Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects more than just joints, it can damage 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 disease progresses the symptoms spread to your wrists, knees, ankles, elbows, hips and shoulders. Over time disease causes joints to deform and shirt out of place.
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS SYMPTOMS:
Rheumatoid arthritis can affect other bodily 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.