Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition, which means it’s caused by the immune system attacking healthy body tissue. As the NHS explains, if you have rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system mistakenly sends antibodies to the lining of your joints, where they attack the tissue surrounding the joint.
“A GP will do a physical examination, checking your joints for any swelling and to assess how easily they move,” explains the NHS.
The GP will also ask you about your symptoms.
As the NHS explains, if the GP thinks you have rheumatoid arthritis, they’ll refer you to a specialist (rheumatologist).
It is worth noting that if you are already diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and experience eye pain, vision changes or other eye problems, consult an ophthalmologist for an evaluation, advises Mayo Clinic.
According to the Arthritis Foundation (AF), a balanced, nutritious diet consisting of the recommended amounts of all the food groups helps promote wellness and makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight.
Losing weight is critical because excess weight puts extra strain on your joints.
This also underlines the importance of exercising regularly to maintain your overall health, including easing rheumatoid arthritis.
“Even when you don’t have time to exercise, try to make movement part of your everyday routine,” adds the AF.