Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto immune disease. This is characterized by inflammation in the lining of the joints and only affects 1 to 2% of the population. This disease often begins with middle aged individuals and is more common in women than men; however, do not be fooled… Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can also develop in children and young adults.
Rheumatoid arthritis may be especially serious for children because of deformities that persist throughout life. A severe form of rheumatic arthritis in childhood is known as " ;Still’s disease." ; Another form of rheumatoid arthritis is associated with psoriasis. There are arthritic manifestations that affect women in the climacteric.
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Early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can be hard to assess, because the symptoms may go in and out of remission providing a problem for your healthcare provider. Keeping a journal of symptoms may help your doctor to better diagnose the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Rheumatoid arthritis research vessels
Some research concerning the early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis has been carried out in hopes of finding early warning signs of the disease in the bloodstream. As the disease progresses, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms sometimes worsen to the extent of joint deformity.
Question for someone familiar with ARTHRITIS?I'm writing a paper about arthritis, and I'm trying to list and describe the different types of arthritis. Aside from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which all my research agrees are forms of arthritis, different sources list other diseases – such as gout, Lupus, Lyme, the spondyloarthropathies, polymyalgia, vasculitis, and many more – as either "arthritis imposters" or "diseases which also cause arthritis." Which is it, or is it both, or are some one and some the other? Can you recommend one or more sources that will list the types of arthritis and make clear what is arthritis and what is not? (I've tried googling, and that's where I got my confusion!) This is due in just a few days, so thanks!
I am not a doctor, but I work in a field that these disorders are often diagnosed, so I know quite a bit about them, and various types of injuries. Arthritis in and of itself is a term that describes a "symptom" and not the actual disease. Arthritis literally means inflammation of a joint. The Greek word for "joint" is "arthron" and the suffix, "itis" literally means "inflammation," hence "arthritis" literally means "joint inflammation." Basically, many diseases can cause inflammation, land many diseases can also affect joints. Like Lupus actually affects many organs, but joints can also be affected. Many of the diseases that cause inflammation are auto-immune diseases, but some could be caused by injury, pathological diseases, such as Lyme disease, or even diet, so there can be many many joint inflammation problems. Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis are just the most common joint diseases that many people are more familiar with. Osteoarthritis is usually due to constant wear and tear of a joint that causes it to get irritated over time, and end up with chronic inflammation, which usually affects older people, whereas Rheumatoid arthritis is believed to be an autoimmune disorder that can affect the young and old, and is believed to stem from genetic as well as environmental causes, which is still largely unknown. It is just that the immune system attacks the joints for some reason, possibly due to an overactive immune system thinking that there is a foreign invader it doesn't recognize, when there isn't. Gout is a disease that is believed to have some autoimmune pathology as well, as it tends to affect certain populations more than others, however, people who consume poor diets high in sugar are at increase risk of getting it, especially if they have a genetic predisposition. Apparently, gout is caused by an abnormal level of uric acid in the body, but it is unknown why some people create so much more uric acid than others, even if they do eat a healthy diet. Vasculitis is not arthritis at all though. Vasculitis is inflammation of the vascular system, which is inflammation of your blood vessels, so although you could have vasculitis symptoms along with arthritis symptoms, there is probably an underlying disease or condition that would be causing both forms of inflammation, if somebody had both. And spondylosis, is actually just a form of osteoarthritis, but the disease tends to target the spinal column more, and because there are so many other things affected when the spine deteriorates, like nerve endings and muscles, it can cause nerve pain, and muscle pain, as well as weakness or tingling. "Algia"is a root word that literally means "pain" so any "algia" disorder may not have swelling and inflammation, but there may still be pain. Myalgia just means "muscle pain" so there can be lots of underlying causes for myalgia as well. And although you did not mention it, there is also "Neuralgia" which means "nerve pain" which also can affect joints if the nerves have been damaged or are just overactive for whatever reason. Fibromyalgia is also one you didn't mention, and "fibro" literally means "tissue" so it is a general symptom name for having tissue and muscle pain all over your body. Fibromyalgia is usually a disorder that is diagnosed after all other underlying conditions that it was thought to possibly be, were ruled out, however, now it has become more likely, that fibromyalgia is actually more related to overactive nerves, so although the disorder was named fibromyalgia when it first became in use, it probably would be more technically correct to have called the condition, "Fibroneuralgia." Hope that I could have been some help. Just remember, that all the terms have root words to help you sort out what body organ/system they affect, and the symptom they cause. And their causes are usually going to be caused by either internal causes or external causes.
Eisbar is totally correct but I'm not sure the answer given, answers your questions. So: Arthritis is inflammation of a joint (or more often, of multiple joints). Some conditions cause arthritis only some of the time- like gout, lupus, and lyme disease. They do really cause arthritis. They are not imposters in the sense that they don't cause arthritis, but that in people may think they are nothing but arthritis, and they're not.
arthritis.org fibromylagia causes muscle pain..so the name still fits…. fibro means FIBROUS tissue (ligaments and tendons are fibrous connective tissue) my means muscle algia means pain
Swollen, painful, tender and stiff joints are generally associated with rheumatoid arthritis. They are more or less symmetrically affected, I.e. the same joints on the two sides and all over the body like the hands, elbows, knees, hands and the wrists.
Joint stiffness in the morning or after long periods of lethargy. The stiffness may last about an hour or may take a few hours to go. Bumps or nodules appearing over the pressure points in the body like the knuckles, elbows, lower leg bones, and spine. They may range in size from a pea to a mothball and develop in around one-third of people having rheumatoid arthritis.
Some less common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include: inflammation of the lining around the heart and lungs, inflammation of the tear and salivary glands, and in rare cases, general inflammation of the lungs and blood vessels. While the early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are limited to the joints, other systems of the body may likewise be affected, especially if it isn’t treated.
So there is simply no reason not to seek treatment. If you believe that you’re experiencing a number of the common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, then set up an appointment with your healthcare provider and discuss your symptoms. Early and aggressive treatment is the better plan of attack when you try to get hold of this disease.
Cox-2 inhibitors have also served to treat the common symptoms for rheumatoid arthritis. However, some have dangerous side effects and may increase the likelihood of heart attack and stroke. The early symptoms for rheumatoid arthritis may be considered with corticosteroids, but these aren’t used for long term care, because they become ineffective and may result in thinning of the castanets, weight gain and diabetes.