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What are complications of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

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Rheumatoid arthritis can cause:

  • Dry eyes and dry mouth
  • Rheumatoid nodules or lumps under your skin near the joints that usually don't hurt
  • Shortness of breath and chest pain
  • Tiredness, which sometimes, but not always, happens if you don't have enough red blood cells, a problem called anemia
  • Weight loss
  • Numbness and tingling in your hands

SOURCES:

Lupus Foundation of America: "How lupus is diagnosed: An overview," "Common symptoms of lupus," "How lupus affects the eyes," "Finding the treatment approach for you."

UpToDate: "Overview of the clinical manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus in adults," "Clinical manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis," "Diagnosis and differential diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus in adults," "Patient education: Rheumatoid arthritis treatment (Beyond the Basics)."

American College of Rheumatology: "Lupus," "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

CDC: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Fact Sheet."

Lupus Research Alliance: "Why is Lupus Less Common in Men than Women?" "Lupus Diagnosis," "Lupus Treatments."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Top 10 Differences Between Male and Female Lupus Patients."

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms," "Rheumatoid Arthritis," "Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment."

Arthritis Foundation: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms," "Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment," "Lupus Treatment."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs and Symptoms," "Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment," "Lupus Medications and Treatment Options," "Treating Lupus with Immunosuppressive Medications."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Rheumatoid Arthritis," "Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus."

Womenshealth.gov: "Lupus fact sheet."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis Lab Tests and Results."

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 02, 2017

SOURCES:

Lupus Foundation of America: "How lupus is diagnosed: An overview," "Common symptoms of lupus," "How lupus affects the eyes," "Finding the treatment approach for you."

UpToDate: "Overview of the clinical manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus in adults," "Clinical manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis," "Diagnosis and differential diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus in adults," "Patient education: Rheumatoid arthritis treatment (Beyond the Basics)."

American College of Rheumatology: "Lupus," "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

CDC: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Fact Sheet."

Lupus Research Alliance: "Why is Lupus Less Common in Men than Women?" "Lupus Diagnosis," "Lupus Treatments."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Top 10 Differences Between Male and Female Lupus Patients."

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms," "Rheumatoid Arthritis," "Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment."

Arthritis Foundation: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms," "Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment," "Lupus Treatment."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs and Symptoms," "Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment," "Lupus Medications and Treatment Options," "Treating Lupus with Immunosuppressive Medications."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Rheumatoid Arthritis," "Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus."

Womenshealth.gov: "Lupus fact sheet."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis Lab Tests and Results."

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 02, 2017

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