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

Inflamed Joint

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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