Rheumatoid Arthritis Early Symptoms and Signs

What are early signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and what areas of the body are affected?

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While early signs and symptoms of RA can be mimicked by other diseases, the symptoms and signs are very characteristic of rheumatoid disease. The 12 rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and signs discussed in this article include the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Joint tenderness
  • Joint swelling
  • Joint redness
  • Joint warmth
  • Joint stiffness
  • Loss of joint range of motion
  • Many joints affected (polyarthritis)
  • Limping
  • Joint deformity
  • Both sides of the body affected (symmetric)
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Reviewed on 6/17/2015

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