12 Early Signs And Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

By Anthony Platte
Updated May 13, 2016
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12 Early Signs And Symptoms Of Rheumatoid ArthritisRheumatoid arthritis is a condition that affects the joints in particular. However, it is a progressive condition, which means that a lot of people find that it starts to affect other parts of the body as well. The eyes are commonly affected. Usually, the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis start to appear quite quickly, only taking a few weeks for them to fully appear. Some people experience the full range of symptoms within just a few days. It should be noted, however, that every person is unique and this means that each one will experience the condition in different ways. Many people find that their symptoms change over time, and that they have periods without any symptoms of all. However, as a progressive condition, most people ultimately find that the symptoms become more frequent and more severe over time.

12 Early Signs And Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Most people start to experience 12 specific symptoms when the condition is just starting. These are:

1.) Joint pain, which can be anything from a sharp, shooting pain, to a constant, nagging, dull ache.

2.) Fatigue and feeling lethargic.

3.) Joint swelling, which may or may not be visible to the naked eye.

4.) Joint tenderness, with some people finding that the softest touch to the affected joint is agony.

5.) Joint warmth, which can be noticed if people don't experience too much joint tenderness.

6.) Joint redness, generally visible to the naked eye, making the joint look inflamed. This is in part due to the swelling, which causes stress on the skin.

7.) Reduction in the range of movements of the joints.

8.) Joint stiffness, which often cannot be relieved through simple stretching or movement.

9.) Limping, particularly if the joints of the knees are affected.

10.) Polyarthritis, meaning multiple joints are affected all over the body.

11.) Symmetric arthritis, meaning the joints on both side of the body are affected.

12.) Joint deformity.

These 12 signs and symptoms tend to continue to be present in the life of people with rheumatoid arthritis, and they get progressively worse. Overall, the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are characterized by pain, stiffness, redness, warmth, and swelling. However, some people also start to experience weight loss, poor appetite, sweating, fevers, and lack of energy. These symptoms are usually interrelated, which means that if you experience one, the others are likely to follow.

A Progressive Condition

Rheumatoid arthritis is progressive and there is no current cure for it. However, there are many things that can be done in order to significantly slow down its progression, thereby ensuring those who suffer from it can continue to enjoy a high quality of life. The symptoms as described above can be indicative of the condition, but also of a number of other conditions. For this reason, it is vital that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. This is also because, if it is rheumatoid arthritis, medical professionals can put treatment plans in place to help you manage your condition and stop it from getting so bad that your quality of life is diminished.





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