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About rheumatoid & psoriatic arthritis

Rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis are forms of arthritis called "inflammatory arthritis". In both of these conditions, your body mistakenly uses its immune system to attack the area between your joints. This can damage your joints, and cause joint pain and loss of joint function. Rheumatoid arthritis is often called RA.

To learn more about inflammatory arthritis see the Rheumatoid arthritis and Psoriatic arthritis brochures from Arthritis New Zealand.

Do I have rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis?

The symptoms of inflammatory arthritis are:

However, these symptoms can also occur in other forms of arthritis and other diseases. If you have any of the above symptoms, or you're worried about your health, make an appointment with your GP.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by rheumatologist, Department of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed December 2017.

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