Joint symptoms usually involve multiple joints. The most commonly affected joints are the wrists and fingers. Other joints can also be affected. This can include the knees, feet, elbow, hips, neck and ankles. Usually if joints on one side of the body are affected, then joints on the other side of the body are also affected.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, but it can be managed. Symptoms usually flare up and subside intermittently. Each person is different. In some people, symptoms get worse over time, while in others, there may be long periods without any disease activity.
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Joint symptoms include:
Other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:
Conditions associated with rheumatoid arthritis include:
Rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.arthritis.org/conditions-treatments/disease-center/rheumatoid-arthritis. Accessed July 24, 2013.
Rheumatoid arthritis. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Rheumatic_Disease/default.asp. Updated April 2009. Accessed July 24, 2013.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what. Updated July 2, 2013. Accessed July 24, 2013.
Last reviewed May 2014 by Michael Woods, MD
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