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