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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints. It usually results in painful and swollen joints. The stiffness and pain often worsen after a period of sitting or rest. Most commonly, the wrist and both the two hands are involved. 
Rheumatoid arthritis

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The disease may also affect other parts of the body and more severe cases may result in a low red blood cell count, inflammation around the lungs, and inflammation around the heart. Fever and low energy may also be present. Often, symptoms come on gradually over weeks to months.


Symptoms
• Joint pain
• Joint swelling
• Joint stiffness
• Loss of joint function


Treatment
• Medications
• Alternative or home remedies
• Dietary changes
• Specific types of exercises
• Support braces and aids to help reduce swelling and pain

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