Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis generally develop gradually. The small joints like the fingers and toes usually give the first indication of problems although the shoulders and knees can also show early. One of the first early symptoms can be muscle stiffness.

Early Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an insidious disease and can come on very slowly; months can go by before the affects become irritating enough for a person to seek medical advice.


The early symptom include
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • A low Grade Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Tingling and or numbness in the hands

Some of these very early symptoms can come on way before the stiffness and joint swelling we usually associate as with Rheumatoid Arthritis. There are occasions when early symptoms can begin with tissue inflammation in places other than the joints, a person can for example suffer from chest pain or shortness of breath.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid ArthritisJoint Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The joints gradually display pain and stiffness redness and joint swelling and they can be warm to touch.  Generally the stiffness is most problematical in the morning and after sitting for a long time and can persist for an hour or so after getting up. The symptoms  can appear in various areas of the body but generally they show in:

Fingers, Toes, Shoulders, Foot, Ankle, Knee, Hips, Cervical Spine, and Cricoarytenoid joint (near the wind pipe).

Other Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Other Symptoms are known as ‘extra-articular’ (outside the joints) symptoms- .There are a number of symptoms which may occur and these cases are not as yet fully understood.

Nodules- Small painless lumps on the skin generally over the elbow and forearms.

Inflammation around the tendons-  the tissue here is very similar to Synovium which you find around the joints.

Malaise – A low level fever, feeling generally unwell, weight loss, and muscle aches and pains.

As you can see there are numerous Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis  and it can be very confusing as most of these symptoms can be related to so many other conditions, like Symptoms of Osteoarthritis seeking medical attention early is always a good idea.

Swollen Knee
Swollen Knee