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Can rheumatoid arthritis affect more than your joints?

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Rheumatoid arthritis can go beyond your joints. You may feel:

�Fatigue

�Sickness

�Less appetite than normal, which can lead to weight loss

�Muscle aches

It can feel a little bit like the flu, but these symptoms are usually less intense and last longer.

Rheumatoid arthritis can also damage other parts of your body, including:

�Skin, with rheumatoid nodules

�Heart

�Lungs

�Eyes

�Bones

�Mucous membranes

�Muscles

�Nerves

�Blood vessels

Medications used to treat RA can take a toll on your body, too.

SOURCES: 

Ching D. , November 1992.  British Journal of Rheumatology

eMedicine.com: "Rheumatoid Arthritis-Symptoms." 

Kelly, C. , February 1993. Bailliere's Clinical Rheumatology

Klippel, J. , 12th edition, Arthritis Foundation, 2001.  Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases

Lee, D., Weinblatt, M. , 2001.  Lancet

Masi, A. , Dec. 30, 1983.  American Journal of Medicine

Venables, P. UpToDate topic: "Clinical Features of Rheumatoid Arthritis," Jan. 20, 2005.

Arthritis Foundation.

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 21, 2018

SOURCES: 

Ching D. , November 1992.  British Journal of Rheumatology

eMedicine.com: "Rheumatoid Arthritis-Symptoms." 

Kelly, C. , February 1993. Bailliere's Clinical Rheumatology

Klippel, J. , 12th edition, Arthritis Foundation, 2001.  Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases

Lee, D., Weinblatt, M. , 2001.  Lancet

Masi, A. , Dec. 30, 1983.  American Journal of Medicine

Venables, P. UpToDate topic: "Clinical Features of Rheumatoid Arthritis," Jan. 20, 2005.

Arthritis Foundation.

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 21, 2018

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