A 43-year-old member asked:
what are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Thomas Namey answered
47 years experience Rheumatology
Usually....: Primarily joint pain followed by visible signs of inflammation, such as redness or swelling. The diease tends toward symmetry and the most common joints involved in your upper extremity are the knuckles, and wrists and in the lower extremity, the ball of the feet (mtps), and ankles. The condition is usually progressively additive, meaning more joints involved in time. All joints can be affected.
Answered on Mar 8, 2019
Dr. Ronald Krauser answered
51 years experience Rheumatology
Swelling and pain: Ra is usually characterized by swelling and tenderness of both large and small joints of the upper and lower extremities. This is accompanied by stiffness that is worse in the morning and pain with motion of the affected joints. Blood tests (rheumatoid factor and ccp antibody) are usually positive, confirming the diagnosis.
Answered on Jun 2, 2019
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