Rheumatoid Arthritis (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
The only known risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis is a possible inherited factor in some families (genetic predisposition). A genetic factor may affect how the immune system works. It can cause inflammation and eventual destruction of the membranes that line the joints.
Other factors that may increase your risk for rheumatoid arthritis include:
When to Call a Doctor
Call your health professional immediately if you have:
Call your health professional within the next few days if you have:
It is reasonable to try home treatment for mild joint pain and stiffness. If there is no improvement after 6 weeks, or if any other symptoms are present, call your doctor.
Early treatment can slow and sometimes prevent significant joint damage. So if you have symptoms similar to rheumatoid arthritis, see your doctor to find out if you have rheumatoid arthritis. Early diagnosis and treatment allows for possible reduction of joint pain, slows joint destruction, and reduces the chance of permanent disability.
Who to See
Early arthritis symptoms can be diagnosed by:
Rheumatoid arthritis can be treated by:
Supportive treatment can be provided by:
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