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These 6 Joint problems show you have Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis, known as RA is an autoimmune disease, where your body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues and cells. Resulting in damaging inflammation most especially in the joints.

This type of inflammatory arthritis mainly affects the joints of the hands, wrists, and knees, however any joint in the body can be affected. For some groups of people, RA can damage other body systems, including the eyes, skin, heart, and blood vessels.

If left untreated, RA can cause wearing off of the bone and joint deformation. This inflammation can also damage other parts of the body. Thus, the risk for damage to the joints and other parts of the body is why early diagnosis and thorough treatment are vital.

Initially, at the early occurrence, RA affects your smaller joints, especially your finger and toe joints. As this disease progresses, you may experience symptoms in the larger joints, including the knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, hips, and shoulders. 

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In this article, we will cover the earliest symptoms of people with RA affecting the joints. 

The joint problems include; joint pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, redness, and warmth are all ways in which RA affects this part of the body.


The joint pain results from inflammation that is present when the disease is active. Mostly, it can also occur when RA is controlled but joint damage is present.


The swelling of your joints is due to the thickening of the linings of your joints and excess joint fluid. It's obvious to see and tell when your joints are swollen and it affects the way you move, or swelling of the hands can make it harder to pick things.


It causes joint tenderness due to irritation in the nerves of the joint area, 


Joints are inflamed and stiffen up in the morning or after long periods of not being active. It's good to know that the length of time your morning stiffness lasts will indicate how severe your inflammation is, although it relieves with treatment.


This is often seen as redness in the skin over inflamed joints. It results from widened skin blood vessels due to nearby inflammation.


Here, warmth sometimes can be present without visible swelling and redness. It is resolved once the condition improves.

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