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How does your doctor check if your joint stiffness is caused by rheumatoid arthritis?

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At your appointment, share your list of symptoms and also mention anything that’s not related to your joints, such as fatigue or weight loss.

Your doctor may ask you to move the joint so he or she can see its range of motion. Your doctor will also check your joint for swelling, enlargement, and tenderness.

You might also take some blood tests to help find out what the problem is.

SOURCES:

eMedicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

eMedicine Health: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Arthritis Foundation: "Rheumatoid Arthritis: What Is It?" 

Arthritis Foundation: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Questions: Part 2."

AARP: "Diagnosing arthritis."

American Physical Therapy Association: "What You Need to Know About Arthritis."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Preventing Joint Damage From Rheumatoid Arthritis."

MedlinePlus: "Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil, alpha-linolenic acid."

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 6, 2018

SOURCES:

eMedicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

eMedicine Health: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Arthritis Foundation: "Rheumatoid Arthritis: What Is It?" 

Arthritis Foundation: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Questions: Part 2."

AARP: "Diagnosing arthritis."

American Physical Therapy Association: "What You Need to Know About Arthritis."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Preventing Joint Damage From Rheumatoid Arthritis."

MedlinePlus: "Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil, alpha-linolenic acid."

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 6, 2018

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