So far we have read that arthritis is a disease that only affects the elderly.
However, experts warn that this claim is not true.
According to them, arthritis can affect anyone at any age, although the likelihood of being affected by this disease is higher in old age.
However 3 out of 5 patients suffering from the disease are affected by arthritis at an age younger than 65 years.
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a term that groups more than 100 different diseases and autoimmune disorders that cause pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints and joints.
Autoimmune diseases usually involve an immune system that attacks the body.
Such an attack is carried out by white blood cells that instead of attacking bacteria and infections, strike healthy tissues around the joints.
The most common forms of arthritis are: osteoarthritis, rheumatism and fibromyalgia.
Each of the diseases in question has characteristic signs and symptoms but in some cases are intertwined with each other.
In addition to the obvious symptoms that affect the joints, these diseases like arthritis or rheumatism are also manifested with other symptoms.
All people affected by this disease feel extremely tired.
Fatigue is the main symptom of many autoimmune diseases.
The Sense of Being Sick
Rheumatoid arthritis goes beyond joint pain.
People affected by it feel like they are sick of something bigger because they feel more tired and in agony.
Loss of Muscle Mass
If you notice a decrease in muscle mass or strength and endurance, you should consult a doctor.
Decreased muscle mass usually occurs one year after the onset of the disease.
Studies show that depression is two to four times more common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
This is because inflammation also affects the nervous system.
Eye and Mouth Irritation
Sometimes, the disease also manifests itself with irritation and swelling of the eyes and mouth.
Rheumatoid arthritis also causes inflammation of the salivary glands and tears.
Damage to Nerves, Skin and Organs
Inflammation also affects the blood vessels and causes skin edema.
When inflammation affects the nerves, the limbs become numb or weak.
People suffering from joint pain are more at risk of heart, lung or digestive system diseases./ AgroWeb.org
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