Rheumatoid Arthritis

The health condition known as rheumatoid arthritis is confusing to many people. It is not the same as the regular arthritic condition many older people may sometimes get.

Instead, it is a condition where the joints are attacked by the person's own immune system. The antibodies turn on the joints, creating damage that can be severe enough to cause the person to require a joint replacement.

This internal attack is easily set off by stress, sometimes certain foods and sometimes for absolutely no reason.

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Early symptoms may include: fatigue, loss of appetite, morning stiffness, muscle aches and weakness.

Joints can become warm or hot and swollen from the inflammation inside the joints.

Many sufferers have other symptoms sch as anemia, eye burning and discharge, limited range of motion, a low grade fever, paleness and numbness or tingling.

Although there is no cure at this time, there there are several medications that can alleviate or lessen the symptoms to make life bearable.

Enbrel®, Humira®, and Remicade® and ORENCIA® are four of the TNF blockers used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

On these or other RA treatments, you ight have a higher chance of getting a serious infections or other side effects. However, if taken properly one of these medications may provide you with the relief you need to enjoy your life.

Due to the high cost of these medications, if you are in need of taking any of these medications and are not covered by insurance, check their websites for help with medical costs.

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