What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis develops when the body’s immune system starts attacking its own synovium which is a structure present in the membrane lining surrounding the joints. It leads to the inflammation of synovium making it thick in diameter, this then damages the lining of joints leading to swollen joints causing bone erosion. This may occur in a variety of joints including your hand, feet, cervical joints, knee, neck, jaw, back etc. The inflammation linked to it can also damage nearby body systems.
In early stages, rheumatoid arthritis mostly affects smaller joints, mainly the finger/hand joints and toe/feet joints. With the passage of time, the inflammation reaches our wrist and ankle.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
The signs & symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may come & go depending on the level of severity.
Few common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are mentioned ahead: