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6 Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a type of auto immune disease which affects joints but differs from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs generally in elderly age groups whereas rheumatoid arthritis usually manifests at a younger age. RA may progress to a stage of bone deformities and chronic crippling. This disease primarily targets and damages the joints and to a lesser extent other organs. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to reduce permanent joint damage and the disability caused by this crippling disease.

Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

  1. Painful swelling of small joints (like those of the hands and fingers) with redness
  2. Stiffness of joints, especially in the mornings
  3. The swelling usually lasts for a few months
  4. Large joints such as elbows, shoulders and knees may also be affected but to a lesser extent
  5. The rheumatoid arthritis patient may also have a long-standing low-grade fever along with fatigue
  6. In advanced stages, joints get severely affected leading to deformities in the hands and the feet as well as hips and knees.