Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation in the joints, which occurs when the immune system targets the body’s healthy tissues by mistake and attacks them. If you think your senior loved one has developed this form of arthritis, here are a few symptoms to look for so you can ensure he or she receives the best possible treatment.
This symptom is most common when first waking up in the morning and after sitting for a long time. Stiffness usually begins to subside with movement. The stiffness associated with osteoarthritis usually wears off within 30 minutes of getting up, but it can take much longer for the joints to loosen if your loved one has rheumatoid arthritis.
Arthritis may cause tenderness around the joints, which occurs because the tissue lining the joints becomes inflamed and produces excess joint fluid. The tenderness will usually be accompanied by redness, swelling, and a warm sensation around the joints.
About 25 percent of people with rheumatoid arthritis will develop nodules. Caused by pockets of fluid, these bumps are commonly found around the joints of the fingers, hands, and elbows. Although visible to the eye, the nodules may not always be painful, but your loved one may find it difficult to perform daily activities because the pressure on the nerves limits motion.
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If untreated, rheumatoid arthritis can lead to permanent damage and deformity. Inflammatory cells can gather in the joint’s lining and form a fibrous layer of abnormal tissue, and deformation may also appear as cartilage decays in the joints. Severe deformities can lead to a loss of joint function and the need for surgery.
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Once the joint cartilage has decayed, the bone is exposed, and grinding occurs. It’s common to hear or feel the grinding. This grinding, also known as crepitus, can cause discomfort in the joint and make movement more difficult.
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