Similar to inflammation in a particular joint area, swelling is a common symptom among individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. Swelling, or edema, is a symptom that often presents with an enlarged region of the body. For many individuals, the knee joint is affected greatly affected by swelling. The hands, which are the most common area for arthritis, typically have edema, but it is not quite as overt. If you notice that your joints are looking swollen, consider monitoring them for a little bit to see if they remain that way. If you notice that the swelling in the affected area does not vanish then consult with your doctor or rheumatologist for more direction.
4. General Lack of Energy
Your energy levels can really tell a lot about your health and wellness. When you are energized, you tend to feel great and can accomplish any task throughout the day. In contrast, if you are drained of energy and not feeling as well as you should, then there is a good chance that you may be tired and sluggish. Your energy levels are something that you can monitor day in and day out and if you notice that you are unusually tired (meaning you have not done physical exercise or mental activities that cause fatigue), then you should consult with your doctor for more information. Sometimes your hydration is tied into your energy levels, but fatigue is a common symptom for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis.