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October 17, 2012

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What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

RA is a chronic or long term disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited range of motion and function of associated joints. RA can affect many joints, although the small joints of the hands and feet are most often involved. The inflammation from this disease may also cause serious issues with organs such as the eyes and lungs.

Stiffness and joint pain in active RA is often worse in the morning. It may last one or two hours, or even the entire day. Prolonged morning stiffness is s hallmark symptom of RA since few other arthritic diseases behave this way. Osteoarthritis is often confused with RA, but does not often cause prolonged morning stiffness. 

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

RA is a chronic or long term disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited range of motion and function of associated joints. RA can affect many joints, although the small joints of the hands and feet are most often involved. The inflammation from this disease may also cause serious issues withBlood Vessles and organs including the eyes and lungs.

Stiffness and joint pain in active RA is often worse in the morning. It may last one or two hours, or even the entire day. Prolonged morning stiffness is s hallmark symptom of RA since few other arthritic diseases behave this way. Osteoarthritis is often confused with RA, but does not often cause prolonged morning stiffness. 

Other signs and symptoms that can occur with RA include:

Fatigue
Low grade fevers
Loss of appetite
Swollen lymph nodes
Dry eyes and mouth from a related health problem known as Sjorgren's Syndrome
Firm lumps or nodules growing beneath the skin in places such as the elbows, forearms, or hands. These are known as rheumatoid nodules.

You may know someone affected by this disease...maybe a parent, sibling, child, or even a friend. Chemotherapy or Biologic drugs may be injected on a regular basis to "tame" an out of control immune system bent on attacking the very body it inhabits. Few people realize that even with the advanced treatment, remission rates are as low as 5%, and this disease requires a lifetime of treatment. Eventually their bodies develop antibodies to the very drugs they are taking to combat it. This is not your Grandma's arthritis. Public awareness of the seriousness of this disease is severely lacking. Most often, people see the word "arthritis" and think mistakenly of osteoarthritis.

So as a Team, we Rheumatoid Movers will move to raise funds for the American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation with the sincere hope that they may find a cure for all of us suffering with the pain it takes to deform a joint on a daily basis.th

PLEASE join our team Rheumatoid Movers to find a CURE!

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Greg Cho

Greg Cho

DONATION: $26

Run hard (but don't forget, the A-B-C-D-and 1 trains will get you to the finish line!) 4 years ago