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A 30-year-old female asked:

Can i have rheumatoid arthritis without swelling? i do have pain in my wrists, fingers, knees, and ankles, alsp experienced stiffness in the morning.

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Dr. Joseph Robison
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
Possibly.: Although swelling is a common sign of rheumatoid arthritis, it does not happen in every patient. There are actually several conditions that can produce pain in multiple joints and morning stiffness in a young adult. You should seek evaluation with a Rheumatologist.

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Last updated Feb 13, 2016

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