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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
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.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
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.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 24 years experience
Joint pain: Joint pain, joint swelling, joint deformity. Fatigue often accompanies flares. Classically, the hands, wrists, proximal (knuckles closest to the hand) finger joints, knees and/or feet are involved. Morning stiffness for 30 minutes or more is another classic symptom.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
See details: The most common are generalized joint pain, tenderness and swelling, and morning stiffness. The diagnosis is most often confirmed by appropriate lab tests.
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
Early: symptoms are pain and swelling of small joints, usually in the morning. You need to have confirmatory blood tests for accurate diagnosis. Get to a doctor if there is any question, because there are many treatment options.
Dr. Samantha Maplethorpe
Family Medicine 23 years experience
RA: Classically painful stiff joints usually in the morning that improve over the day.

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