SO WHAT IS THIS SO CALLED RA?
When you hear the word Arthritis, you would assume joints that have been damaged over time linked with the elderly right? Well that is Osteoarthritus. There are over 100 types of arthritis, these include; Rhuematoid, Osteoarthritis, Juvenile Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis AS, Infectious & Reactive Arthritis, Gout and Lupus.
Rhuematoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease. Your immune system is meant to defend your body from infection, but in this case it becomes over active and infact attacks its own healthy tissue. It specifically attacks the synovial fluid of your joints which causes them to inflame, creating pain, stiffness and limited motion in your joints. Further to affecting the joints, it can affect your whole body including the organs such as lung, heart and eyes- this is known as a systemic disease.
Rheumatoid Arthritis affects over 400,000 people in the UK, and 1.3million in the US. Women are 3 times more likely to develop it than Men, and women are also more likely to develop the disease at a younger age. RA tends to begin to affect people between the age of 30-60, with symptoms developing age 60. But as many as 8 in 100,000 people aged 18 to 34 get diagnosed with RA.