Are you a patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis ?
Living with rheumatoid arthritis can pose great challenges to your daily activity. Being proactive with treatment and donating to research can be a beneficial addition to your routine management. Participating in Research helps scientist and clinicians find new treatments, tests and quicker diagnostic methods to improve patient outcomes and hopefully prevent the disease in the future. You can Help! Become a rheumatoid arthritis donor with PPA!
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues and affects the lining of your joints, causing swelling and fluid retention.
Signs and symptoms may include:
- Tender, warm, swollen joints
- Morning stiffness that may last for hours
- Firm bumps of tissue under the skin on your arms (rheumatoid nodules)
- Fatigue, fever and weight loss
Although there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, medication may help alleviate inflammation. Use NSAIDs, steroids, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) with caution and only at the discretion of your physician, as potential side effects may be serious.
(Mayo Clinic 2015)