Rheumatism is a chronic autoimmune disorder of inflammatory nature. It affects the joints in the first turn and but people afflicted with it may also have issues with their eyes, lungs, skin and cardiovascular system.
1. As any disease of the autoimmune origin, rheumatism is the result of the malfunctioning of the immune system when it destroys the body tissues. This can be followed by further destruction of joints and also can be as serious as bone erosion.