A Guide to Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease
Rheumatoid autoimmune diseases are painful conditions that are characterized inflammation, swelling, and pain in the joints or muscles caused by an autoimmune response by the body. A number of disorders fall into the category of rheumatoid autoimmune disease.
Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that can, in severe cases, cause some of the vertebrae in your spine to fuse together. The disease causes grave, chronic pain and discomfort in the spine and joints. Chief symptoms include:
- pain and stiffness in the lower back and buttocks
- mild fever
- loss of appetite
- general discomfort
Read more about ankylosing spondylitis:
The Myth That Women Don’t Get Ankylosing Spondylitis
Pregnancy and Ankylosing Spondylitis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet on both sides of your body. In addition to causing joint problems, rheumatoid arthritis can also affect your whole body with fevers and fatigue. Common joint symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:
- Redness and warmth
Read more about rheumatoid arthritis:
The Evolution of a Solution: Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis – the Latest Research/Clinical Trials for Traditional + Alternative Therapies
Pregnancy and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Breastfeeding Moms and Cortisone
- Swollen, tender and painful joints most often in the fingers and toes, in an irregular pattern that may be different on opposite sides of the body
- Pitted, discolored fingernails and toenails that can separate from the nail bed
References and Further Reading
WebMD: An Overview of Rheumatic Diseases
InnumoConcepts: Systemic Rheumatic Disease
Discovery Medicine: Challenges in the Diagnosis of Chronic Immune-mediated Rheumatic Diseases
University College London: Autoimmune Rheumatic Disorders
Mayo Clinic: Rheumatoid Arthritis
WebMD: Rheumatoid Arthritis Overview
Spondylisits Association of America
WebMD: Psoriatic Arthritis: The Basics
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About the Author
Gretchen Heber is an autoimmune mom and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in online media. She has also worked with several daily newspapers across the United States, serving as a graphic designer, writer and editor.
This blog post was originally published by AutoimmuneMom.com, written by Gretchen Heber, and first published on May 17, 2013.
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