Rheumatoid Arthritis: Symptoms

Reviewed by Dr. Fischer

Because rheumatoid arthritis frequently tends to attack the joints, most of its symptoms are joint-related. However, while the joints are the most likely part of the body to be affected in RA, it is important to remember that the disease is a systemic disorder and can also affect many other organs in the body, manifesting in other symptoms as well. Common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:

  • Joint pains
  • Joint swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Skin nodules (bumps under the skin)

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