Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
affects people differently. For some people, it lasts
only a few months
or a year or two and goes away without causing any noticeable damage. Other
people have mild
or moderate forms of the disease, with periods of worsening symptoms, called
periods in which they feel better, called remissions. Still others have a
severe form of the
disease that is active most of the time, lasts for many years or a lifetime,
and leads to
serious joint damage and disability.
Although rheumatoid arthritis can have many different symptoms, joints are
Rheumatoid arthritis almost always affects the joints of the hands (such as
the knuckle joints),
wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and/or feet. The vertebrae of the neck are
sometimes involved in
people who have had the disease for many years. Usually at least 2 or 3
different joints are
involved on both sides of the body, often in a symmetrical (mirror image)
pattern. The usual
joint symptoms include the following:
Rheumatoid arthristis symptom:
The joint does not move as well as it once did. Its range of
motion (the extent to
which the appendage of the joint, such as the arm, leg, or finger, can move
in different directions)
may be reduced. Typically, stiffness is most noticeable in the morning and
improves later in the day.
Redness, tenderness, and warmth are the hallmarks of
: The area around the affected joint is swollen and puffy.
These are hard bumps that appear on or near the joint. They often
are found near the elbows.
They are most noticeable on the part of the joint that juts out when the
joint is flexed.
Pain in rheumatoid arthritis has several sources. Pain can come from
inflammation or swelling
of the joint and surrounding tissues or from working the joint too hard. The
intensity of the pain
varies by the individual.