Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis also referred to as RA, is an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints. It affects an estimated 1.5 million people in the US and currently does not have an identified cause. Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation of the joint lining (synovium), leading to damage to the joints. As with many autoimmune diseases, RA comes with flare-ups like waves of worsening symptoms that can come and go.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis The Pain Center Boise

The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis most often become prevalent beginning around the age of 40. Chronic inflammation can cause:

  • Fatigue & weakness
  • Stiffness and aching in more than one joint
  • The same pain in symmetrical joints, for example, both knees or both ankles
  • Low-grade fever

Because it is an autoimmune disease, the constant attack on the body by itself can negatively impact other organs of the body, such as the heart, eyes, and lungs. As rheumatoid arthritis progresses, cartilage and bone can eventually wear down, causing joints to become fused.

While there is not a cure or guaranteed preventative measure to protect you against rheumatoid arthritis, there are some factors that can increase your chance of developing it, such as:

  • Gender: Females tend to develop RA 2-3 times more often than males
  • Being a smoker
  • Obesity
  • Genetics/hereditary

Maintaining a healthy weight and abstaining from smoking are two lifestyle factors that are within your control.

The pain, stiffness, and fatigue associated with this disease can negatively impact your quality of life. Because RA can mimic other conditions, it's recommended to see a rheumatologist for thorough evaluation and testing, as they are more familiar with the signs and symptoms of the disease. They will perform a physical exam, focusing on identifying signs such as swelling or tenderness of the joints and limitations of joint movement. They can perform blood tests to check for specific antibodies and markers. X-rays can also help your rheumatologist look at your joints more closely and evaluate any damage.

There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. However, You can manage RA through:

  • Taking medication under the care of a pain specialist
  • Avoiding a sedentary life, so your joints stay mobile and lubricated
  • Maintaining a healthy weight, which helps reduce an excessive load on your joints
  • Self-care such as stretching and applying heated compresses
  • Eating a healthy diet and avoiding foods that can aggravate or cause flare-ups
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis The Pain Center Boise

When Should You See a Pain Specialist?

It's essential to seek treatment early on in an RA diagnosis to help slow the arthritic progression and lessen the pain. Contact our office today for a consultation. Our pain specialists offer treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis at both our Boise and Caldwell locations. Our goal at The Pain Center is to improve your quality of life with an effective pain management treatment plan.


Our entire practice revolves around helping patients feel better. Pain is a fact of life, until it interferes with the joys of living. Sandra Thompson, MD and The Pain Center have innovative and comprehensive solutions to all forms of discomfort.

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