Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Joint symptoms usually involve three or more joints. The most commonly affected joints are the wrists, fingers, knees, feet, and ankles.
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
- Problems sleeping
- 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/ .
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.arthritis.org/ .
Cecil Textbook of Medicine . 21st ed. W.B. Saunders Company; 2000.
Conn’s Current Therapy . 54th ed. W.B. Saunders Company; 2002.
Last reviewed September 2009 by ]]>Jill D. Landis, MD]]>
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