Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. The symptoms include painful and swollen joints, especially in your hands, feet and knees, difficulty in moving joints, stiffness and pain in affected joints (especially after sleeping), fever, red, puffy hands, fatigue, hard bumps (called rheumatoid nodules) just under the skin near the joints and loss of appetite.
ANA (Antinuclear Antibody Test), C - reactive protein (CRP) Test, ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate) Test, Rheumatoid Factor and Synovial Fluid Analysis can help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis.
Total joint replacement, tendon repair, joint fusion, Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Steroids, Immunosuppressant’s and other drugs are used for the treatment.
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