What is rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?


What is
rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory condition

RA is a progressive disease that you need to stay on top of. Even if you’re already on a treatment, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of RA to ensure your treatment plan is still working for you.

What causes RA?

RA is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells and inflames joints, most commonly those found in the hands, wrists, and knees. RA inflammation can cause joint pain, swelling, and stiffness—and if left untreated, can also lead to irreversible joint damage.

Although the specific causes of RA are unknown, some factors—such as environment or genetics—may play a role.

The fight to prevent irreversible joint damage

If not managed properly, persistent inflammation resulting from RA could lead to irreversible joint damage, starting within 1 year of having RA. Diagnosis and a proactive treatment plan are key to stopping this joint damage.

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Signs and symptoms of RA

The same symptoms may be felt on both sides of the body (such as in both hands or both knees). Rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms may include:

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Pain or aching in more than one joint

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Tenderness or swelling in more than one joint

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Stiffness in more than one joint

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Fatigue or tiredness

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Mental stress

When was the last time you completed a self-assessment of your RA?

When was the last time you completed a self-assessment of your RA?

Use the RAPID3 Calculator
The RAPID3 calculator can help you assess your RA symptoms. Share and discuss the results with your rheumatologist and create a treatment plan that’s right for you.




Up to 50%

of RA patients report experiencing fatigue.

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Not getting enough RA symptom relief?

Your RA treatment plan should meet your expectations. Learn about RINVOQ results and ask your rheumatologist about your options.

Use the RAPID3 Calculator

Is your current RA treatment plan still right for you? Use the RAPID3 Calculator to assess how RA impacts your life. Sharing the results with your rheumatologist can help both of you create a treatment plan that works for you.