What Types of Symptoms does Rheumatoid Arthritis Have?

Joints pain is the early symptom of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis can develop slowly over a period in which stiffness and fatigue are usually early symptoms. Weight-loss and a low-grade fever may sometimes occur.

Joint symptoms include painful, swollen, tender, stiff joints. The same joint on both sides of the body are usually affected together at the same time, especially elbows, feet, ankles, or necks.

Morning stiffness may develop after long periods of sleeping or sitting. It usually last at least 1 hour and often up to several hours.

Bumps or nodules range in size from a pea to a mothball develop in nearly one-third of people who have rheumatoid arthritis. They usually form over pressure points in the body such as the elbows, spine, and lower leg bones.

In addition to specific joints symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis can cause symptoms throughout the body like fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, and mild fever. Some of the symptoms are similar with the symptoms of other health conditions.


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