Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Do You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious autoimmune disease that attacks the joints and other parts of your body.  It is a debilitating long-term disease that can cause your joints and muscles to be inflamed, which can result in a variety of symptoms.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Facts:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis affects the whole body, not just the joints
  • Rheumatoid arthritis affects woman almost three times more than men
  • Rheumatoid arthritis generally occurs between the ages of 25 and 50
  • The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, but researchers believe that genetics play a role

Common Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis may be difficult to diagnose since its symptoms can mimic other illnesses.  Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:

  • Swelling, pain and heat in the joints, usually after waking up or long periods of inactivity
  • Constant joint pain
  • Joint stiffness, usually in the morning
  • Weakness
  • Constant fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping due to pain
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hard bumps or modules under the skin near the affected areas
  • Fever

Unfortunately, there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis.  The goals of treatment methods for symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, stop or slow down joint damage and improve function and patient well-being.

If you have symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced pain physicians today to help prevent further symptoms as well as stop the progression.