Although any joint can get arthritis usually it’s noticed first is in the hands or fingers and wrists. The Arthritis Disease Center explains; “Approximately 1.3 million people in the United States have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It can affect anyone, including children (see Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis), but 70 percent of people with RA are women. Onset usually occurs between 30 and 50 years of age.” They go on to tell us; “Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) progresses in three stages. The first stage is the swelling of the synovial lining, causing pain, warmth, stiffness, redness and swelling around the joint.”
- If you are experiencing pain in your joints, stiffness in the morning or pain in your hands or feet you may want to talk to your doctor. Although according to the arthritis disease center there isn’t a sure fire test to tell you if you have RA, your doctor can ask you a series of questions and get your medical history. He/She will do a physical exam looking for swelling, pain and loss of motion in the joints.
- Since there are many ways rheumatoid arthritis can affect an individual, and if you think you may have RA, it is important you seek professional help. Instead of self medicating let the doctors tailor the medication to properly fit the situation.
- For more info, contact; Michiana Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center, 707 North Michigan Street, South Bend, in 46601-1067 or phone: (574) 647-4500