What Are the Early Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
I've recently been experiencing mild pain and stiffness in my hands. My mother has rheumatoid arthritis, so naturally, I'm concerned that I might have it too. What are some of the early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
In most (but not all) people with rheumatoid arthritis, early symptoms are vague. These symptoms can include things such as:
- Occasional fevers
- A general sense of not feeling well (malaise)
- A decreased appetite.
These early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may continue for weeks or months before joint symptoms begin, making a diagnosis quite difficult. However, this slow progression, while making a diagnosis frustratingly difficult, should be viewed as a good thing, since the alternative is a rapid progression to more severe and more serious symptoms.