Symptoms

More-common RA symptoms may include:
  • Joint pain. You may feel pain on both sides of your body; affected joints often include the fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, toes and neck.
  • Morning stiffness. Your joints can become warm, tender and stiff when you haven’t used them for as little as an hour. People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) usually feel worse when they first wake up, and better as they begin to move around.
  • Generalized weakness and discomfort. Many people also report flu-like symptoms such as achiness and fatigue.
  • Fatigue. It may be caused by factors such as inflammation, overdoing routine activities, stress, depression, poor sleep and nutrition or lack of exercise.
Less-common RA symptoms may include:
  • Eye problems. Dry or inflamed eyes occur when RA advances beyond joints.
  • Nerve pain
  • Pulmonary issues

As your symptoms appear or subside, keep your healthcare providers informed so they can work with you to keep you as active and pain-free as possible.

Next - Diagnosis
Updated November 2012

Basics
Overview
Causes & Risk Factors
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Your Healthcare Team
Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Treatment
Examining Your Treatment Options
PT, OT or Surgery?
Make the Team
A Doctor's Perspective: The Inside Scoop on RA
Team Up with Your Doctor to Feel Better
Why RA Tests Matter

 

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