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10 Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

15. Numbness or Tingling.

One of the common signs of rheumatoid arthritis is numbness or tingling in the outer extremities. This is widely considered to be the cause of inflammation compressing the nerves and preventing full sensation pathways to make it to the outer extremities. I you wake up in the morning and you notice that you have any numbness in any particular area of your body (especially the hands, feet, or ankles), you should check with your doctor and discuss these symptoms. While this is a common sign for many conditions, it can be quite difficult to diagnose when other symptoms are missing from the full health evaluation.

16. Heart Problems.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease in which inflammation attacks one or many joints in the body. However, there is a chance that it can infiltrate the heart muscle and cause cardiac issues as well. Some issues that have been known to occur with rheumatoid arthritis include pericarditis, constrictive pericarditis, or even heart valve abnormalities. These symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can be found on an echocardiogram and you may even notice light symptoms related to fatigue. If you are feeling weak, fatigue, or just not yourself and you have swollen, red joints, you should have your doctor perform a thorough workup for arthritis to see if this is the case for you.