Rheumatoid Arthritis or RA is a chronic inflammatory disease or disorder. This affects several tissues and organs and most importantly attacks synovial joints. This is said to be an autoimmune disease causing chronic inflammation of joints. RA also causes inflammation of tissues surrounding the joints and other organs of the body. Inflammation is generally caused by the response of immune systems to ‘assaults’ including wounds, infections and foreign substances. In this form of arthritis, the inflammation misdirected attacks the joints. The disease can be caused at any age, but it is mostly found in the people ranging between 40 years and 50 years. As per the research, the disease is found three times more in women when compared to men.
The exact cause of this disease is not known. But it is doubted that some of the factors or infections in the environment can set off the immune system in the susceptible people. Some of these factors include hormones, genetics, and infection by virus or bacterium. The common symptom of this disease is the inflammation in most of the joints. The symptoms are classified in two types including articular (joint symptoms) and extra articular. Articular symptoms include pain, stiffness, swelling, nodules, tenderness and redness. Extra articular symptoms include fever, malaise, weight loss, muscle aches and loss of appetite.
It can be diagnosed on the basis of physical examination, interview, lab tests as well as imaging studies like X-rays etc. But homeopathic treatment is the best form of solution available at present to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis.