• 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


    Arthritis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.arthritis.org/ .

    Ferri F, ed. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2010 . 1st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2009.

    Firestein ED, et al. Kelley’s Textbook of Rheumatology . 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 2008.

    Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Textbook of Internal Medicine . 23rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 2008.

    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.arthritis.org/ .

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