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Muscles, joints and bonesRheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in the joints especially the wrist and the fingers. It is more common in women than in men often starts between ages 25 to 55. If severe, it can last for a lifetime. It is different from osteoarthritis and the indications include:

• The characteristic Indication of RA is Morning joint stiffness.

• Persistent joint pain.

• Joint swelling

• Joint stiffness after inactivity.

• Inflammation indicated by joint swelling, stiffness, redness, and/or warmth.

• Joint deformity.

• Unexplained weight loss.

• Loss of flexibility in a joint.

• Pain or tenderness in a joint which is aggravated by movement or activity, like walking, getting up from a chair, writing, typing, holding an object, throwing a ball, turning a key.

• Warm joints

• Extreme fatigue, lack of energy, weakness, or a feeling of malaise.

• Non-specific fever.

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