Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can show signs in numerous ways. The one flagship symptoms is inflammation of the joints. The most common joints affected are ankles, wrists, elbows, hands and feet. People who have suffered for a prolonged amount of time may see the vertebrae become affected. Normally there are multiple joints affected. Here a few common rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

  • Joint stiffness is probably one of the most common rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. The joints range of motion will become affected and you will notice a reduction in motion. Most times stiffness will occur in the early hours of the day and begin to feel better as the day progresses.
  • Tenderness, redness and a warm feeling will appear where inflammation is present.
  • Your joints and the area around the joint will begin to swell and become tender to the touch.
  • Hard bumps called nodules may appear on the joint. The most common area of the body nodules appear are the elbows. These bumps are most noticeable when flexing the joint.
  • Pain will occur due the tissues surrounding inflammation when there is too much movement of the joint. The pain can be quite intensive but the pain threshold depends upon the person.

Other rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, fatigue, joint aches, weight loss and a loss of energy. Symptoms will usually appear gradually in most people but has been known to appear suddenly in others. When you first begin to notice any of these symptoms you may feel like you are coming down with a flu as many rheumatoid arthritis symptoms mimic this feeling. If your rheumatoid arthritis is going into remission you may experience stiffness that lasts no more than 15 minutes at a time. You may begin to feel more rested and your joint pain will become less intense. You may also regain some range of motion in the affected joints and less swelling in the tissues surrounding the joints.


Fluid build up could occur especially in the ankles. It has been known to build in the sac behind the knee joint, this is known as a Baker cyst. These rheumatoid arthritis symptoms feel similar to a tumor and can extend into the calf causing a lot of pain. These cysts can also occur in people who are not diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Many flu like symptoms will occur and can last years.

Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can affect many parts of the body. It is common to see multiple areas of the body affected by moderate or severe arthritis.
Below are a few different areas of the body that can be affected.

  • Your lungs could be affected by RA due to inflammation of the lining that surrounds the lungs. You may notice shortness of breath and can be treated with medications for reducing inflammation.
  • A rare rheumatoid arthritis symptom is the joint in the larynx which can cause hoarseness.
  • The lining around the heart can occur but rarely has symptoms. Clogged arteries can occur due to inflammation of the hearts lining.
  • In less than five percent of people the eyes can become affected. These rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include dry and red eyes and possible pain.


Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is also referred to as Stills disease. The earliest symptom in children is chills, fever, swelling of the joints and pain. You may see a pink rash around the affected joint.

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