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Rheumatoid arthritis

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Introduction
Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints. Hands, feet and wrists are commonly affected.
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis usually develop gradually. The first symptoms are often felt in small joints, such as your fingers and toes.
Causes of rheumatoid arthritis
The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown. We know how the condition attacks the joints, but it is not yet known what triggers the initial attack.
Diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis can be difficult to diagnose because there are many conditions that cause joint stiffness and inflammation.
Rheumatoid arthritis - Treatment
The aim of rheumatoid arthritis treatment is to reduce inflammation in the joints, relieve pain, prevent or slow joint damage and reduce disability.
Complications of rheumatoid arthritis
Having rheumatoid arthritis can put you at a higher risk of developing other conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendon inflammation.
Living with rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis can be life-changing. You may need long-term treatment to control your symptoms and reduce joint damage.
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