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10 Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

13. Female.

While it may not be a symptom in itself, the female population is at higher risk for getting rheumatoid arthritis that the male gender. While it is still unclear as to why there may be a gender component in the disease process, there appears to be a clear indication that females are more affected. Typically, young females in their early 30s are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and if your mother is affected by this disease then the risk increases for you as well. If your joints chronically ache, look red, or feel warm and you did nothing to provoke this then you should have your doctor assess your situation.

14. Growing Bony Prominent Joints.

The hands are the number one spot in the body affected by rheumatoid arthritis. Typically when the disease has progressed over a number of years, the individual develops abnormal joints. This is usually detected by visual observations because it is quite noticeable. In addition to the joint deformity, many people with rheumatoid arthritis develop prominent bones in the hands and other affected joints. Usually this prominence looks like a large bony “bead” that protrudes from the finger joints and usually on the back part of the hand. If you notice this and have yet to be diagnosed, it is wise to show your doctor as soon as possible.