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10 Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

warm to the touch

7. Warm to the Touch

When you suspect that your joints are red or look a little swollen, or perhaps they are painful, you will want to examine the area further. Gently touching your affected joint is a great way to see (or feel) what is going on inside your body. For many people with rheumatoid arthritis, warm joints tend to be a common symptom that can be detected easily. If you suspect that your affected area is warm to the touch, consider having your doctor or rheumatologist look at the area. If you desire, you can apply a gentle cold pack to your warmed area throughout the day to help cool the area, but getting medical advice at this point will be a good option.

disfigured joints

8. Disfigured Joints
Rheumatoid arthritis provides a good amount of symptoms that are easily detected, but none of the other symptoms are quite as overt as disfigured joints. Usually this is something that occurs in the finger joints, the joint spaces begin to deform and cause the structure of the fingers and hands to look unnatural. While this is something that progresses slowly, it is a symptom that can be the decider for rheumatoid arthritis. There are not many treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis in the hands, other than performing light range of motion activities in the fingers, so it is best to discuss this symptom with your doctor for more information.