9. Stomach Pain
Did you know that rheumatoid arthritis, a condition of your bones and joints, also affects the functioning of your digestive system? This is a symptom that is usually overlooked and if you notice that you are having frequent ulcers, some bleeding in your stomach, or even some colitis (inflammation in the colon), then it is best to let your doctor do some tests to figure out the cause. Inflammation from the arthritis tends to spread to the digestive system of your body and cause some discomfort, which is how ulcers and other digestive issues tend to form. If you experience any of these symptoms, in addition to any others already listed, you should inform your doctor of this, as this can be important in the diagnosis process.
10. Chest Pain
Rheumatoid arthritis is a nasty condition that not only presents pain and discomfort on a regular basis, but it also places individuals at risk for cardiac problems. Quite often, the inflammation in the affected area, or areas, of the body tends to spread to the heart, where it then begins to affect the functioning of the heart muscle. This can cause this area to block some of the blood flow through a variety of ways, which subsequently can cause chest pain. If you have noticed that your joints have been hurting or you suspect that you have rheumatoid arthritis and you experience chest pain, then do not take this lightly and seek medical attention immediately and call for emergency personnel. Chest pain is a symptom that tells you that you need medical intervention soon, regardless of how severe the condition may be.