Early Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Early Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis

inflammation of the hand often occurs in everyone, when the person is doing a lot of daily activities that are classified as heavy work. Not only heavy work, even light work sometimes often causes people to experience pain in the joints of the hand.

Pain in the joints of the hand should not be considered trivial, because the pain may cause severe inflammation of the hand. It’s good we should always pay attention to any pain or pain that occurs in our body.

There are two types of inflammation in the hand, which will now be knowledge about Rheumatoid Arthritis.


What is Rheumatoid Arthritis ?? Let’s look at the explanation below: Rheumatoid arthritis in the world of medicine, also called Rheumatoid arthritis, which can be abbreviated as RA, is a chronic joint inflammation that causes swelling, stiffness and pain that is often found in the joints of the feet and hands. This disease is caused by an autoimmune disorder.

Besides rheumatoid often attacks the legs and arms, the disease can also attack other parts of the body, such as the lungs, eyes, skin and blood vessels.

Gradually this inflammation can cause sufferers to experience destruction of joint tissue and bone shape. This will have an impact on daily activities having difficulty when using hands and walking. This disease can limit the function of organs affected by inflammation. For example in daily activities such as writing, wearing clothes, and carrying items.

The extent of the prevalence of this disease is suffered by some people?

Rheumatoid arthritis can affect anyone, both old, teenagers, adults, and even children. Women are known to risk 2-3 experience this disease than men.

Signs & Symptoms 

What are the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?a sign that often appears in rheumatid arthritis is joint stiffness and joint pain in the affected part of the disease, this can worsen in the morning when you wake up and sit too long. The affected joint can feel painful, swollen, reddened, and warm to the touch.

Other signs that can be felt by rheumatoid arthritis are weakness, lethargy, pain or itching, decreased appetite, fever, and lack of energy.

Then, what are the symptoms of this disease? Here are 15 initial symptoms to watch out for:

1.      Joint pain

2.      Sensitive joints

3.      Easily tired

4.      Fever

5.      Reddish joint

6.      Swollen joints

7.      The joint feels warm

8.      The joint cannot move freely

9.      Stiff joints

10.  The road becomes lame

11.  Regarding joints on both sides of the body

12.  Joints are deformed or deformed

13.  Polyarthritis

14.  Joint function delinquency

15.  Anemia

Here’s the description of every symptom of rheumatoid arthritis:

  1. Joint pain

Joint pain occurs when a person experiences rheumatism (rheumatiod) and the appearance of inflammation in the area of ​​the joint, because the disease is active. This joint pain can arise when rheumatism is not recurring. This happens maybe because the joint has been damaged before.

When the joint is painful, the area will cause the joint to swell, due to thickening, the synovial membrane or the protective layer of the joint, or the excess effect on the diseased joint.

Swelling in this joint will cause pain, because inflamed joints make joint capsules stretch and irritation. Ujing joint capsules are very sensitive to pain, so they can send pain signals to the brain.In people who have experienced rheumatism before, the person’s joint has permanent damage to the ligaments and bones (including the cartilage). When the damaged joint is used for activity or movement, a feeling that is quite painful will arise.

  1. Sensitive joints

Not only is the pain experienced, the symptoms caused by this disease also cause the area to become irritated and more sensitive. Irritation of the nerve of the joint capsule due to inflammation of the tissue layer.

When the irritated joint capsule is held or touched, it will hurt. This is what causes rheumatoid sufferers to experience insomnia or difficulty sleeping, because if any joint joint capsule, will cause intense pain.

  1. Easily tired Easy fatigue can be felt when people experience rheumatic disease, especially when the rheumatic disease recurs. This easy fatigue due to rheumatic disease occurs due to the body’s reaction to inflammation that is taking place in the joints, and saves a person from lack of blood, lack of sleep and side effects of the drugs consumed.

When this happens someone who accompanies rheumatism will affect mood, activity, relationships, work, concentration, even happiness. This condition will reduce appetite and decrease in weight.


4. Fever

When the rheumatic disease recurs, there are some patients who have a fever, but when the rheumatism has been treated, the heat drops again.


5. reddish joint

In the area of ​​the affected joint the reddish color will appear. this change is because in areas that experience inflammation of the presence of dilated capillary arteries due to the response to inflammation.

However, the response will depend on the severity of the rheumatic disease, when the rheumatic disease is severe, the skin will experience redness, but when the rheumatic disease is not too severe, it will be slightly red.


6. Swollen joints

Swollen joints are common in people with ramatik. Initially the swelling appears a little and the heart does not appear, but when the bleeding is severe the swelling can be quite large. Symptoms of rheumatism can make body parts that experience swelling difficult to move


7. The joint feels warm

The joint feels warm and is a symptom of active arthritis. When a doctor examines a person affected by rheumatism, it will touch the part of the joint that feels warm or not, if the joint is warm, the inflammation is active.

If a person’s body responds well to the treatment of rheumatism, then the warm sensation will disappear on its own.


8. The joint cannot move freely when joints become more inflamed,

it is difficult for the body to move. And if the joints are also affected by rheumatism, then the ability to move will also disappear permanently.


9. Stiff joints One characteristic of rheumatism is kekuan in the joints in the morning when you wake up.

Rigid joints are a symptom that often occurs in people who suffer from rheumatism. When the joints are inflamed and will become stiff. The doctor will measure the severity of the rheumatic disease, which is how long the joints experience stiffness in the morning.


10. The road becomes lame

the next symptom of rheumatism is when walking becomes limp. Rheumatic sufferers can limp their way because they hold their sore joints, they cannot be moved freely and swollen.

Limping is not just people who have rheumatism, but this is one of the symptoms suffered by people affected by rheumatic disease. Because this involves nerves, muscles, and bones


11. Regarding joints on both sides of the body

In rheumatic diseases it usually attacks several joints from both sides of the body (symmetrical) such as the wrists, hands, and feet which are usually often inflamed, but if the knees, shoulders, ankles, hips and elbows, are usually affected early in the infection.


12. Joints are deformed or have abnormalities

When inflammation is detected late, the bones erosion and ligaments are sagging. This can experience bone defects due to permanent rheumatism. So the need for detection and treatment as early as possible so that it can be dealt with quickly.


13. Polyarthritis

If only 1 and a few joints are painful, this condition is called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or commonly called joint disorder commonly experienced by children. But when there are 4 or more joints that are inflamed, this is called polyarthritis. If the amount below is called oligoarthritis. But if only one joint is infected it is called monoarthritis


14. The joint loses its function

When rheumatism triggers pain, swelling and sensitive joints, this will cause the joint to lose its function. Because it disturbs stability and balance in his body.


15. Anemia

This anemia can occur because the bone marrow reduces the production of red blood cells, this is what causes people to get anemia. Especially when the disease is relapsing.

In addition to the symptoms of rheumatism earlier, you also need to know that rheumatism can appear slowly, for example, only attacking 1 or a few joints. But sometimes the disease directly “paralyzes” joints on both sides of the body at once. So, be careful, and live a healthy lifestyle to avoid the risk of rheumatism.

There may be signs and symptoms of rheumatism that are not mentioned above. If you have concerns about a particular rheumatic symptom, consult your doctor.