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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that targets joints and often results in pain, stiffness, inflammation, and joint deformity. It usually affects joints on both sides of the body.
Although RA initially affects the joints, it can also damage organs such as skin, heart, eyes, kidneys, and lungs.
RA can develop at any age, but it most commonly begins between ages 30 and 50. Check out the interactive graphic below for tips to help manage arthritis pain and symptoms for any age or lifestyle.
It’s a good idea to consult with a medical professional to determine which treatments and tips are right for you.
If you’re looking for a resource to help you advocate for your medical care and treatment, the Arthritis Foundation Helpline is an option for one-on-one support.