Rheumatoid arthritis mostly affects the joints but can also affect other body parts. There are several symptoms that you can notice and make you realize that you are infected by rheumatoid arthritis. However the symptoms are very tricky and vary from different individuals but most of them are common. Also you do not notice the symptoms all at the same time, you can get the symptoms and they disappear and this can happen for several days, it all depends on how long the disease has been in the body. Hence it is advisable to go for a checkup immediately you notice some of these rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
Rheumatoid arthritis causes the joints to experience a severe pain that reduces their mobility. This pain can be experienced in the morning after waking up or after having an inactive day. It goes in seasons, there are times that it becomes active and during this time you can easily identify the symptom, there are times that it becomes inactive and you can barely recognize it. When active, rheumatoid arthritis is known to cause tissue inflammation and this ends when inactive, the patient might not feel any pain and might think they are well. This is known as the remission period. During this period, the patient can undergo treatment which might take varied time before they get well. The disease can become active again and this is known as relapse and all the symptoms will be noticeable again.
The most common signs during this period include loss of energy, lack of appetite, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, fever and the muscles might also feel stiff after being idle or in the morning. During these stages, rheumatoid arthritis makes the joints experience a lot of pain, they become red, swollen and very soft. It can also affect the shoulders and the knees and this creates great pain in the shoulders and when the knees are affected, the mobility is greatly reduced. When the disease affects the hands, it can cause fingers deformity and this will deny the individual strength to do much with the hands.
The hands joints are among the first joints that will help you notice the early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. They become inflamed in a manner that even prevents you from doing light tasks like opening jar tops. The inflammation occurs in a multiple manner where both sides of the affected area experience the inflammation. The legs are also affected and this will definitely cause painful walking. When rheumatoid arthritis is chronic, it can cause serious problems like destroying the body cartilage and bones; this will in return weaken the bones and might even lead to deformity. It is more dangerous when rheumatoid arthritis attacks an individual’s vocal joints, this will lead to the voice becoming hoarse. This will cause difficulty in speaking and it is also very painful. You can easily note rheumatoid arthritis in small children if they develop a habit of crying a lot, limping when walking and low appetite.