1. Health
Send to a Friend via Email

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune, inflammatory type of arthritis. It is chronic, disabling, and disruptive. Find out essential facts from someone who has lived with the disease for years and written two books about arthritis.
  1. A - Z: Joint Pain
  2. A - Z: Pain Relief
  3. Alternative Medicine
  4. RA: Basic Information (14)
  5. RA: Diagnosis / Lab Tests (22)
  6. RA: Diet (10)
  7. RA: Research
  8. RA: Symptoms (25)
  9. RA: Treatments (11)
  10. Rheumatoid Nodules (11)

Rheumatoid Arthritis - 10 Things You Should Know
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune, inflammatory type of arthritis. These 10 facts will help you understand the disease.

10 Diseases That Mimic Rheumatoid Arthritis
Certain medical conditions mimic rheumatoid arthritis. Which conditions must a doctor consider when diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis and how are they ultimately distinguished?

How Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosed?
The diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is based on multiple criteria, not a single test.

Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune, inflammatory disease which can lead to joint pain, joint deformity, and disability.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Screening Quiz
Early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and early, aggressive treatment can help prevent joint damage and deformity. A combination of diagnostic tests, physical examination, and x-ray evidence confirms the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

What Is Undifferentiated Arthritis?
Undifferentiated arthritis may progress to rheumatoid arthritis. Can patients be treated to prevent the progression?

How to Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis will lead to an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. If you are experiencing rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, see a doctor.

Cancer Screenings Are Essential for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
Cancer screenings are essential for rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Test Your Knowledge
Experts believe rheumatoid arthritis is triggered by a malfunction in the immune system. The cause of the malfunction is unknown. How much do you know about rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment - 2012 ACR Recommendations
The ACR has issued updated recommendations for the use of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs and biologic drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Early, Aggressive Treatment Recommended For Rheumatoid Arthritis
Early treatment for rheumatoid arthritis can help prevent deformity and disability.

Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis - What You Need to Know
A diagnosis of severe rheumatoid arthritis indicates that there is a high level of joint pain, stiffness, and swelling of the affected joints.

Vaccinations and Rheumatoid Arthritis
People with rheumatoid arthritis are often unclear about whether they should get vaccinations. What's the answer?

What Are Rheumatoid Nodules?
As part of the rheumatoid process, subcutaneous nodules develop in about one-fourth of rheumatoid arthritis patients.

What Is Rheumatoid Factor?
A negative rheumatoid factor test does not rule out rheumatoid arthritis.

Definition of Remission for Rheumatoid Arthritis
What is the definition of a remission? ACR and EULAR have created two new rheumatoid arthritis remission definitions.

What Is an Arthritis Remission?
An arthritis remission is when clinical symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis subside for a period of time.

What Exactly Is Early Rheumatoid Arthritis?
People experiencing joint pain, swelling, and stiffness are advised to see a doctor as soon as possible. Diagnosing and treating early rheumatoid arthritis offers the best chance to slow disease progression.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Prognosis - How Soon Will Symptoms Worsen?
Patients want to know about the prognosis of rheumatoid arthritis, including how bad symptoms will get and how soon their condition will worsen.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Explained With Pictures
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune, inflammatory type of arthritis which affects the joints and, in some cases, organs in the body.

Is There Advice for Patients With Long-term Rheumatoid Arthritis?
There is a lot of advice for newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis patients, mostly regarding early diagnosis and treatment. What advice is there for patients who have lived with the disease for 5 or 10 years and will live with it long-term?

What Are The Differences Between Psoriatic Arthritis And RA?
Distinction between rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Or Osteoarthritis: Which Is It?
Two of the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. There are specific symptoms and distinguishing characteristics which determine the diagnosis and course of treatment. Do you know the difference?

Rheumatoid Arthritis Or Lupus: Which Is It?
Two of the 100 types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. There are specific symptoms, distinguishing characteristics, as well as overlapping symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Do you know the difference?

Rheumatoid Arthritis Hand Deformity: Is It Inevitable?
Rheumatoid arthritis hand deformity is a common symptom of the disease. Is it Inevitable? Can it be prevented?

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis - What's the Link?
People with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk for osteoporosis for many reasons.

Periodontal Disease - Are Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients More Prone to It?
Periodontal disease affects people with rheumatoid arthritis twice as much as others without the disease. Is there a causal relationship between the two conditions -- or is poor oral hygiene to blame?

Does Stress Trigger Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Stress and stressful events often precede the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. This is so common it begs the question: does stress actually trigger rheumatoid arthritis?

Arthritis Hand Photo Gallery
Hand damage and deformity caused by arthritis can include nodules, swelling, stiffness, ulnar drift, contractures, and other problems. Photos of hands damaged by arthritis.

Treating Gum Disease Improves Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
Treating gum disease also serves to improve signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Dental hygiene is important so that gum disease is well-managed.

Lymphoma In Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
There is an increased risk of developing lymphoma in rheumatoid arthritis patients. What causes the increased risk of lymphoma?

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments Do Not Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Research shows no evidence to date that rheumatoid arthritis treatments, particularly the newest medications, increases the risk of breast cancer.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Does Not Increase Lung Cancer Risk
Rheumatoid arthritis does not increase the risk of lung cancer, according to study data.

What Is Rheumatoid Lung Disease?
Lung abnormalities are not uncommon in rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease
Rheumatoid arthritis patients have a higher risk of coronary heart disease, silent unrecognized heart attacks, and sudden cardiac deaths.

What Is The Significance Of A Positive Rheumatoid Factor?
When told that they have a positive rheumatoid factor, patients often assume they have developed rheumatoid arthritis. Is that the case?

POLL: Rheumatoid Factor - Are You Seronegative Or Seropositive?
80% of adults with rheumatoid arthritis test positive for rheumatoid factor (seropositive). What was your result?

Rheumatoid Arthritis 101: Free E-Course Newsletter
Various aspects of rheumatoid arthritis make it different from other kinds of arthritis. Better understanding of rheumatoid arthritis will enhance your ability to manage the condition. Learn more about rheumatoid arthritis in our free newsletter e-course.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Death
People want to know if a disease or condition is fatal. Can rheumatoid arthritis kill you?

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.