Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects more than just joints, it can damage a variety of body systems such as; skin, eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. It occurs when your immune system attacks its own body’s tissues.
Unlike osteoarthritis, it affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that results in bone erosion and joint deformity. As the disease progresses the symptoms spread to your wrists, knees, ankles, elbows, hips, and shoulders. Over time disease causes joints to deform and shift out of place.
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS SYMPTOMS:
Rheumatoid arthritis can affect other body structures such as Skin, Eyes, Lungs, Heart, Kidneys, Salivary glands, Nerve tissue, Bone marrow, and Blood vessels.
Rheumatoid arthritis also increases your risk of developing the following: Osteoporosis, Infections, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Heart problems, Lung disease, Lymphoma, and more.