Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs

What is the main symptom of arthritis you experience on a daily basis?

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs

What is the main symptom of arthritis you experience on a daily basis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes inflammation of joints and tissues, leading to pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. While doctors are not sure what causes rheumatoid arthritis, they have identified certain risk factors that may make you more likely to develop it at some point in your life. Women tend to develop RA more often than men do, and it tends to more commonly occur during middle age. Genetics, hormone changes, and infection are also thought to be possible causes.

The most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis is stiffness in the joints, which is usually worse in the mornings, joint pain (usually felt on the same joint on both sides of your body), and eventually a loss in range of motion can happen in the affected joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can also involve symptoms that affect other parts of the body, including chest pain (while breathing in), dry mouth or eyes, itchy, burning eyes with discharge, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, and difficulty sleeping. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please talk to your doctor right away to find out if you may be suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

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Eugene Y

I first suspected that I might have RA when I started waking up with very stiff joints in my hands, to the point that I could barely get the coffee going. I brought it up to my doctor and was given some exercises to do in the mornings, which helped for a while, but it got progressivly worse. The pain came later, after the stiffness had already become something I was used to.

Trevor I

For me it was a combination of random stiffness in my knees and hands, combined with soreness in my muscles that couldn't be explained. The pain in my joints came a bit later on, but always comes with the stiffness, which makes everything harder.

Jo Q

Rheumatoid Arthritis runs in my family, so I already knew what to expect. As soon as the joint pain and stiffness started up, I knew why. I got started on treatment early so I have been able to manage it quite successfully so far.

Gerardo Q

Don't ignore pain in your joints, or any kind of stiffness! The sooner you start treatment, the better off you'll be. Oh, and don't down bottle after bottle of over the counter pain reliever, like I did in the beginning. Your doctor can give you much more effective ways of managing the pain.

Otis E

For me it's definitely the daily pain and stiffness, especially first thing in the mornings. I can barely have my first cup of tea without it acting up.

Jerome O

On a daily basis, I'd say it's the pain, even when doing small tasks that used to be no problem for me. The other day I tried to open up a jar of sauce and the pain just tore through my hands. The stiffness is there, but more manageable and easier to work around.

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