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What are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

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Rheumatoid arthritis inflames the joints. The classic signs are joints that are:

�Stiff, especially in the morning (It may take people with rheumatoid arthritis more than an hour before their joints feel loose. )

�Swollen

�Painful

�Red and warm

It almost always affects the hands, but it can strike any joint, including the knees, wrists, neck, shoulders, elbows, feet, hips, even the jaw. There is usually a symmetrical pattern -- the same joints on both sides of the body, like both wrists or both hips.

Rheumatoid arthritis can also make you feel kind of like you have the flu.

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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