There are different forms of arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis is one of them. It is important to know how to detect the signs of rheumatoid arthritis, especially if you suspect that you or someone you love may be suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, which is also known as RA. Note that only a doctor can make an official diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

An inflammatory disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, causes sufferers to experience moderate to severe pain, stiffness, swelling, throbbing and general discomfort in their joints. Over the course of time, these aches and pains and swelling can actually cause the joints and surrounding tissue to become deformed.

There are many more female RA sufferers than male, and typically the symptoms start anywhere from age 40 to age 60. However, many people younger than 40 and older than 60 also suffer from RA. People who suffer from RA often find it hard to perform the even the simplest of tasks, like turning a door knob, because they are in such excruciating pain so much of the time.

In addition to experiencing stiffness, pain and swelling in the joints, many RA sufferers report that their joints feel sore and tender when they are touched. Some individuals diagnosed with RA also report feeling extremely tired most of the time and have hands that are puffy, swollen and somewhat red in color. Rheumatoid arthritis can also trigger fevers in some people, and can cause some sufferers to lose a substantial amount of weight.

While rheumatoid arthritis is not yet curable, it can be managed by using medical treatments as prescribed by your doctor, and also by making certain lifestyle changes that can help you to keep the disease under control. RA treatments include Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as Naproxen (which is found in Aleve), steroid treatments like prednisone, and others. In more severe cases, a doctor may propose performing surgery in order to repair joints that have become deformed over time due to RA. Be sure to talk to your doctor about which specific RA treatment (or combination of treatments) might work best for you, given your particular medical history and medical need