Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Do you have any symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis? Do you even know what they are? Learn more about each symptom of this condition below and what to do if you think you may have Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis


Joint symptoms usually involve three or more joints. The most commonly affected joints are the wrists, fingers, knees, feet, and ankles.

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Joint symptoms include:

  • Increased pain and stiffness in the morning and after inactivity
  • Morning stiffness and pain that lasts more than 30 minutes
  • Pain and stiffness symmetrically (that is, both feet or both hands are affected, as opposed to only one)
  • Red, swollen, warm joints
  • Deformed, misshapen joints

Other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:

  • Intense fatigue, decreased energy
  • Muscle aches
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fever and sweats
  • Depression
  • Problems sleeping
  • Anemia
  • Bumps occurring under the skin (rheumatoid nodules)
  • Inflamed blood vessels
  • Bleeding stomach ulcers
  • Inflammation of the heart's sac ( Pericarditis )
  • Inflammation of the heart muscle ( Myocarditis )
  • Lung problems
  • Eye problems



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