What Are Common Symptoms and Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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As an autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis is both painful and difficult to diagnose, especially during the early stages. Part of the problem is that various other diseases, such as lupus and fibromyalgia, can be mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis and are difficult to diagnose themselves. The right diagnosis is critical for developing the best long-term treatment plan for any autoimmune disease. Like other diseases in this group, rheumatoid arthritis can be successfully managed, but it doesn’t have a cure.

Approximately 1.3 million Americans have rheumatoid arthritis, and about 75% of them are women. However, anyone could develop the disease, but some people do have certain risk factors that put them at greater risk than others. Additionally, the disease can attack critical organs and not just the joints. It’s important to learn the signs and symptoms that could warn you of the disease, so treatment can begin early.