Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating disease. It causes joints and muscles to be inflamed, resulting in a multitude of symptoms. Many people who suffer from RA just attribute it to “old age pain,” but it’s more than just joint pain. RA can damage body systems, including the eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. In severe cases it can even lead to bone erosion and joint deformity.
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One of the best known symptoms of RA is “morning stiffness.” This occurs when the joints and muscles are stiffest in the morning, sometimes to the point where it can be impossible to walk or get out of bed. It may take hours for individuals with RA before they can be able to move about comfortably.