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Types of Pain and Problems

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease (where one’s immune system attacks its own body). The body’s immune system attacks the fluid that surrounds the joints of the body. Typically, rheumatoid arthritis affects multiple joints. Usually, smaller joints are affected first and symptoms are worse in the morning. The joints usually feel painful to touch and may be swollen. Your health care provider will be able to diagnose this condition with a thorough examination. Certain tests may be performed for further diagnostic purposes. For example, a blood test is completed to check for antibodies. This is what determines if the immune system is attacking the body’s joints. There are various treatment options that include: rest, heat/cold therapy, medications, and injections.