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Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms - Kneevo™

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Rheumatoid Arthritis, or RA,  is the most common form of autoimmune arthritis. It is a chronic disease that causes joint pain, stiffness, swelling and decreased movement of the joints in the hands, wrists, and knees.

In a joint with Rheumatoid Arthritis, the lining of the joint becomes inflamed, causing damage to joint tissue. This tissue damage can cause long-lasting or chronic pain, unsteadiness (lack of balance), and deformity (misshapenness).

In some people, the condition can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels.

The joint stiffness in active RA is often the worst in the morning. It may last one to two hours (or even the whole day). It generally improves with movement of the joints. Stiffness for a long time in the morning is a clue that you may have RA, as this is not common in other conditions. For instance, osteoarthritis most often does not cause prolonged morning stiffness.

Other signs and symptoms that can occur in RA include:

  • Loss of energy

  • Low grade fevers

  • Loss of appetite

  • Firm lumps, called rheumatoid nodules, which grow beneath the skin in places such as the elbow and hands

  • Pain or aching in more than one joint

  • Stiffness in more than one joint

  • Tenderness and swelling in more than one joint

  • The same symptoms on both sides of the body (such as in both hands or both knees)

  • Weight loss

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