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What Is Rheumatism?

Rheumatism refers to several diseases marked by inflammation and pain in the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, or bones. Symptoms include loss of motion, pain, and inflammation. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout and scleroderma are rheumatic diseases. About one in four American adults have some sort of rheumatic disease. It’s more common in women than men.

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