Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in each person is different and can change over time. Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms usually do not appear directly all, but develops slowly over several weeks. Although rare, some patients with rheumatoid arthritis may also experience symptoms progress rapidly, even in just a matter of days. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can appear and disappear for a while.
Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects the small joints in the hands and feet first. Some of the symptoms that often occur in the joints due to rheumatoid arthritis, among them:
Rigid. Joints will be stiff and difficult to be moved. This phenomenon is particularly felt in the morning or after resting. Symptoms stiff joints is often associated with osteoarthritis. But usually in osteoarthritis, the symptoms will disappear half an hour after waking up, while in rheumatoid arthritis will last longer.
Redness, swelling, and feels warm. Joints will be reddish, swollen and feels warm to the touch.
Pain. Joints will ache and throb. Similarly, the stiffness in the joints, pain is usually worse in the morning or after resting.
In addition to symptoms such as those mentioned above, some rheumatoid arthritis sufferers may also experience fever, weight loss, fatigue and lack of energy, sweating, and reduced appetite. Patients may also experience dry eyes and pain in the chest if the symptoms spread to the eyes, the heart to the lungs.
Rheumatoid arthritis should be treated as if the disease worsens, the symptoms could spread to other joints including the knee, wrist, shoulder, ankle, hip, and elbow. And if left too long, rheumatoid arthritis can cause joints to shift and change shape.