Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:

  1. Joint pain at rest and when moving, along with tenderness, swelling, and warmth of the joint.
  2. Joint stiffness that lasts longer than 30 minutes, typically after waking in the morning or after resting for a long period of time.
  3. Fatigue- tired and low energy.
  4. Occasional low-grade fever.
  5. Loss of appetite

Who Gets Rheumatoid Arthritis?

  • Age: the risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis increases with age. Children and younger teenagers may be diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, a condition related to rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Sex: It is more among women than men. About two to three times as many women as men have the disease. Researchers think that the female hormone estrogen may play a role in the development of the disease for some women.
  • Heredity:  If a family member has RA, you may be more likely to develop the disease.
  • Smoking: Research shows that people who smoke over a long period of time are at an increased risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Obesity: Some research shows that being obese may increase your risk for the disease as well as limit how much the disease can be improved.
  • Periodontitis: Risk of having RA increases with gum disease.

Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: May 22, 2024

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