Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition, which occurs when the immune system mistakenly recognizes tissues and organs as foreign invaders and attacks them. Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by chronic inflammation of the lining of the joints, but it can also affect the blood vessels, heart, lungs, skin, and eyes. The condition may result in joint deformity and bone erosion. Medications are available to treat inflammation before it can damage other areas of the body.
The primary symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include stiff, swollen, warm or tender joints, which usually occurs first thing in the morning or after periods of inactivity. Other symptoms include weight loss, fever, and fatigue. Early stages of rheumatoid arthritis tend to affect small joints first, such as the joints in the feet and hands. Use Penetrex Pain Relief Therapy to reduce symptoms. Inflammation can later spread to larger joints as the disease progresses such as wrists, knees, ankles, hips, shoulders, and elbows.