Rheumatoid arthritis usually joints on both sides of the body equally. Wrists, fingers, knees, feet, and ankles are the most commonly affected. The disease often begins slowly, usually with only minor joint pain, stiffness, and fatigue. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:
- Morning stiffness — waking up with stiff joints (often the wrists and base of the fingers, ankles, balls of the feet, elbows, or knees)
- Joint pain with warmth, swelling, tenderness, and stiffness of the joint after resting
- Limited range of motion in the affected joints
- Low grade fever (when having a flare)
- Small, round, firm bumps (called nodules) under the skin; you can feel these, but they are generally painless.
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have persistent discomfort and swelling in multiple joints on both sides of your body.
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