Question: How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include: Tender, warm, swollen joints. Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the mornings and after inactivity. Fatigue, fever and loss of appetite.

What were your first symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

The early warning signs of RA include:Fatigue. Before experiencing any other symptoms, a person with RA may feel extremely tired and lack energy. Slight fever. Inflammation associated with RA may cause people to feel unwell and feverish. Weight loss. Stiffness. Joint tenderness. Joint pain. Joint swelling. Joint redness.More items

Does rheumatoid arthritis come on suddenly?

In a few people with RA -- about 5% to 10% -- the disease starts suddenly, and then they have no symptoms for many years, even decades. Symptoms that come and go. This happens to about 15% of people with rheumatoid arthritis. You may have periods of few or no problems that can last months between flare-ups.

What is the typical age of onset for rheumatoid arthritis?

You can get rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at any age, but its most likely to show up between ages 30 and 50. When it starts between ages 60 and 65, its called elderly-onset RA or late-onset RA.

Can Rheumatoid Arthritis be mistaken for something else?

Viral infections, other kinds of arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases may all be mistaken for RA, depending on which specific constellation of symptoms you have.

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