Symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis can have multiple symptoms affecting bone joints.
• It most commonly affects the joints present in the hand such as wrist joints, elbows, knuckles. It also affects the ankles, feet and knees.
• Larger joints present in hips, jaws and shoulders may also be affected
• Neck vertebrae may be affected in those people who have had Rheumatoid arthritis for several years.
Usual symptoms include
• Joint stiffness: The range of motion of the joint may be reduced and this symptom is more pronounced in the morning, just after waking up and improves as the day progresses.
• Inflammation: There is usually tenderness, redness and warmth which characterize Rheumatoid arthritis inflammation.
• Swelling: The surrounding area around the joint can be puffy and swollen.
• Nodules: In Rheumatoid arthritis, nodules or hard bumps appear near or on the affected joint, often in the elbow area. They are more prominent on or near the joint that protrudes when it is flexed.
• Pain: Rheumatoid arthritis pain can have several sources. It may arise out of joint or tissue inflammation or if the joint has been exercised too hard.