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World Autoimmune Arthritis Day (WAAD)

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Autoimmune Arthritis refers to autoimmune, inflammatory diseases that heavily involve the joints, but also affect tissues and organs. While there are over 80 autoimmune diseases, only some include symptoms of arthritis, which makes them unique. Unlike the more commonly known and understood Degenerative Arthritis (Osteoarthritis), it is caused by cellular malfunction, which results in inflammation of the joints, tissues, and organs.

Because they are also autoimmune diseases, they are typically paired with massive fatigue, low grade fevers, myalgia, flu-like symptoms, and brain fog, in addition to the arthritis component that causes tenderness and severe stiffness.

While many diseases that are autoimmune can involve arthritis, those that are most similar in onset, continued symptoms, treatment, and potential for remission include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Still’s Disease, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, and Juvenile Arthritis (including all juvenile versions of the above diseases).

When these diseases are not fully developed, or overlap and cannot be determined which disease diagnosis should be rendered, this is called Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease or Undifferentiated Spondyloarthropathy.

If you are experiencing symptoms similar to the core autoimmune arthritis diseases, we encourage you to investigate more about these diseases.


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source – worldautoimmunearthritisday.org

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