Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 2/15/2022

Symptoms and signs of rheumatoid arthritis can be related to the joints themselves or may be systemic (involving the whole body). Signs and symptoms typically come and go and result from inflammation. Joint aches and stiffness, muscle aches, low-grade fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, and loss of energy are characteristic of active disease. Joints can become warm, swollen, reddened, painful, and tender. Joint pain and stiffness, particularly early in the morning, are often early symptoms. Usually, multiple joints on both sides of the body are affected. Depending on the specific joints that are affected, other possible symptoms include limping, hoarseness, and painful walking. In children, crying, irritability, and poor appetite are often observed. Firm lumps or firm bumps under the skin (subcutaneous nodules called rheumatoid nodules) can occur around the elbows and fingers where there is frequent pressure.

Other rheumatoid arthritis (ra) symptoms and signs

  • Crying
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Hoarseness
  • Irritability
  • Joint Pain
  • Joint Redness
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Joint Swelling
  • Joint Tenderness
  • Limping
  • Loss of Energy
  • Low Grade Fever
  • Lumps Under the Skin
  • Muscle Aches
  • Muscle Stiffness
  • Pain With Walking
  • Warmth of Joints

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/15/2022


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