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What are the primary symptoms of RA?

Expert:   Linda Russell, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery »

A person with rheumatoid arthritis experiences a myriad of symptoms, but there are several that are hallmarks of the disease. Get the specifics.

Transcript: When you wake up in the morning are your joints stiff and achy for at least an hour? If so, you may be one of the 1.3 million Americans with rheumatoid arthritis. Primary rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include: Pain, swelling and stiffness in the smaller joints of the fingers and toes – especially in the morning. Joint pain. Weakness. And fatigue. As the condition progresses, the pain and inflammation can spread to the larger joints in the ankles, knees, hips, elbows and shoulders. Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms may come and go. Sometimes you may have flares, and other times the symptoms may fade and there is little to no pain or swelling. Even though the condition can go into remission for long periods of time, it IS a chronic condition without a cure, and the right treatment is essential to prevent long-term damage to your joints. For more on rheumatoid arthritis, watch other videos in this series. More »

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