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What causes a Rheumatoid Arthritis flare-up?

Rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups are essentially times of increased disease activity. Generally, the longer the disease is active, the more joint destruction is going on. During times of disease activity, the body's infection-fighting cells mistakenly attack the joints, leading to destruction of bone and cartilage. Morning stiffness and joint pain or swelling are some signs of active disease.

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