UNDERSTANDING RA SYMPTOMS
Your body is trying to tell
you something

Common RA symptoms can include:

Rheumatoid arthritis symptom: Joint pain

Joint Pain

Rheumatoid arthritis symptom: Joint swelling & stiffness

Joint Swelling
& Stiffness

Rheumatoid arthritis symptom: Fatigue

Fatigue

Other RA symptoms can include:

Rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups

Flares followed by periods of lower disease activity

Rheumatoid arthritis symptom: Aching muscle pain

Aching and muscle pain

Rheumatoid arthritis symptom: Fevers

Low-grade fevers

Rheumatoid arthritis symptom: Loss of appetite

Loss of appetite

Rheumatoid arthritis nodules

Rheumatoid nodules under the skin

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This disease is much more than a joint disease.

-Dee, Tennessee

Know the signs

Inflammation of the joints can be a sign that your immune system is attacking healthy cells in your joints, which can cause RA symptoms. A period of higher disease activity—increases in inflammation and other symptoms—is called a flare.

So, don’t just “make it through the day.”

If you're experiencing RA symptoms,
and your treatment plan isn't working,

it’s time to talk to a rheumatologist.

Help stop further joint damage

Inflammation occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your joints.

 

If not treated effectively, this inflammation can lead to reduced joint mobility,
chronic joint pain, and permanent joint damage.

 

Which is why rheumatologists recommend early diagnosis and aggressive treatment when appropriate.

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Hazard sign alerting to how fast joint damage can develop

Joint damage
starts fast

Permanent joint damage can begin in as little as 1 year.

Working with a rheumatologist

Your rheum can help stop the damage

Work with your rheumatologist to find the right management and treatment plan for you. One that can help prevent further joint damage.