Patient Story: Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

When Joint Symptoms Flare Up, It's Important to Listen

By Karina Lichtenstein

Reviewed by William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

"One morning, I woke up with severe joint pain and stiffness. When I got out of bed, I could barely move my fingers. I should have listened to my joint symptoms sooner …" ~ Joanne

How did Joanne get here? This is her story …

Joanne is a busy, 37-year old mother of two small children. Like many working moms, she works part time, shuttles the kids to and from school and different activities, and takes care of the house and family. She tries to live a healthy lifestyle, exercising several times a week and cooking nutritious meals at home. Joanne has been happily married to her husband, John, for 15 years.

One day, Joanne felt sick after picking the boys up from school. She was tired, achy, and had a fever. "I must have the flu," she told John. Joanne took some Theraflu and went to bed. She lost her appetite and didn't eat much. Her symptoms went away after a few days, but she still didn't feel right. 'That was the worst flu ever," she thought.

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