Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs & Symptoms

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What are the symptoms?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is chronic inflammation of the joint lining that affects the body systemically. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease and many individuals develop symptoms gradually, however many of my clients reported a sudden onset of symptoms. Individuals will experience periods of decreased activities and remission when symptoms fade. It is important to note that there are individual differences among people with RA.

Here is a list of symptoms that are most commonly associated with rheumatoid arthritis. If you experience some of these 8 common symptoms it is important to make an appointment to speak with your physician:

1. Morning stiffness and pain in your joints that lasts more than 1 hour
2. Stiffness can also occur after a long rest
3. Fatigue and loss of energy
4. Joint inflammation, including swelling and warmth around the affected joints
5. Symmetrical joint inflammation (both sides of the body)
6. Low grade fever and flu symptoms
7. Difficulty moving the affected joints
8. Joint deformity and nodules/lumps under the skin (elbows, hands) are the most often affected. rheumatoid arthritis in hands

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