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Early Warning Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Take a look at the early warning sign of rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis affects about 40 million Americans and 350 million people nationwide. But it’s easy to brush off symptoms as something else, such as temporary injury. If you notice any of the following symptoms, let your doctor know right away — don’t assume they’ll go away on their own. And never ignore one general feeling if you’re having it (no. 12).

1. Your body feels stiff when you wake up

When you’ve been sleeping for hours, you may find it tough to jump out of bed in the morning. While it’s common to need a minute before getting out of bed, general stiffness in the morning is a sign of arthritis. Depending on how long the stiffness lasts, the type of arthritis may vary. There are ways to minimize the morning stiffness you may feel from RA, but talk to your doctor about a diagnosis first.

2. You’re running a low fever

A low-grade fever is common with RA. But if this is one of your symptoms, expect your fever to be no more than 100 degrees. If it’s higher than 100 degrees, it is likely a sign of another illness. According to Everyday Health, fevers are common in RA patients because the body identifies swollen joints as foreign and signals the immune system to fight them. Plus, certain RA medications can weaken the immune system, leading to infection and fever.

3. You’ve become anemic

Doctors believe that about 60% of RA patients also have anemia, known as anemia of chronic disease (ACD). ACD is not well understood, but experts think inflamed tissues release proteins that prevent the creation of healthy red blood cells and prevent the body from properly using iron. If you have ACD as a result of RA, your doctor will likely supply an iron supplement to help ease any anemia symptoms.

Read on: Early Warning Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis

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