The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis typically begin in the small joints of the hands and feet first and then may spread to the knees, ankles, elbows, hips and shoulders. The disorder may alternate between remission and severe flares, but in general, worsen over time. In most cases, symptoms occur in the same joints on both sides of your body. The most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include the following:
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling
- Stiffness, especially in the morning
Diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis may require a combination of tests, including a physical examination, imaging tests and blood tests.
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