10 Signs You May Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Rheumatoid arthritis or RA, is an autoimmune disease that causes joints in the body to become swollen, inflamed and painful. Autoimmune diseases are one of the great mysteries of medicine that remain unsolved and although many of them are treatable, for the most part, there are no cures. RA can strike at any age, but most commonly occurs in middle age. The disease can be debilitating, depending on how severe it is and how effectively it can be treated. These are the most common signs and symptoms that may signal the onset of rheumatoid arthritis.

1. Injuries That Don’t Heal

It’s not at all uncommon for someone to sprain or strain and ankle or injure a knee while playing sports or as a result of some kind of accident. These are injuries that should normally heal completely after a while, but persistent pain and experiencing an injury that never seems to heal may be a sign of RA. This symptom is actually more likely to occur in younger people.

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