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Rheumatoid Arthritis (cont.)

What Does RA Feel Like?

The usual symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are stiff and painful joints, muscle pain, and fatigue. The experience of rheumatoid arthritis is different for each person. Some people have more severe pain than others. Most people with rheumatoid arthritis feel very stiff and achy in their joints, and frequently in their entire bodies, when they wake up in the morning. Joints may be swollen, and fatigue is very common. It is frequently difficult to perform daily activities that require use of the hands, such as opening a door or tying one's shoes. Since fatigue is a common symptom of rheumatoid arthritis, it is important for people with rheumatoid arthritis to rest when necessary and get a good night's sleep. Systemic inflammation is very draining for the body.

When Should People Seek Medical Care for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Joint pain or stiffness or swelling around a joint that lasts more than two weeks warrants a visit to a health-care professional.

Someone who experiences symptoms that he or she thinks may be caused by arthritis should talk to a doctor. A doctor can explain the treatment options.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/21/2016

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic inflammatory disease of unknown cause that primarily affects the peripheral joints in a symmetric pattern.

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