Health Tip: Recognize Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Get a Grip on Rheumatoid Arthritis

(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.

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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