Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term illness that leads to inflammation in the joints and surrounding tissues. It can also affect other organs.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
This disease usually begins gradually with:
* Loss of appetite
* Morning stiffness (lasting more than 1 hour)
* The spread of muscle pain
Eventually, joint pain appears. When joints are not used for a while, may be warm, tender, and stiff. When lining the joints become inflamed, gives off more fluid and joints become swollen. Joint pain is often felt on both sides of the body, and can affect the fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, toes, and neck.
Additional symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis include:
* Anemia due to failure of the bone marrow to produce enough new red blood cells
* Eye Burns, itching, and discharge
* Hand and foot deformity
* Limited range of motion
* Low Fever
* Inflammation of the lungs (pleurisy)
* Nodules under the skin (usually a sign of more severe disease)
* Numbness or tingling
* Skin redness or inflammation
* Swelling of the gland
Joint destruction may occur within 1-2 years after the emergence of the disease.