What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and swelling of the joints. The normal role of your body’s immune system is to fight off infections to keep you healthy. In an autoimmune disease, your immune system starts attacking your own healthy tissues. In RA, the immune system targets the lining of the joints, causing inflammation and joint damage. For more information about rheumatoid arthritis including:-
- What is rheumatoid arthritis?
- What are the symptoms?
- What causes it?
- How is it diagnosed?
- What will happen to me?
- Is there a cure for rheumatoid arthritis?
- What are the treatments for rheumatoid arthritis?
- What can I do?
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