(HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when tissue that lines the joints becomes inflamed. At the same time, the body produces a chemical that destroys the joint surface, which ultimately can lead to widespread pain and joint deformity.
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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons lists these common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis:
- Joint swelling and pain.
- Joint stiffness that occurs in the morning.
- A warm sensation that surrounds the joints, and joint deformities.
- A fever, and lack of energy and appetite.
- Being anemic (having a low red blood cell count), which can cause weakness.
- Nodules (lumps), especially near the elbow.
- Foot problems such as hammer toes or bunions.
-- Diana Kohnle
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