Morning stiffness and symmetrical joint pain are the most recognizable symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
However, the first symptoms to occur are usually fatigue, weakness, low-grade fever or loss of appetite and weight.
These conditions can arise even before joint problems develop. Because these symptoms are common and occur in many other illnesses, you and your doctor may not initially suspect arthritis.
- Prolonged stiffness
- Systemic effects
- Advanced effects