Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of autoimmune disease, with nearly 200,000 cases reported last year in the United States. As an autoimmune condition, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body’s immune cells mistakenly attack healthy cells, creating chronic inflammation.
Autoimmune disease affects millions of Americans — 23.5 million in fact! Nearly 80 percent of individuals with these conditions are women. But what exactly is an autoimmune disease and how can you know if the symptoms you are experiencing are related to one?
Arthritis is officially defined as joint inflammation and is used to describe approximately 200 conditions that affect joints, their surrounding tissues, and other connective tissue. Arthritis causes joint pain and stiffness that can worsen with age.
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