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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects around 297,600 people in the UK, according to Arthritis research UK. BootsWebMD answers your frequently asked questions about rheumatoid arthritis.
Gout is a common form of arthritis where crystals form in and around joints causing pain, swelling and redness. It is the body's reaction to irritating crystal deposits in the joints.
With arthritis, the simplest tasks can seem difficult, especially when they involve preparing and eating meals.
Reactive arthritis causes redness, swelling and inflammation in places around the body, including the joints, eyes and the urethra – the tube that takes urine out of the body.
Laboratory tests are part of an assessment a doctor will make to help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. Learn about the various tests here.
Psoriatic arthritis often causes inflammation of the knees, ankles and joints in the feet and hands but it may affect any joint in the body.
Rheumatoid arthritis causes pain and swelling in the joints, including the hands, feet and wrists.
Rheumatoid arthritis of the hip can cause symptoms including pain, stiffness and swelling.
Rheumatoid arthritis of the hand and fingers causes swelling, stiffness, joint damage and deformity.
Rheumatoid arthritis of the knee causes the joints to become tender or painful, stiff, warm and swollen.
Rheumatoid nodules are firm, flesh-coloured lumps that grow under the skin close to joints.
Vasculitis is inflammation of blood vessels, which can cause complications, including blocking the flow of blood to parts of the body.
Rheumatoid arthritis is most common between the ages of 40 and 70, when people have a lot of living to do. Daily life and future plans suddenly have to include a chronic illness that's as unwelcome as it is unpredictable.
Lupus is an autoimmune condition that affects the body's defences against illnesses and infections.
In some cases surgery may be recommended for joint damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
Sjögren's syndrome is a chronic disorder that causes insufficient moisture production in certain glands of the body.
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include swollen, stiff and painful joints along with tiredness.
It's perfectly possible to have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and become pregnant. Fertility is unlikely to be affected by the condition.
Learn more about natural and complementary treatments for rheumatoid arthritis
Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis has the aim of reducing inflammation, reducing pain, maintaining mobility of the joints and slowing the progression of the disease.
Lasting joint damage is possible from rheumatoid arthritis and in addition swelling weakens ligaments, tendons and muscles around a joint that also contributes to joint damage.
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