https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRMYw4KtCTo Fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis are two diseases that often go hand in hand. In this video from ehowhealth, Holistic Doctor Karen Pryor talks about the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis. MORE: Number of adults with arthritis continues to increase Approximately two million people in America suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Diagnosing and treating the disease in the early stages is critical to avoid loss of motion, range of movement and surgery. Pryor explains that there are three distinct stages of rheumatoid arthritis. The first stage is an inflammation of the joints (which can occur anywhere on the body), the second stage is enlargement of the joints affected, and the third stage is a breakdown of the joint, which can alter its shape. MORE: Eight different types of fibromyalgia pain Fibromyalgia News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.