loved one affected by it you know how crippling it can be. RA, unlike osteoarthritis, is not caused by wear and tear – it’s actually a little more tricky, it’s an autoimmune disorder. Your body actually begins to attack your joints.

Normally, the immune system that’s supposed to protect you from foreign invaders, turns inward and attacks your own tissues and becomes an autoimmune issue…

My Immune System Attacks My Joints?

Yes, your immune system is waging war on your joints. But it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Joints are where two or more bones come together. There are several different types of joints but the ones affected by RA, the ones we will be talking about here, are Synovial Joints.

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