Rheumatoid Arthritis le Dr Boitumelo Mashitisho – Specialist Physician

Today on our elderly feature we look at an illness that has to do mostly with joints becoming painful all of the sudden, but can go to an extend of affecting the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels as well; rheumatoid Arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own body's tissues. Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of the joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.