Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Center

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, the tissue around the joints, as well as other organs in the body. Because it can affect multiple other organs of the body, rheumatoid arthritis is referred to as a systemic illness and is sometimes called rheumatoid disease. The 16 characteristic early RA signs and symptoms include the following.

  • Anemia
  • Both sides of the body affected (symmetric)
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Joint deformity
  • Joint pain
  • Joint redness
  • Joint stiffness
  • Joint swelling
  • Joint tenderness
  • Joint warmth
  • Limping
  • Loss of joint function
  • Loss of joint range of motion
  • Many joints affected (polyarthritis)
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/4/2021

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