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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Alternate Names : RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

Joint pain, swelling, and stiffness that is especially severe and prolonged in the morning are the most common symptoms of RA. The same joint on both sides of the body is usually involved, and RA most often starts in the hands or feet. However, the problems may move from one joint to another. Usually many joints throughout the body are affected at the same time.

Because RA is a disease that can affect the whole body, the person may have other symptoms:

  • fatigue
  • a vague feeling of illness called malaise
  • occasional fever
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of energy
  • lumps of tissue under the skin called rheumatoid nodules, often over bony areas exposed to pressure (especially near the elbow)

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    Rheumatoid Arthritis: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: John A.K. Davies, MD
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/25/02

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