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Learn To Accept Change That Comes With a Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis

Rheumatoid arthritis can create limitations for people.

People who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis cling to normalcy. Who can blame them? As each of us goes through life, we dream and set goals for ourselves. When a chronic illness, such as rheumatoid arthritis, enters your life, the disruption is unwelcome. Human nature kicks in and we hold tightly to our life as we know it. We fight the changes to our bodies and our lives, no matter how gradually or aggressively they occur. As the disease progresses, we are forced to recognize the changes and we are forced to accept our limitations and our new reality.

The Impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis on the Musculoskeletal System

In healthy people, the musculoskeletal system works harmoniously to provide support, stability, and movement to the body. The bones of the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and connective tissue comprise the musculoskeletal system.

Rheumatoid arthritis, as well as certain other rheumatic diseases, affect the musculoskeletal system — and sometimes other systems of the body. Most commonly, the joints are affected by rheumatoid arthritis. Joint damage and joint pain, which is characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis, can lead to physical limitations and functional limitations. The severity of the limitations is related to the severity of disease activity and disease progression.

Activities Hampered by Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms and Limitations

At some point, there is no denying that physical limitations, fatigue, and pain related to rheumatoid arthritis directly impact your abilities. You may find that, in time, your ability to perform or participate in certain activities changes.

Read on: Learn To Accept Change That Comes With a Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis | Everyday Health

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